Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 & 1400 CPU Review

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 & 1400 CPU Review

Here in the real world, the 1600X's $250 price tag puts it toe-to-toe with Intel's Core i5-7600K, a ferocious gaming chip but one limited to just 4 cores without any hyperthreading. First and foremost are the number of cores and threads. Ryzen 5's features and core architecture remains the same, however.

That said, AMD still lags behind in frequency when the 7600K operates at 3.8GHz at any given moment and 4.2GHz when push comes to shove. AMD submitted two processor samples, the quad-core 1500X and six-core processor 1600X.

The Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1600 are priced at Rs. 18,199 and Rs. 15,799 respectively.

The new born Ryzen 5, however, is an underdog if we compare it with the Ryzen 7 product line-up. The 1600X's 6 cores and 12 threads hum along between 3.6GHz and 4GHz, and since it's rocking an "X" designation, AMD's eXtended Frequency Range technology can up that top speed by another 100MHz if you're rocking a particularly beefy CPU cooler.

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Overall, AMD has disrupted the market with a highly competitive CPU platform (Ryzen + AM4). The 1500X has a 65W TDP while the 1600X has a 95W TDP. The fact is that week after week Ryzen processor performance has been increasing thanks to BIOS updates and software optimizations.

But the Ryzen 5 does pretty well: "The six-core Ryzen 5 1600X can work on three times as many threads than Intel's Core i5s, so it easily trumps the competition in the parallelized physics metric". The Ryzen 5 and 7 processors share the same SoC features including x16 PCI-E 3.0 for GPUs, x4 PCI-E 3.0 for M.2 devices, and other connectivity features integrated into the processor. We've also since upgraded our graphics card from a Nvidia GTX 1080 to a Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti. Built on the same Zen architecture that AMD has been singing about since December a year ago, the Ryzen 5 line offers a more affordable alternative to the monstrous Ryzen 7 flagships, but with the matching "more efficient" power management. It's one of the segments this chip was designed for as most buyers here will be looking for a chip that provides them good gaming experiences. However, don't expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution (read: liquid-nitrogen) and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level. With 6 overclockable cores and 12 threads, its competitor would be the $420 Core i7-6800K in a vacuum-but we don't live in a vacuum. Indeed, benchmarks of AMD's Ryzen processors show impressing multi-core processing numbers.

A quick video of several benchmark results already shows that the Ryzen 5 1600X is nearly on par with the i7 7600 and this makes the idea of purchasing an i3 or i5 a bit less significant even to those who have always relied on Intel.

It does so by identifying if there is enough power and thermal headroom to satisfy the demand.

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