AMD Ryzen 5 1600X is ambitiously aligned with Intel’s Core i5-7600K. It comes with 6 SMT-enabled cores. With such powerful processor it is able to operate on 12 threads in parallel.
It features 16MB of L3 cache, a 3.6 GHz base clock rate, and a 4 GHz boost frequency. It includes the dual-core 4.1 GHz extended Frequency Range setting. It contributes to an all-core 3.7 GHz boost level for heavily-threaded workloads.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X’s idle power consumption is much higher than expectation. Overall, the trimmed-down design boosts similar power consumption as the eight-core Ryzen 7s.
AMD Ryzen gives a budget chip set for hardcore gamers. It gives very high price to performance ratio. It challenges Intel’s Kaby lake based chip set. Six nimble cores shows full AMD’s budget-oriented eight-core model.
The Ryzen 5 series is led by the Ryzen 5 1600X, a six-core part priced at $249. AMD claims that the 1600X comprehensively beats the Core i5-7600K in all the software that matters to PC gamers and pro-users and even punches above its weight against the i7-7700K.
AMD made the Ryzen 5 1600X by disabling 2 out of 8 CPU cores physically present on the 14 nm “Summit Ridge” chip, which is, in turn, one core per quad-core complex (CCX), while leaving L3 cache untouched.
So, you have a staggering 16 MB of shared L3 cache and 512 KB of L2 cache per core. The chip is clocked at 3.60 GHz, with 4.00 GHz of TurboCore frequency and the XFR (extended frequency range) feature unlocking further automated overclocked speeds depending on the efficacy of your CPU cooling. Its main competitor from the Intel stable is the Core i5-7600K.
|Pentium G4560||Core i3-7100||Core i5-7400||Core i5-7500||Ryzen 5 1500X||Core i5-6600K||Core i5-7600K||Ryzen 5 1600X||Ryzen 7 1700||Core i7-6700K||Core i7-7700K||Ryzen 7 1700X|
|Cores / Threads||2 / 4||2 / 4||4 / 4||4 / 4||4 / 8||4 / 4||4 / 4||6 / 12||8 / 16||4 / 8||4 / 8||8 / 16|
|Base Clock||3.5 GHz||3.9 GHz||3.0 GHz||3.4 GHz||3.5 GHz||3.5 GHz||3.8 GHz||3.6 GHz||3.0 GHz||4.0 GHz||4.2 GHz||3.4 GHz|
|Max. Boost||N/A||N/A||3.5 GHz||3.8 GHz||3.9 GHz||3.9 GHz||4.2 GHz||4.1 GHz||3.7 GHz||4.2 GHz||4.5 GHz||3.8 GHz|
|L3 Cache||3 MB||3 MB||6 MB||6 MB||16 MB||6 MB||6 MB||16 MB||16 MB||8 MB||8 MB||16 MB|
|TDP||54 W||51 W||65 W||65 W||65 W||91 W||91 W||95 W||65 W||91 W||91 W||95 W|
|Process||14 nm||14 nm||14 nm||14 nm||14 nm||14 nm||14 nm||14 nm||14 nm||14 nm||14 nm||14 nm|
|Socket||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||AM4||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||AM4||AM4||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||AM4|
|Number of CPU Cores||6|
|Number of Threads||12|
|Base Clock Speed||3.6 GHz|
|Max Turbo Core Speed||4GHz|
|Total L1 Cache||576KB|
|Total L2 Cache||3mb|
|Total L3 Cache||16 mb|
|Thermal Solution||Not Included|
|Default TDP / TDP||95W|
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The “Zen” Architecture
The oldest reports about AMD working on the “Zen” architecture date back to 2012, when AMD re-hired CPU core designer Jim Keller, credited with the original winning K8 and K9 architecture designs, to work on a new core architecture to succeed “Bulldozer.”
AMD continued to invest in the “Bulldozer” IP in the form of incremental core updates, hoping that trends in the software industry towards parallelization could improve, giving it a big break in price/performance.
Those trends, in the form of DirectX 12 and Vulkan 3D APIs being multi-core friendly, came in a tad late (towards late 2016). Four years of work by a team dedicated to its development, led by Jim Keller, resulted in the “Zen” core.
Price and availability
You can buy a Core i5-7600K for £224.99 from Overclockers UK.
The Ryzen 5 1600X costs a bit more: £248.99, also from Overclockers UK.
That’s £1 less than the RRP: it’s brand new, so don’t expect to see any discounted prices for a while.
Here’s a summary of the Ryzen 5 range to show you how the 1600X compares with its siblings:
|Model||Cores / Threads||Base Clock (GHz)||Boost Clock (GHz)||TDP (Watts)||Included Cooler||Price|
|Ryzen 5||1600X||6 / 12||3.6||4.0||95||N/A||£249 / $249|
|Ryzen 5||1600||6 / 12||3.2||3.6||65||Wraith Spire||£219 / $219|
|Ryzen 5||1500X||4 / 8||3.5||3.7||65||Wraith Spire||£189 / $189|
|Ryzen 5||1500||4 / 8||3.2||3.4||65||Wraith Spire||£169 / $169|
- Strength in heavily threaded workloads
- Superior price-to-performance ratio for budget workstations
- Unlocked ratio multiplier
- High price relative to Core i5-7600K
- Lower overclocking headroom
- Overheating after long use
Although a little more expensive than the i5-7600K, it’s easy to see that the Ryzen 5 1600X is better value for demanding tasks such as 3D- and video rendering, video editing and compressing and decompressing files.
Overall it’s a high end performance for a true gamer. Ignoring the temperature issues, it will give you an extreme experience of a gaming.