Guys, this is it. The day of reckoning has come. Ryzen 7 burst onto the scene as the first real competitive CPUs from AMD in years, but it basically handed it to Intel’s X99 Core i7 chips in terms of multithreading performance to price. But today, AMD launches Ryzen 5, and it’s aiming to do the same thing to Intel’s core i5 chips and even the i7 7700K. So. … Will it? Today, we have numbers for all 4 of the new Ryzen 5 chips, and WE’LL aim to answer that question. So. … Let’s get started.
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So, the specs for the Ryzen 5 lineup has been out for a while, but let’s quickly refresh our memories, shall we? The lineup is composed of 4 chips, the 1400, 1500X, 1600, and 1600X. Where all 3 Ryzen 7 CPUs had 8 cores and 16 threads, These new mid-range CPUs, appropriately, bring the core counts down to 6 and 4 cores. The Ryzen 5 1400 and 1500X have 4 cores and 8 threads, while the 1600 and 1600X get 6 cores, 12 threads. For base to boost clocks, it ranges pretty evenly from the 1400’s 3.2 to 3.4 to the 1600X’s 3.6 to 4.0. They’ve all got 16MB of L3 cache except the 1400, with 8MB, and they’ve all got a 65W TDP except the 1600X, with 95W. And just like the Ryzen 7 processors, all the Ryzen 3 processors are unlocked and overclockable. But one of the most appealing things about these processors will be the price, starting at just 169 US for the 1400 and going up to 249 for the 1600X. OR WILL IT! Be the most appealing thing? The price, that is. Just you wait until we get to the benchmarks, you can decide for yourself.
For our test setup, we used the same one that we used in our 1700X review – An ASUS Crosshair 6 Hero X370 motherboard, an ASUS Strix GTX 1080 graphics card, and 32GB of G.Skill TridentZ DDR4 memory. That DDR4 is timed at 3200MHz, because Ryzen likes itself some fast RAM. Now for cooling, the Ryzen 5 1400 does come with AMD’s Wraith Stealth unit, while the 1500X and 1600 come with the Wraith Spire – the 1600X comes cooler-less. But, Cooler Master was kind enough to send us a MasterLiquid 240 all-in-one liquid cooler, so we used that instead. It looks real slick, and it’ll make sure our CPUs stay nice and frosty so we don’t get any thermal throttling.
Now, on to the tests. Some of you commented on my Ryzen 7 1700X review that I only benchmarked at 4K, so with these, I tested at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K, because you’re important to me. And I want you to be able to talk to me about anything. Ok? Unfortunately, that means I also decided to not get into overclocking or anything crazy, because I didn’t get these CPUs until last week, and I’m just one man, people. Now, originally, I was going to try and just review the flagship 1600X, but then I got my hands on the whole lineup, so I didn’t manage to get a Kaby Lake i5 CPU in time to include them in these tests, so I’ll just be comparing them to my previous benches. However, as you’ll see, there are some instances where these CPUs give even the Intel i7s I tested a run for their money.
Now, for pure CPU tests, I ran Cinebench, CPU-Z, and our Handbrake 4K encoding test. The new CPUs placed as expected below the Ryzen 7 1700X, but we can also see that Ryzen 7’s excellent multi-threading performance continues with Ryzen 5. The Ryzen 5 1600 and 1600X scored higher than the Intel Core i7 7700K and 6800K in the Cinebench Multi-threaded test and the Handbrake encoding test. The 1600X also beat the Intel chips in CPUZ Multi-threaded. However, of course the 7700K had the strongest single-threaded performance of the bunch.
Moving on to game benchmarks – I ran Overwatch for regular FPS purposes, and the built in benchmark from Ashes of the Singularity on the Extreme preset and GTA V, all at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. Now – there are a number of surprising results here, one of which is the fact that a couple of the Ryzen processors actually did better at 1440p than they did at 1080p. I’m not sure exactly what the cause of that is, maybe AMD hadn’t released official drivers in Windows 10, I dono. But the overall picture is very good. The 1600X came right up to the Core i7 7700K in Overwatch at 1080p and 1440p, and was 1 fps off in GTA V at 4K, although pretty much every part was really close in that test. At the other resolutions, the 7700K pulled away strongly in Ashes and GTA V, so it seems like overall, it’s probably still the king gaming part, but, it’s also around 330 bucks. The most expensive of these new Ryzen 5 chips is 249, and if you’re looking at the difference in gaming between the Ryzen 5 1400 at 169 dollars and the i7 7700K at 330, in a lot of titles – it’s not that big.
Well, hopefully this has given you an idea of what the new Ryzen 5 CPUs are capable of. We’ll be looking to put out more Ryzen content in the future, and of course, we’ll be reporting on any interesting developments on Netlinked. But! That’s it for this video guys, thank you so much for watching. Click over here for previous videos and check us out on twitter over here. But as always, like the video if you liked it, comment below for fans with benefits and subscribe for more videos like this from NCIX.