The high-end processor market may be where all the bragging rights lie, but it's the mainstream market where the volume is, and AMD is taking aim at that segment with its new Ryzen 5 processors.
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Ryzen 5 is AMD's new line of mainstream processors, joining the already released high-end Ryzen 7 chips, as well as the budget Ryzen 3 chips, which are planned for the second half of the year.
Today, AMD is making available four Ryzen 5 chips, ranging from the $249 6-core/12-thread Ryzen 5 1600X down to the $169 4-core/8-thread Ryzen 5 1400:
|Model||Cores||Threads||Base Clock (GHz)||Boost Clock (GHz)||XFR Clock (GHz)||Cooler||TDP (Watts)||Price|
|Ryzen 5 1600X||6||12||3.6||4.0||4.1||-||95||$249|
|Ryzen 5 1600||6||12||3.2||3.6||3.7||Wraith Spire||65||$219|
|Ryzen 1500X||4||8||3.5||3.7||3.9||Wraith Spire||65||$189|
|Ryzen 1400||4||8||3.2||3.4||3.45||Wraith Stealth||65||$169|
All Ryzen chips are supplied with an unlocked multiplier, allowing them to be overclocked (although if you fry one doing this, AMD won't warranty the chip).
At the core (pardon the pun) of AMD's Ryzen silicon is AMD's SenseMI technology, a set of sensing, adapting, and learning technologies built into Ryzen chips. This allows a 40+ percent increase in instructions per clock.
SenseMI is comprised of five components:
Ryzen chips that have the X moniker (the 1800X and 1700X from the Ryzen 7 range, and the 1600X from the Ryzen 5 range) not only have a higher base and boost clock speeds, but also double the XFR boost overhead.
According to AMD benchmarks, the Ryzen 5 1600X is up to 69 percent faster than Intel's quad-core Kaby Lake Core i5-7600K, both chips priced at $249.
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