Along with the AMD Ryzen 7 official launch today, AMD is announcing their plans to expand Ryzen models down market. The AMD Ryzen 5 series will have two launch processors. As a 6 core, 12 thread model the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X has high clock speeds that are going to make the top end of the Intel Core i5 market shutter. Likewise, the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X is a 4 core 8 thread model that will offer 8 threads to a lower price segment of the market. AMD has also announced plans for a Ryzen 3 mainstream segment but has not released details.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X in the Overall Lineup
Here is the lineup that AMD has announced thus far:
|PRODUCT LINE||MODEL||CORES||THREADS||BASE CLOCK (GHZ)||BOOST CLOCK (GHZ)||INCLUDED COOLER||TDP (WATTS)||ON SALE|
|RYZEN 7||1700||8||16||3.0||3.7||Wraith Spire||65||Now|
|RYZEN 5||1600X||6||12||3.6||4.0||Wraith Spire||95||Q2|
|RYZEN 5||1500X||4||8||3.5||3.7||Wraith Spire||65||Q2|
There will be a Ryzen 3 series coming out in the future as well. One quick note here is that the Ryzen 7 1700 is perhaps the killer value CPU in the current stack. Not only is it the least expensive, but it has a much lower 65w TDP meaning operating costs are lower. Furthermore, like the forthcoming AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1500X parts, it has an AMD Wraith Spire cooler included. There is no need to spend $45+ on a separate cooler. The real cost of the Ryzen 7 1700X using a $45 cooler is $445 while the Ryzen 7 1700 is $329. If you have a 24×7 on system, smart money is on the Ryzen 7 1700.
For those wondering, here is the AMD Socket AM4 model number guide.
As you can see, the family is set to expand significantly. We are excited to see the Ryzen 3 series come out later this year as well as the brands above Ryzen. We will likely see workstation and professional parts marketed with a different name (e.g. Ryzen Pro as has been leaked numerous times.)