AMD Ryzen 5 Released, Specs & Review: Intel's Not Gonna Get Crushed For Now - But It Will Soon

By Charisse Mae Villanueva | Apr 12, 2017 06:04 PM EDT
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AMD Ryzen 5 has been released and it was oozing with good stuff. A pair of hexacore with 12 thread processors as well as another pair of quad -core with 8 thread processors will be available for as low as $160. These new processors offer a good choice for budget-conscious and performance hungry users.

The newest addition to the Ryzen processors contains Ryzen 5 series which has two 8core-12thread and two quad-core-8thread. The octa-cores models are called 1600 and 1600X, the first with a base clock of 3.2Ghz and the second having 3.6 Ghz. The quad-cores are called 1400 and 1500X with the first having a base speed of 3.5Ghz and the second having 3.2Ghz. These cores are overclockable with the 1600X being able to get as high as 4.0Ghz.

The new Ryzen 5 processors continue to follow the path of Ryzen. AM4 chipset is still being used on the new processors. The support for DDR4 RAM, NVMe SSDs, and Thunderbolt 3 ports are among the good stuff included, as reported by TechRadar. File transfers will be a breeze with USB 3.1 Type-C and SATA Express ports. A new lower-spec motherboard B350 is also introduced alongside Ryzen 5.

There are benchmarks already available for the new Ryzen 5. The new processors are fast and snappy when it comes to multimedia tasks but it still cannot beat Intel when it comes to gaming performance as per YouTube User Santiago Santiago's benchmarks via Forbes. The benchmarks saw Intel beating the new Ryzen 5 processors on games such as "Battlefield 1", "Doom", "Metro Redux", "Rise of Tomb Raider", and "Total War Warhammer".

But while Intel still enjoys gaming performance leads, the future might be in favor with AMD. So far the Ryzen 5 and 7 has delivered what it is expected it would give, except for gaming supremacy. Still, Ryzen processors are very good in gaming performance, making heavy games playable in most cases. And with that price for a multimedia and gaming processor, it is good for playing as well as streaming games on YouTube and other sites.

Overall, Ryzen is still a good gaming processor. With Ryzen 5 offering new cheaper options for overclockers, it will gather more audiences. When cheaper alternatives like Ryzen has become more accessible to the market, Intel will lose its market share slowly. That is when Intel will have its fallout, unless if they have something under their sleeves, of course.

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