AMD Ryzen 5 series launch confirmed for April 11th – a mixture of 4 and 6 core CPUs

Three weeks ago the first batch of Ryzen processors was launched. It consisted of three high-end enthusiastic processors that surprised everyone with their high performance at low price. The Ryzen lineup is AMD’s first new series of CPUs in some time and their main goal is to bring the company back to the top of the food chain. The high-end Ryzen 7 processors managed to get users hyped up but AMD promised to not leave more modest users behind. That’s why the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 series were announced. However, we didn’t get any information about a release date. Today this has changed – AMD confirmed the launch of the mid-range Ryzen 5 lineup for April 11th.

You can check out the currently available three Ryzen 7 CPUs over here:

The Ryzen 5 family consist out of two six-core CPUs (1600X and 1600) and two quad-core CPUs (1500X and 1400) – a total of four new processors (at least that is what we know so far). All of them support AMD’s SMI technology (their version of Hyper-Threading) so the processors are actually 12 and 8-threaded.

The most powerful of them is the Ryzen 5 1600X. It’s a six-core/twelve-thread CPU with 3.6GHz base clock and 4.0GHz boost frequency. The TDP of the CPU is rated at 95W (the same as the flagship Ryzen 7 models) at it comes at the reasonable price of $249. Just like on the launch of the Ryzen 7 lineup, AMD compared the 1600X to a similarly priced Intel counterpart to show off the power of their new chip. In the case of the 1600X, we see the rival in the face of the Intel Core i5-7600K which is a quad-core CPU. The Core i5-7600K costs a tiny bit less than the 1600X ($242 vs $249) but does not have Hyper-Threading technology enabled. This basically means that we are comparing a 12-threaded CPU to a 4-threaded one. Keeping that in mind, it won’t be much of a surprise when we tell you that the 1600X does 69% better than its rival in multi-threaded processes (Cinebench nT). However, due to the higher base clock speed of the i5-7600K (3.8GHz), it’s going to be likely to see an advantage in single-threaded processes.

The Ryzen 5 1500X is the more powerful processor of the two models with four cores (and eight threads). The frequencies are 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz base and boost clock respectively. This CPU is priced at $189 which can be compared to the 192-dollar Intel Core i5-7500 which has four cores but no Hyper-Threading.

A roadmap of AMD’s future plans was showcased too. It invokes us to “get ready for the return of innovation and competition”. The release of the third and most affordable lineup of Ryzen processor – the Ryzen 3 series is labeled to be sometime during the second half of 2017.

You can check out the currently available three Ryzen 7 CPUs over here:

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