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AMD Ryzen 5 1600 and 1400 Review: Intel's 4C/4T Era is Finally Over

Author: HP   Date:  Manufacture: AMD   Product Name: Ryzen 5 1600 / 1400   Price: $219.99 / $169.99   Warranty: 3 Years

Introduction

AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs

With the release of AMD's Ryzen 5 CPUs, there's really not a single reason to buy a Core i5 CPU now. The Ryzen 5 lineup has put an end to Intel's 4C/4T era by giving people 2x thread count and 2 extra cores. You would have to be romantically in love with Intel to even consider getting a Core i5 CPU now. Intel's Core i5 lineup is obsolete now because you are getting much more multi-core performance with Ryzen 5 than any Core i5 processor. This will make a huge impact on gaming and applications that take advantage of multi-core/multi-thread processors.

The Ryzen 7 lineup has also disrupted Intel's i7 lineup and AMD has put some serious pressure on Intel in both the high-end and mainstream market. We have already covered the AMD Ryzen 7 1700, AMD Ryzen 7 1700X and AMD Ryzen 7 1600X and 1500X in-depth and we strongly recommend these processors to users who want plenty of power whether it is for gaming, multi-threading work, streaming or pretty much anything you can think of. Today, we will be looking at the Ryzen 5 1600 and Ryzen 5 1400 processors which retail for $220 USD and $170 USD, respectively. The Ryzen 5 series takes aim at the mainstream PC market while the Ryzen 3 series which will be released later this year is aimed at the lower-end of the market with sub-$150 processors.

The Ryzen 5 lineup consists of 6C/12T and 4C/8T processors which is much closer to Intel’s enthusiast X99-platform 6C/12T (i7-6800K and i7-6850K) but price-wise, they are much closer to the Kaby-Lake 4C/4T i5 lineup. Intel's Core i5 lineup are all 4C/4T processors because Intel has always disabled Hyper-Threading on their Core i5 desktop processors. AMD has priced the 1600 at $220 to compete directly with the Core i5-7600 which also retails for around $220. On the other hand, we have the Ryzen 5 1400 which has the same number of cores as the Core i5-7500 but twice the thread count and AMD has priced the Ryzen 5 1400 at $170 to compete with the i5-7400 which retails for $190 so the Ryzen 5 1400 will be cheaper by about $20 depending where you look.

Another thing to keep in mind with Intel's platforms is that they normally have a much shorter life-span compared to AMD's and the AM4 platform will last until 2020. The upgrade path will be better with AM4 than LGA 1151. If you buy a Kaby-Lake CPU now, your upgrade path is probably going to end there and Intel is most likely changing sockets next year. So if you buy an AM4 motherboard now and in the future want to upgrade to Zen 2, you will have a clear upgrade path. The Ryzen processors are a much smarter buy than any Intel Core processor simply because you won't have to spend on buying a new platform when Intel releases their next CPUs.

AMD Ryzen 5 price

The Ryzen processors are based on the Zen architecture which is a brand new architecture built from the ground up. I have covered AMD's Zen architecture so you can read that if you want to learn about all the new features that AMD has implemented into the Zen architecture. Ryzen is very power efficient and the 1600 and 1400 come with a 65W TDP. The 1400 uses two CCX in a 2+2 configuration while the 1600 uses a 3+3 CCX configuration. The 1400 has a 3.2GHz base and a 3.4GHz boost on all cores and also a 3.45GHz XFR speed (single core boost) while the 1600 has a 3.2GHz base, 3.6GHz boost on all cores boost and also a 3.70GHz XFR speed (single core boost).

Specifications

AMD Ryzen Processors Lineup
Model:Ryzen 5 1400Ryzen 5 1500XRyzen 5 1600Ryzen 5 1600XRyzen 7 1700Ryzen 7 1700XRyzen 7 1800X
CPU Process Node:14nm FinFET14nm FinFET14nm FinFET14nm FinFET14nm FinFET14nm FinFET14nm FinFET
CPU Codename:Summit RidgeSummit RidgeSummit RidgeSummit RidgeSummit RidgeSummit RidgeSummit Ridge
CPU Architecture:ZenZenZenZenZenZenZen
Cores / Threads:4/84/86/126/126/128/168/16
Core Clock:3.2 GHz3.5 GHz3.2 GHz3.6 GHz3.0 GHz3.4 GHz3.6 GHz
Boost Clock:3.4 GHz3.7 GHz3.6 GHz4.0 GHz3.7 GHz3.8 GHz4.0 GHz
XFR (up to 2 Cores):+50MHz+200MHz+100MHz+100MHz+50MHz+100MHz+100MHz
L1 Cache:384KB384KB576KB576KB768KB768KB768KB
L2 Cache:2MB2MB3MB3MB4MB4MB4MB
L3 Cache:8MB16MB16MB16MB16MB16MB16MB
Unlocked:YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
TDP:65W65W65W95W65W95W95W
DDR4 Speed:2667MHz2667MHz2667MHz2667MHz2667MHz2667MHz2667MHz
DDR4 DIMMs:4444444
PCIe Lanes:24242424242424
Socket Support:AM4AM4AM4AM4AM4AM4AM4
Transistors:4.8 billion4.8 billion4.8 billion4.8 billion4.8 billion4.8 billion4.8 billion
Die size:192 mm²192 mm²192 mm²192 mm²192 mm²192 mm²192 mm²
Included Cooler:Wraith StealthWraith SpireWraith SpireN/AWraith SpireWraith MaxWraith Max
Cooler TDP:65W95W95WN/A95W140W140W
Cooler Weight:???0.425 Kg0.425 KgN/A0.425 Kg0.545 Kg0.545 Kg
Cooler Dimensions:???109mm(L)
103mm(W)
54mm(H)
109mm(L)
103mm(W)
54mm(H)
N/A109mm(L)
103mm(W)
54mm(H)
105mm(L)
108mm(W)
85mm(H)
105mm(L)
108mm(W)
85mm(H)
Price:$170$190$220$250$330$400$500
Release Date:April 11, 2017April 11, 2017April 11, 2017April 11, 2017March 2, 2017March 2, 2017March 2, 2017

The Ryzen processors support modern features like dual-channel DDR4 memory, PCIe X4 storage, and USB 3.1 Gen 2. AMD plans to use the Zen architecture around a multi-year CPU roadmap which will be aimed at several market segments such as mobility products, HPC products and workstations. All Ryzen processors have 16MB L3 cache with the exception of the Ryzen 5 1400 which has just 8MB L3 cache. The 1600 has 3MB L2 cache and 576KB L1 cache while the 1400 has 2MB L2 cache and 384KB L1 cache.

Not all Ryzen processors come bundled with the new improved Wraith coolers. The Ryzen 5 1600X does not come with a cooler so you will have to spend an extra $30-50 for a cooler or you can just get the 1600 since it comes with the Wraith Spire cooler and save some money. AMD has bundled the Ryzen 5 1400 with the Wraith Stealth cooler which is a slightly smaller version of the Wraith Spire. You can head over here if you want to read our review of the AMD's new Wraith coolers. I have to respect AMD for putting an extra effort in shipping their Ryzen processors with high quality stock coolers that are built like third party coolers with a copper base and heatpipes. Intel has always bundled their processors with garbage coolers that most people simply throw away because they are extremely loud and do a terrible job of cooling.

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