AMD’s Ryzen 7 derives its value from higher performance than Intel's workstation-oriented Broadwell-E processors at any given price price point. With Ryzen 5, the company plays to the same tune, this time hitting comparable prices as Intel's Core i5 chips, but with simultaneous multi-threading to turn four or six cores into 8T/12T powerhouses.
The six-core Ryzen 5 1600X we recently tested is one such 6C/12T solution, going up against 4C/4T Core i5s and successfully cutting through threaded workloads with greater alacrity. The Ryzen 5 1500X we're benchmarking today loses two cores, but maintains its SMT support to tackle the mainstream competition without compromising performance in rendering, programming, and transcoding apps.
The AMD Ryzen 5 family is divided into two main lines – the lower-end quad-core processors and the higher-end hexa-core processors. The AMD Ryzen 5 1500X is the top-of-the-line quad-core Ryzen 5 model. It has 4 cores and 8 threads, with a 3.5 GHz base clock and a 3.7 GHz boost clock.
Launching an entire range of CPUs was always going to be a tall order for AMD, but despite some early teething troubles and a need for software optimisation, we're finally getting to see what Ryzen is capable of. As we said in our Ryzen 5 1500x review it's perhaps not the Ryzen 7 range of 4 core/8 thread monsters that will actually be deciding battle in the Intel vs AMD argument; Ryzen 5 is really where AMD will be of most interest to your average mid-range-focussed enthusiast.
That's because of two things. First is specifications - we're dealing with four- and six-core CPUs here, which are all multi-threaded and overclockable and thus provide more than enough multi-threaded grunt for most of us. Secondly, for a quad-core, multi-threaded CPU makes the Ryzen 5 series much more attractive in terms of value than the Intel equivalents.
This 65-watt TDP chip has a 3.5GHz base clock and 3.7GHz boost clock, a fairly tight frequency spread. The “X” designation indicates the chip can exceed that 3.7GHz boost clock using This 65-watt TDP chip has a 3.5GHz base clock and 3.7GHz boost clock, a fairly tight frequency spread. The “X” designation indicates the chip can exceed that 3.7GHz boost clock using AMD’s eXtended Frequency Range (XFR) technology if you pair it with a beefy cooling solution.
- CPU: 4-cores / 8-threads
- Clock: 3.5GHz (3.7GHz boost, 3.9GHz XFR)
- Cache: 2MB L2 / 16MB L3+
- TDP: 65W
- Cooler: Wraith Spire
- 2+2 CCX config
- 16MB L3 cache
- 512K L2 cache per core
- 3.6GHz All-Core Boost
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