AMD'S RYZEN 5 microprocessors will be available on 11 April and priced from $169 to $249, the company has revealed today.
The Ryzen 5 line-up will offer a choice of both 6-core, 12-thread parts, alongside 4-core, 8-thread parts, with the company claiming that its top-of-the-line Ryzen 5 part totally whups a similarly priced Intel i5 7600K on the Cinebench benchmarking tool.
AMD will initially offer Ryzen 5 in four products: the flagship Ryzen 5 1600X (which was previewed recently when the company showed off its Ryzen 7), Ryzen 5 1600, Ryzen 5 1500X and the Ryzen 1400. As with Ryzen 7, all Ryzen 5 parts will be sold unlocked, as standard.
The 6-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 1600X will dent wallets to the tune of $249 (which we're guestimating will be around £230 in proper money), while the cheapest Ryzen 5, the 1400, will cost around $169 (or £150).
While AMD was keen to stress the radically lower prices of its Ryzen 7 parts compared to Intel's Core i7 range when it launched last month, with the Ryzen 5 AMD is keener to assert that it offers much more performance for around about the same money, part for part.
Pitted against a quad-core 3.8GHz Intel Core i5 7600K, AMD claims that its top-of-the-range Ryzen 5 1600X can outperform the similarly priced Intel part by "up to" 69 per cent running Maxon's Cinebench performance benchmarking tool.
Like the Ryzen 7, the Ryzen 5 range will feature AMD's SenseMI technologies that "learn and adapt to what you do", according to Kevin Lensing, AMD's corporate vice president and general manager of client computing, unveiling the new Ryzen 5 range.
SenseMI is a marketing term that covers a bundle of different on-chip technologies, including neural-net prediction, smart pre-fetch, and precision boost, which can automatically increase the CPU's clock speed (and hence performance) without user intervention.
While the Ryzen 5 1600X will ship without a bundled cooler, the 1600 and 1500X will come with AMD's popular Wraith Spire, while the Ryzen 1400 will include the Wraith Stealth.
The Ryzen 5 will be competing in what could be described as the make-or-break segment of the market, with twice as many PC and laptop CPUs sold at the sub-$300 mark compared to more expensive CPUs, such as the high-end Ryzen 7 and Intel Core i7.
"The idea is to offer a range of price and performance options in the mainstream segment, tailored to end-users' needs for the best frequency, the best IPC [instructions per cycle] and the best core and thread count to maximise the performance of the processors," said Lensing.
AMD's Ryzen 5 microprocessors will also, as promised, fit into the new AM4 range of chipsets and motherboards unveiled with Ryzen 7 last month, with the company expecting most Ryzen 5's being slotted into AM4-B350 motherboards.
|Part||Cores||Threads||Base GHz||Boost GHz||Cooler||TDP||Price|
|Ryzen 5 1600X||Six||Twelve||3.6GHz||4GHZ||N/A||95W||$249/c£230|
|Ryzen 5 1600||Six||Twelve||3.2GHz||3.6GHz||Wraith Spire||65W||$219/c£200|
|Ryzen 5 1500X||Four||Eight||3.5GHz||3.7GHz||Wraith Spire||65W||$189/c£170|
|Ryzen 5 1400||Four||Eight||3.2GHz||3.4GHz||Wraith Stealth||65W||$169/c£150|
AMD's Ryzen 3 microprocessors, meanwhile, are slated for the second half of the year, which if the company's release schedule so far this year is any guide means that they could be shipping in early July. µ
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