Just two weeks after AMD released the new Ryzen 7 series of processors, the company is once again back in the limelight with another line of processors. The company just officially announced the AMD Ryzen 5 series of processors and when they will hit store shelves worldwide.
In a press release from AMD, the company confirmed that the mainstream AMD Ryzen 5 processors will be out in the market by April 11. Furthermore, the entire lineup will be consisted of four new processors having either four or six cores per die.
The top-of-the-line AMD Ryzen 5 chip will be the 1600X. This processor runs at the 3.6GHz base clock that can be boosted to 4.0GHz. On the other hand, the next six-core processor below it, the 1600, will run at a much slower 3.2GHz base and 3.6GHz boost. The other processors in the lineup, 1500X and 1400 will have four physical cores instead of six.
As for the prices, the 1600X is priced at $249 while the 1600 is $219. The four-core offerings will be priced at $189 and $169 for the 1500X and 1400, respectively.
It should be noted that even though the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X is a bit more expensive than the Intel i5-7600K, the 1600X is still superior as it offers six cores instead of four. Furthermore, it should also be noted that like all the AMD Ryzen 7 series processors, all of the series 5 processors are also overclockable. Also, compared to its Intel counterpart, the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X boasts a 69-percent performance increase.
In terms of cooling, according to a PC World report, the Ryzen 5 lineup, apart from the 1600X, will also include the same Wraith cooler from AMD. The 1400 will have the standard Wraith Stealth while the 1500X and 1600 will both have the Wraith Spire.
As mentioned earlier, AMD formally announced that the newest line of mainstream processors will be available in the market on Apr. 11. Also in the press release, AMD mentioned that the next lineup of processors, the AMD Ryzen 3, will be released sometime in the second half of 2017.