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Our Verdict & Award
The AMD Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check) is not the most powerful desktop CPU in the market. That honour goes to the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check)… unless you include the AMD Ryzen Threadripper HEDT processor! But it is an amazing processor.
Like the Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check), it has four physical cores, a large 2 MB L2 cache, and clock speeds of 3.5 GHz to 3.7 GHz. However, its support for SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) allows you to handle twice as many threads, and it has twice as much L3 cache – a whopping 8 MB!
All that allowed the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check) to come close (~14%) to the performance of the Intel Core i7-6700K. In fact, on a clock-to-clock basis, they’re basically equal in performance! In other words, if you overclock the Ryzen 5 1500X to 4.0 GHz (base clock), it performs like the Core i7-6700K.
The AMD Ryzen 5 1500X performs like the Intel Core i7-6700K on a clock-to-clock basis
Now, its big brother, the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check) is king when it comes to video transcoding and 3D rendering. However, if you are only interested in gaming performance, the Ryzen 5 1500X is a much better choice. It performs almost as well in games, but is much, much cheaper!
In RTS games, the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X is just 2-10% slower than the Ryzen 7 1800X at 1080p.
In FPS games, the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X is just 2-3% slower than the Ryzen 7 1800X at 1080p.
Increasing the resolution to 4K totally wipe out the difference, but that’s because the games were GPU-limited on the AMD Radeon RX 480 we used. If you are using a suitably-powerful graphics card like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, you should see similar minor drops in frame rates.
The AMD Ryzen 5 1500X‘s gaming performance makes it great value for money. Let’s not forget – AMD bundles it with a Wraith Spire cooler! That’s why the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check) deserves nothing less than our Editor’s Choice Award! Congratulations, AMD!
Where To Buy
Here are direct links to the AMD Ryzen CPU and bundles on sale on Amazon :
- AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU (USD 499)
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700X CPU (USD 399)
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700X CPU + ASUS PRIME X370-PRO motherboard (USD 569)
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700X CPU + Corsair Hydro H110i liquid cooler (USD 523)
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU + Wraith Spire LED cooler (USD 329)
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU + Wraith Spire LED cooler + ASUS PRIME X370-PRO motherboard (USD 499)
- AMD Ryzen 5 1600X CPU (USD 229)
- AMD Ryzen 5 1600 CPU + Wraith Spire LED Cooler (USD 209)
- AMD Ryzen 5 1500X CPU + Wraith Spire LED Cooler (USD 189)
- AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPU + Wraith Stealth Cooler (USD 169)
- AMD Ryzen 3 1300X CPU + Wraith Stealth Cooler (USD 129)
- AMD Ryzen 3 1200 CPU + Wraith Stealth Cooler (USD 109)
Don’t forget to also read our other AMD Ryzen-related articles :
- All You Need To Know About AMD Ryzen Threadripper!
- The AMD Ryzen 7 Processor Tech Report
- The AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Tech Report
- The AMD Ryzen 3 Processor Tech Report
- The AMD Ryzen PRO Processor Tech Report
- The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Octa-Core Processor Review
- The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X Quad-Core Processor Review
- The 15 New AMD Ryzen CPU Coolers Revealed
- The 34 New AMD Ryzen Motherboards Revealed
- How To Decode The AMD Ryzen Model Numbers
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