Ryzen 5 Slams Intel i5 CPUs With Better Performance, 6-Core Coffee Lake Might Change Situation

By Charisse Mae Villanueva | Apr 27, 2017 05:18 AM EDT
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Ryzen 5, the younger brother of AMD's Ryzen 7 has hit the market this month and it has been groundbreaking. It reportedly dominates Intel's i5 Kaby Lake processors, with 50% more core and 300% more threads. Though the situation might change when Intel finally decided to release the 6-core Coffee Lake.

There are four Ryzen 5 chips that have been introduced this month: 1400, 1500X, 1600, and 1600X. The 1400 and 1500X contain 4 cores and eight threads, while the 1600 and 1600X packs a more powerful six cores and 12 threads. Ryzen 5 is expected to have the same gaming performance as its big brother Ryzen 7, but what's the difference between them? Their competitors.

The Ryzen 7 was the competition for Intel's i7 cores based on the two-generations-old Broadwell architecture. Ryzen 5, on the other hand, faces the latest Core i5 Kaby Lake from Intel. The price advantage isn't present here, as the price of Ryzen 5 is close to those core i5 Kaby Lake chips, but the AMD champ scores 50% more cores and 300% more threads to offer than Intel's chips giving 69% performance boost in favor of AMD, as reported by Market Realist. The battle is not about what chip is cheaper, but what chip has more at (almost) the same price.

Intel's counterattack is rumored to be the next in line after Kaby Lake, the Coffee Lake. The rumored new Intel chip is said to be the response for AMD's Ryzen processors, specifically the Ryzen 5. The rumored chip is said to have 6 cores, just like Ryzen 1600X and 1600. It features no hyper threading and no turbo boost speed was mentioned, as reported by WCCFTech. The base clock speed of the Coffee Lake is 3.5 GHz with 1.5 MB L2 Cache and 9MB of L3 Cache and will be running on Kaby Lake-S client platform.

Intel Coffee Lake was supposed to be launched in January 2018 at CES, but with AMD revealing Ryzen 5 (and probably more Ryzens this year), Coffee Lake will have an earlier release. This move is to counterattack AMD and to make Intel stay on track.

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