AMD unveiled the new mid-range RYZEN 5 processors globally on 16th March 2017. The New AMD RYZEN 5 has gone on sale starting 11 April 2017 , almost after a months wait for the new AMD mid Range processors. The new AMD Ryzen 5 price starts at Rs 12,199 in India for the RYZEN 5 1400.
AMD has already launched the AMD RYZEN 7 (enthusiast class processors) in February 2017.
While the RYZEN 7 competes with the top of the line Intel Core i7 Processor or more importantly with the Broadwell series of processors the RYZEN 5 will go head to head against the Intel Core I5 Kaby Lake processors.
It has been a long while since AMD challenged Intel in the PC processor segment. But now the team RED is back and with a vengeance.
The new AMD RYZEN 5 processors will come in 4 different variants and here is the price and brief Specs.
|Processor||Cores / Threads||Base/ Boost Clock Speed||US Price ($)||India Price (Rs.)|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1400||4 / 8||3.2 GHz / 3.4 GHz||$169||Rs 12199|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1500X||4 / 8||3.5 GHz / 3.7 GHz||$189||Rs 13799|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1600||6 / 12||3.2 GHz / 3.6 GHz||$219||Rs 15799|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1600X||6 / 12||3.6 GHz / 4.0 GHz||$249||Rs 18199|
The pricing in line with the Intel Core i5 Kaby lake processor and the highest AMD Chip RYZEN 5 1600X costs Rs 18,199 which challenges the similarly priced Intel Kaby Lake 7600K .
Point to note is that the RYZEN 5 1600X comes with 6 Cores and 12 threads which is much higher compared to the Intel 7600K which comes with 4 cores and 4 threads and also lacks the hyper-threading.
Extra Cores and threads could be beneficial for specific programs and tasks which use them.
Though these are not really cheap compared to the Intel Core i5 Processors AMD has claimed that the new RYZEN 5 processors offers comparable / better performance compared to the Intel counterparts.
The Ryzen 5 chips, on the other hand, cost around the same as Intel’s Core i5 chips, but will have “tremendously more computational power” than the Core i5, says AMD Corporate VP Kevin Lensing.
The best part is that the new AMD processor can be overclocked unlike some of the Intel Non K series chips. All of the above AMD Processors have over clocking ability provided you buy a decent B350 or a X370 chipset based motherboard.
Additionally, the series 5 inherits all the features from the more expensive RYZEN 7 series like the embedded sensors which allow for dynamic voltage, temperature and clock speed adjustments.
The eXtended Frequency Range is also supported by the AMD RYZEN 5 to ensure they can push the boost speeds.
AMD Motherboard AM4 Features
The new AMD Ryzen 5 Processors will work with the Motherboards AMD X370, B350 and A320 scokets. The board partners Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, ASRock and Biostar have already shipped motherboards using the before mentioned sockets.
The Ryzen 5 Processor will support the DDR4 Ram and will also have same number of lanes as the Ryzen 7.
The new Ryzen 5 series 1600X will not be shipped with a processor cooler and you will need to buy one separately.
AMD RYZEN 5 Processor Coolers
While the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 and the Ryzen 5 1500 X will be accompanied by AMD Wraith Spire Cooler and the RyZEN 5 1400 will come with the Wraith Stealth Cooler along with the processor.
Intel has already stopped offering bundled coolers with their processors.
Other than some of the gripes about the Gaming performance of the Ryzen 7 chips the processors are received with great enthusiasm by the gamers and content creators.
For instance the 1800X outperformed the Intel 6900K which is twice as expensive as the Ryzen 7 1800X in the Cinebench 15 multicore test or even in the Adobe Premier PRO 4K video render test.
Some of the gaming benchmarks show better FPS by the Intel Core i7 7700K but the RYZEN 7 has been able to hold on its own with the lower delta between high to low frame rates, giving a more smoother gaming experience.
Overall the new AMD processors are exciting for the gamers as well as content creators who want extraordinary performance at affordable price.
AMD RYZEN 5 Performance Expectations
Yet there are no benchmarks available for the RYZEN 5 processors to conclude anything about the real-life performance but they will be available in a month. Let’s see if AMD can beat Intel in this never-ending game this time.
Source – Engadget, Arstecnica, Anandtech.
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