The AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Tech Report

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How Fast Is The AMD Ryzen 5 Processor?

Until the NDA expires on launch day (11 April 2017), we won’t have any hard numbers. But AMD shared a single Cinebench R15 benchmarking result with us. They compared their flagship AMD Ryzen 5 processor – the Ryzen 5 1600X, against the Intel Core i5-7600K.

The AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Tech Report

The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X is a 6-core, 12-thread processor, while the Intel Core i5-7600K is only a 4-core, 4-thread processor. Even though the Intel processor has higher clock speeds (4 GHz core, 4.2 GHz boost), the Ryzen 5 processor has twice as many processor cores.

Hence, it is hardly surprising to see the the Ryzen 5 1600X beat the Core i5-7600K by 69%. The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X scored 1195, while the Intel Core i5-7600K only scored 655, in this test.

The AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Tech Report

This is obviously a grossly unfair comparison… until you consider the very likely possibility that AMD intends to price the Ryzen 5 1600X against the Core i5-7600K. In fact, considering how they priced the Ryzen 7 processors, the Ryzen 5 1600X will likely be cheaper than the Core i5-7600K.


The AMD AM4 Platform

Like the Ryzen 7 CPUs, the AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs can be paired with any Socket AM4 motherboard. This allows for easier and cheaper upgrades if you already have an existing Socket AM4 motherboard.

The AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Tech Report The AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Tech Report

However, if you wish to overclock, and take advantage of the AMD Ryzen’s unlocked multiplier, you need to use a motherboard built around the AMD X370, X300 or B350 chipset. And only the X370 and X300 chipsets allows for dual PCI Express graphics cards.

For more information on the new AMD Ryzen motherboards, please read our article – The 34 New AMD Ryzen 7 Motherboards Revealed

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AMD Ryzen 5 Bundled Coolers

The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X does not come with a bundled cooler, but the other Ryzen 5 models will come with a bundled AMD Wraith cooler. They are quieter, feature a new spring-screw clamping system and RGB LED lighting.

The AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Tech Report

For more information on these AMD Wraith coolers, and other Ryzen-compatible coolers, check out our article – The 15 New AMD Ryzen 7 CPU Coolers Revealed.

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Dr. Adrian Wong has been writing about tech and science since 1997, even publishing a book with Prentice Hall called Breaking Through The BIOS Barrier (ISBN 978-0131455368) while in medical school. He continues to devote countless hours every day writing about tech, medicine and science, in his pursuit of facts in a post-truth world.


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