AMD has confirmed Ryzen 5 will launch on April 11th. AMD’s high-end Ryzen 7 processors have been on the market for a weeks, but now it’s time for something a little more affordable. Ryzen 5 is basically AMD’s equivalent of Intel’s Core i5, hitting that sweet spot betwixt price and performance. As we saw in our Ryzen CPU survey, they’re also the most hotly anticipated of all Ryzen processors.
There’s going to be a whole bunch of Ryzen 5 CPUs available in various 4 and 6-core variants, ranging in price from just $169 all the way up to $249 for the highest-end model. At that sort of price point they’re a much more realistic purchase for your average gaming PC build, with performance that isn’t likely to hold any graphics card back.
The full lineup of AMD Ryzen 5 processors comprises Ryzen 5 1600X, Ryzen 5 PRO 1600, Ryzen 5 1500, Ryzen 5 PRO 1500, Ryzen 5 1400X, Ryzen 5 PRO 1400, Ryzen 5 1300 and the Ryzen 5 PRO 1300. We’re still at a bit of a loss for what the Pro variants even are, so don’t expect them to launch until later in the year. Instead, this is what we’re looking at on April 11th:
Ryzen 5 April 11 Launch CPUs
CPU Core/Thread L3 Cache TDP Base Clock Boost Clock Price Ryzen 5 1600X 6/12 16MB 95W 3.3GHz 3.7GHz $249 Ryzen 5 1500 6/12 16MB 65W 3.2GHz 3.5GHz $219 Ryzen 5 1400X 4/8 8MB 65W 3.5GHz 3.9GHz $189 Ryzen 5 1300 4/8 8MB 65W 3.2GHz 3.5GHz $169
As with all Ryzen chips these all have unlocked multipliers meaning you can overclock to your heart’s content. The ‘X’ variants however feature XFR (eXtended Frequency Range). This is basically automatic overclocking capabilities, and it’s why you see the R5 1600X guzzle down a 95W TDP overhead.
The pick of the bunch is undoubtedly the Ryzen 5 1600X. With six cores, 12 threads, 3.6 GHz base clock and a $249 price tag ($10 cheaper than expected), this looks as if it could be unbelievable purchase.
As you may remember from the original Ryzen reveal, synthetic benchmarks showed the Ryzen 5 1600X totally outstripping Intel’s Core i5-7600K performance for pretty much the same price. With any luck this translates to raw gaming performance. From a gaming point of view it’s likely to offer performance on a par with the $499 Ryzen 7 1800X, however it will fall behind on other applications better designed for more than four cores.
Things are still exciting down the lower end as well, with the Ryzen 3 1300 offering a quad-core processor with simultaneous multithreading for what is effectively a bargain bucket price. The clock speeds aren't exactly ideal, and overclocking effectiveness may be limited, however it's going to be more than enough to comfortably run all modern games. I would say it's probably going to be worth springing the extra 20 bucks for the 1400X however.
We're expecting Ryzen 5 to make an even bigger splash than Ryzen 7, is anyone here looking to make the jump in April? Which Ryzen 5 do you think makes the strongest purchase? Let us know below!