AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X (6-core and 4-core) Announced

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AMD Ryzen Sockert AM4 Model Numbers
AMD Ryzen Sockert AM4 Model Numbers

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 1800X 8 16 3.6 4.0 N/A 95 Now
RYZEN 7 1700X 8 16 3.4 3.8 N/A 95 Now
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.

AMD Ryzen Socket AM4 Model Numbers
AMD Ryzen Socket AM4 Model Numbers

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.)

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