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AMD Ryzen 5 – Six and Four Core Models Are Here

by Patrick KennedyMarch 15, 2017

Today AMD, as expected announced the AMD Ryzen 5 series family. There are four new models with two 6 core / 12 thread models and two 4 core / 8 thread models. Just to give one an idea here, a 6 core chip in Q1 2010 with similar clock speeds to the AMD Ryzen 1600 was an Intel Xeon X5680 CPU that cost around $1600 and had a 130W TDP. 6-core chips in that era were relegated to only the highest-end of the server market. Here we are seven years later and the $219, with cooler, part has half the TDP, higher IPC, at 1/8th the price. That is some progress.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X in the Overall Lineup

In terms of new SKUs, AMD Is launching the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X as the premiere Ryzen 5 SKU. There is no bundled cooler but with a 95W TDP and higher clock speeds, it has unique features. For $30 less one can get an AMD Ryzen 5 1600 which has a lower TDP and an included cooler (essentially a $30-40 value) sacrificing only 400MHz clock speeds. The Ryzen 5 1500X and Ryzen 5 1400 are the lower-end 4 core / 8 thread SKUs.

AMD Ryzen 5 Launch SKUs And Pricing

AMD Ryzen 5 Launch SKUs And Pricing

Here is the lineup that AMD has announced thus far:

Product Line Model Cores Threads Base Clock (GHz) Boost Clock (GHz) Included Cooler TDP (W) Available Price
RYZEN 7 1800X 8 16 3.6 4.0 N/A 95 Now $499
RYZEN 7 1700X 8 16 3.4 3.8 N/A 95 Now $399
RYZEN 7 1700 8 16 3.0 3.7 Wraith Spire RGB 65 Now $329
RYZEN 5 1600X 6 12 3.6 4.0 N/A 95 April 11, 2017 $249
RYZEN 5 1600 6 12 3.2 3.6 Wraith Spire 65 April 11, 2017 $219
RYZEN 5 1500X 4 8 3.5 3.7 Wraith Spire 65 April 11, 2017 $189
RYZEN 5 1400 4 8 3.2 3.4 Wraith Stealth 65 April 11, 2017 $169

As you can see, the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 is still, perhaps, the best value. The next best may be the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 with a 65W TDP and 6 cores/ 12 threads. If you were clinging to a Westmere-EP generation part to get 6 cores/ 12 threads inexpensively, this should be the end of that experiment.

In terms of additional coolers, the AMD Ryzen 5 Wraith Coolers are the Stealth and Spire.

AMD Ryzen 5 Launch Coolers

AMD Ryzen 5 Launch Coolers

The Spire is more than enough to cool 95W TDP parts. The frugal among us will opt for included coolers.

AMD Ryzen Model Numbers

Here are the model number breakdowns for the AMD Ryzen AM4 series of CPUs:

AMD Ryzen Sockert AM4 Model Numbers

AMD Ryzen Sockert AM4 Model Numbers

As you can see, these are considered “High Performance” SKUs and just a notch above mainstream CPUs we should see in the future. In terms of timing, the Ryzen 3 is coming in the second half of this year.

AMD Ryzen Schedule

AMD Ryzen Schedule

You can see the April 11, 2017 availability of the Ryzen 5 parts. Expect more as that date passes.

Final Thoughts

The middle column of the slide below summarizes the significance:

AMD Ryzen 5 Positioning

AMD Ryzen 5 Positioning

As CPU prices fall, volumes increase, significantly. We are excited to see that the new range pushes sub $300. At the same time, it will be hard to recommend a Ryzen 5 1600X over the Ryzen 7 1700 or the Ryzen 5 1600 given the additional core counts, lower TDP and included coolers.

About The Author
Patrick Kennedy
Patrick has been running ServeTheHome since 2009 and covers a wide variety of home and small business IT topics. For his day job, Patrick is a management consultant focused in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about basic server building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.
2 Comments
  • Tlopez
    March 16, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Any word on ECC support for Ryzen R5 series?

    I know R7 does support ECC.

    Well one of like three boards has it enabled and is available for purchase. The other two have been sold out for weeks (Asrock X370 Taichi and Asrock X370 KillerSLI).

    • March 17, 2017 at 5:45 am

      ECC support on Ryzen, at this point, is not entirely useful. There are still a lot of UEFI BIOS/ firmware/ OS/ software patches that need to happen to get these systems to a level of stability that ECC matters.

      If someone is telling you ECC is a useful feature on consumer Ryzen platforms, that is a shame.

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