After Ryzen 7 comes Ryzen 5
In the previous part of this series, we saw that Advanced Micro Devices’s (AMD) Ryzen 7 CPUs[1. central processing units] performed well in multithread tasks but fell short in single-thread tasks. The recently launched Ryzen 5 is likely to deliver similar performance, as the CPU is similar to the Ryzen 7, although a few of its cores are disabled.
However, analysts believe that Ryzen 5, with its price range of $169–$249, would deliver better price points and performance than Ryzen 7.
Ryzen 5 may prove to be more successful than Ryzen 7
While Ryzen 7 delivered positive performance, Ryzen 5 is more likely to be disruptive. Ryzen 7 competes with Intel’s (INTC) i7 cores based on Broadwell architecture, which is two generations old. On the other hand, Ryzen 5 competes with Intel’s i5 cores based on its latest Kaby Lake architecture.
In the high-end market, Advanced Micro Devices’s Ryzen 7 delivered the same performance as Intel’s i7 core at half the price. Because AMD cannot compete on price in the price-sensitive mid-end market, it is offering more cores and threads at the same price.
Ryzen 5 series at a glance
Advanced Micro Devices’s (AMD) Ryzen 5 series comprises two hex-core processors (1600X and 1600) featuring six cores and 12 threads. It also contains two quad-core processors (1500X and 1400) featuring four cores and eight threads.
The two hex-core and two quad-core processors differ with respect to clock speed. While the 1600X’s clock speed ranges from 3.6 GHz (gigahertz) to 4.0 GHz, the 1600’s clock speed ranges from 3.2 GHz–3.6 GHz.
Although AMD’s Ryzen 5 series has a price point that is close to Intel’s i5 family, AMD’s chips offer 50% more cores and 300% more threads than Intel’s chips. Higher cores and threads have a positive impact on the chip’s performance and power.
Performance of Ryzen 5
AMD’s Ryzen 5 1600X competes with Intel’s i5-7600K. Like the Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 would also perform better in multithread tasks but underperform in single-thread tasks.
In the Cinebench multithreaded testing protocol, AMD’s 1600X achieved a score of 1,239.1 against the i5-7600K’s score of 662.7, representing a 69% better performance than Intel. This performance improvement was a result of the 1600X’s 50% increase in cores and 300% increase in threads.
However, the Ryzen 5 1600X underperformed the i5-7600K in a Cinebench single-threaded test, as the 1600X scored 161.2 against i5-7600K’s 179.5. Despite a lower single-threaded performance, the 1600X may be popular among PC gamers due to its lower price.
Like its Ryzen CPUs, AMD plans to launch its Vega GPU[2. graphics processing unit] by the end of fiscal 2Q17. The Vega GPU would mark AMD’s entry in the high-end GPU market and put it in direct competition to market leader Nvidia (NVDA).
Next, we’ll look at AMD’s GPU offerings.