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AMD’s Ryzen 5 Chipsets Take Aim At Intel’s Core i5 Family

AMD’s new slew of processors take on Intel’s Core i5 family of processors

While AMD’s initial announcement and launch of their Ryzen 7 family of chips was impressive, many cash-strapped and budget PC builders wanted more details on the company’s more competitive (and cheaper) Ryzen 5 processor line. Today they’re getting it – AMD has officially announced the arrival of their Ryzen 5 family of processors aimed squarely at Intel’s more mid-range Core i5 series of processors.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

  • 6 cores, 12 threads, 16MB L3 Cache, 3.6GHz base clock, 4.0GHz boost clock

AMD Ryzen 5 1600

  • 6 cores, 12 threads, 16MB L3 Cache, 3.2GHz base clock, 3.6GHz boost clock

AMD Ryzen 1500X

  • 4 cores, 8 threads, 16MB L3 Cache, 3.5GHz base clock, 3.7GHz boost clock

AMD Ryzen 5 1400

  • 4 cores, 8 threads, 16MB L3 Cache, 3.2GHz base clock, 3.4GHz boost clock

The new family of proccessors include the Ryzen 5 1600X, Ryzen 5 1600, Ryzen 5 1500 and the Ryzen 5 1400. Priced at $249, 219$, $189 and $169 respectively, the new processors align with Intel’s Core i5 family pricing. But the similarities end there – while some of the new processors have the same core count as Intel’s offering (with the Ryzen 5 1600X being top dog in this regard by offering 6 cores to Intel’s 4) they have double the threads available compared to Intel.

The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X, for example, has 6 cores and 12 threads, with a base clock speed of 3.6GHz and a boost clock of 4.0GHz. Intel’s direct competitor, the Core i5-7600K, has 4 cores and 4 threads, with a base clock of 3.8GHz and a boost clock of 4.2GHz.

The new chips are slated to drop on April 11.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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