How To Decode The AMD Ryzen Model Numbers

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When AMD finally launched the first Ryzen processors, they called them the Ryzen 7 processors. But why did AMD call them Ryzen 7? Will there be Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 processors as well? You might be wondering too if the other numbers and letters in the Ryzen model numbers have any particular meaning.

How To Decode The AMD Ryzen Model Numbers

In this article, we will not only teach you how to decode the AMD Ryzen model numbers, we will also reveal what other models are most likely coming out of the AMD factories. Let’s go!


Will There Be Ryzen 5 & Ryzen 3 Processors?

Now, it seems pretty obvious by now that AMD is latching onto the same naming convention that Intel and even BMW uses. But AMD has remained coy… until now.

We can now confirm that AMD is using the number 7 to refer to their top-of-the-line, enthusiast-class processors, equivalent to the Intel Core i7. Like the Intel Core i5, the number 5 for high-performance, mid-range parts; with the number 3 reserved for mainstream models, equivalent to the Intel Core i3.

So yes, there will be AMD Ryzen 5 and AMD Ryzen 3 processors coming out! In fact, we have some preliminary (unconfirmed) details here :

Processor Cores Threads Base Clock Boost Clock L2 Cache L3 Cache TDP
Ryzen 5 1600X 6 12 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 16 MB 95 W
Ryzen 5 1500 6 12 3.2 GHz 3.5 GHz 3 MB 16 MB 65 W
Ryzen 5 1400X 4 8 3.5 GHz 3.9 GHz 2 MB 8 MB 65 W
Ryzen 5 1300 4 8 3.2 GHz 3.5 GHz 2 MB 8 MB 65 W
Ryzen 3 1200X 4 4 3.4 GHz 3.8 GHz 2 MB 8 MB 65 W
Ryzen 3 1100 4 4 3.2 GHz 3.5 GHz 2 MB 8 MB 65 W


Decoding The AMD Ryzen Model Numbers

This is the official AMD Ryzen model number decoder. As we mentioned before, the number right after the Ryzen name denotes the market segment. This is followed by four numbers and a power suffix. Check it out!

How To Decode The AMD Ryzen Model Numbers

Let’s take the 3 current models for example – the Ryzen 7 1800X, the Ryzen 7 1700X and the Ryzen 7 1700.

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  1. They are the first-generation Ryzen processors, so their model numbers start with 1.
  2. They are also enthusiast-class parts, so their second number is either 8 or 7.
  3. The next two numbers give AMD the flexibility to introduce additional “filler” models at a later date.
  4. The Ryzen 7 1800X and Ryzen 7 1700X has an X Power Suffix. This means it is a high-performance part that supports XFR (eXtended Frequency Range). The Ryzen 7 1700, on the other hand, does not support XFR.

Now, armed with this AMD Ryzen model number decoder, you can easily decode any current and future AMD Ryzen model numbers. Try out your new ability on the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 models above!


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