We have all been blown away by the raw processing power of the AMD Ryzen 7 processors. Even its gaming performance proved to be quite competitive against the Intel Core i7 processors. But as exciting as the Ryzen 7 processors are, they may be out-of-reach for many people. This is where the AMD Ryzen 5 processors come in.
A Bigger Slice Of The Pie
AMD may have priced the Ryzen 7 CPUs very competitively against the Intel Core i7 processors, but the sub-$300 market is twice as large. So they are quickly introducing the AMD Ryzen 5 processors to try and win a bigger slice of the pie.
The AMD Ryzen 5 Key Features
The AMD Ryzen 5 processors will feature the same AMD Zen features as the Ryzen 7 CPUs. This includes the AMD SenseMI technology that we first revealed in The Complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” Tech Briefing.
Here is a primer on AMD SenseMI by Mark Papermaster, Senior Vice President & CTO of AMD.
The AMD Ryzen 5 processors will also be multiplier-unlocked, allowing for easier overclocking. In fact, AMD has announced that all Ryzen processors will be multiplier-unlocked. Awesome!
The AMD Ryzen 5 processors will continue to support two threads per core. The only real difference is the number of processor cores they offer.
The first slew of AMD Ryzen 5 processors will offer either 6 processor cores, or 4 processor cores :
- the Ryzen 5 1600X – 6 cores, 12 threads, 3.6 GHz core clock, 4.0 GHz boost clock
- the Ryzen 5 1600 – 6 cores, 12 threads, 3.2 GHz core clock, 3.6 GHz boost clock
- the Ryzen 5 1500X – 4 cores, 8 threads, 3.5 GHz core clock, 3.7 GHz boost clock
- the Ryzen 5 1400 – 4 cores, 8 threads, 3.2 GHz core clock, 3.6 GHz boost clock
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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 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.
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.
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[adrotate banner=”5″]
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.
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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AMD Ryzen 5 Price & Availability
All four AMD Ryzen 5 models will be available worldwide on 11 April 2017, at the following prices :
If you are interested in their worldwide prices, please check out our article – The Worldwide AMD Ryzen 5 Price & Availability.
And if you are waiting for the Ryzen 3 processors, they are coming soon… in the second half of 2017.
The AMD Ryzen 5 Presentation Slides
If you are interested in checking out the full set of AMD Ryzen 5 presentation slides, here they are.
Other AMD Ryzen Articles
Don’t forget to also read our other AMD Ryzen articles :[adrotate banner=”4″]
- The Complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” Tech Briefing
- AMD Ryzen Is Here – Introducing The AMD Ryzen 7 CPUs
- The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Processor First Look
- The 15 New AMD Ryzen 7 CPU Coolers Revealed
- The 34 New AMD Ryzen 7 Motherboards Revealed
- The AMD Ryzen 7 Performance In 3D Rendering & Video Transcoding
- The AMD Ryzen 7 Gaming Performance Examined
- How To Decode The AMD Ryzen Model Numbers
- The Worldwide AMD Ryzen 5 Price & Availability