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The AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Tech Report

The AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Tech Report

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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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

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The Complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” Tech Briefing

The AMD Tech Summit held in Sonoma, California from Dec 7-9, 2016 was not only very exclusive, it was highly secretive. The second major announcement we have been allowed to reveal is the new AMD Ryzen desktop CPU, formerly known as Summit Ridge.

Like our Radeon Instinct article, we will not only share what AMD revealed during the AMD Tech Summit at Sonoma, we will bring it to you in our videos. It will be as if you were there with us! Enjoy! 🙂

 

The AMD Ryzen Tech Briefing Summarised

For those who just want the quick low-down on the AMD Ryzen desktop processor, here are the key takeaway points :

  • The AMD Zen “Summit Ridge” processor is officially branded as the AMD Ryzen processor.
  • The first AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will officially launch in Q1, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based server processor, codenamed Naples, will launch in Q2, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based notebook APU, codenamed Raven Ridge, will launch in H2, 2017.
  • The top Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processor SKU will have a 3.4 GHz base clock, or better. Its boost clock was not revealed.
  • The Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will have 8 cores and process 16 threads simultaneously.
  • The Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will have a 4 MB L2 cache and a 16 MB L3 cache.
  • The Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will feature the AMD Infinity Fabric network-centric interconnect technology.
  • The AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will feature the AMD SenseMI sensing and adaptive technologies like :
    • Pure Power, which uses real-time sensors to support a closed-loop control through Infinity Fabric.
    • Precision Boost, which allows for fine-grained frequency control in 25 MHz increments.
    • Extended Frequency Range (XFR), that is fully automated and permits frequencies above the Precision Boost limits.
    • Neural Net Prediction, which anticipates future decisions, preloads instructions and chooses the best processing path.
    • Smart Prefetch algorithms have been greatly improved.
  • Preliminary benchmarks of the AMD Ryzen (3.4 GHz, no boost) showed that it was slightly faster than the Intel Core i7-6900K (3.2 GHz base, 3.7 GHz boost).
  • At idle, the total power consumption of the 3.4 GHz Ryzen system was about 13.5 W (12.67%) less than a Core i7-6900K system.
  • At full load, the total power consumption of the 3.4 GHz Ryzen system was about 3.8 W (1.98%) less than a Core i7-6900K system.

In the subsequent pages, we will give you the full low-down on the AMD Ryzen desktop processor, with the following presentations by AMD :

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We also prepared the complete video and slides of the AMD Ryzen tech briefing for your perusal :

Next Page > AMD Summit Ridge Tech Update, Performance, Infinity Fabric & SenseMI

 

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The AMD Summit Ridge Technology Update

Jim Anderson, SVP and GM of the AMD Computing and Graphics division, kicked off the session with an update on the AMD Summit Ridge desktop processor.

The key takeaway points :
  • The first AMD Summit Ridge processors will officially launch in Q1, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based server processor, codenamed Naples, will launch in Q2, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based notebook APU, codenamed Raven Ridge, will launch in H2, 2017.
  • The top AMD Summit Ridge processor SKU will have a 3.4 GHz base clock, or betterIts boost clock was not revealed.
  • The AMD Summit Ridge processors will have a 4 MB L2 cache and a 16 MB L3 cache.

 

The AMD Summit Ridge CPU’s Performance

The AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processor may not be ready for primetime but how does it currently perform? John Taylor, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Marketing at AMD, compared the performance of an AMD Ryzen processor running at 3.4 GHz (without boost) against the Intel Core i7-6900K running at the stock speed of 3.2 GHz (3.7 GHz boost).

The key takeaway point :
  • The AMD Ryzen running at 3.4 GHz is slightly faster than the Intel Core i7-6900K in this Handbrake benchmark.
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The Infinity Fabric & SenseMI Technologies

These technologies built into the AMD Ryzen processors are new revelations by AMD. Mark Papermaster, Senior Vice President & CTO of AMD explains what they are.

The key takeaway points about the AMD SenseMI sensing and adaptive technologies :
  • Pure Power uses real-time sensors to support a closed-loop control through Infinity Fabric.
  • Precision Boost allows for fine-grained frequency control in 25 MHz increments.
  • Extended Frequency Range (XFR) is fully automated and permits frequencies above the Precision Boost limits.
  • Neural Net Prediction anticipates future decisions, preloads instructions and chooses the best processing path.
  • Smart Prefetch algorithms have been greatly improved.

Next Page > Introducing AMD Ryzen, Performance & Power Efficiency, Closing Remarks

 

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Introducing AMD Ryzen

AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su finally revealed that the AMD Zen processor will henceforth be known as the AMD Ryzen processor.

The key takeaway point :
  • The AMD Zen “Summit Ridge” processor is officially branded as the AMD Ryzen processor.

 

AMD Ryzen Performance & Power Efficiency Demo

Dr. Lisa Su then showed off a Blender 3D demonstration of the 3.4 GHz AMD Ryzen’s performance and power efficiency, compared to the Intel Core i7-6900K running at the stock speed of 3.2 GHz (3.7 GHz boost).

The key takeaway points :
  • The AMD Ryzen (3.4 GHz, no boost) was a fraction faster than the Intel Core i7-6900K (3.2 GHz base, 3.7 GHz boost).
  • At idle, the total power consumption of the 3.4 GHz Ryzen system was about 13.5 W (12.67%) less than a Core i7-6900K system.
  • At full load, the total power consumption of the 3.4 GHz Ryzen system was about 3.8 W (1.98%) less than a Core i7-6900K system.
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Closing Remarks On The AMD Ryzen Desktop CPU

In her closing remarks on the AMD Ryzen processor, Dr. Lisa Su also touched on the newly-launched Radeon Instinct, the upcoming AMD Vega GPU and Naples server processor.

The key takeaway points :
  • The AMD Vega GPU will launch in H1 2016 in both Gaming and Compute applications.
  • The first AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will officially launch in Q1, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based server processor, codenamed Naples, will launch in Q2, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based notebook APU, codenamed Raven Ridge, will launch in H2, 2017.

Next Page > The Complete AMD Ryzen Tech Briefing Video & Slides

 

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The Complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” Tech Briefing

This is the complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” tech briefing.

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The Complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” Tech Briefing Slides

Here are the presentation slides from the AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” tech briefing for your perusal.

 

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