The Ryzen 7 1800X has left the experts and consumers awestruck alike ever since it was made available in the market. But the series only caters the top tier customers but the Ryzen 5 series that is supposed to be a mass market product hasn’t been announced yet.
To get an idea how the Ryzen 5 processors will perform in the real world, the folks at zolkorn disabled half the cores, threads and L3 cache to effectively create a quad-core Ryzen 5 CPU. This was made possible by some of the AM4 motherboard makers who gave some flexible BIOS options that let the user toggle on or off these settings.
For maintaining a uniform clock speed, both the processors were clocked at 4.0GHz, which is 200MHz more than the base clock of the 1800X and 200MHz less than that of Core i7.
When subjected to several benchmarking apps, Ryzen 7 stayed close to the Core i7 processor in almost every test. In some notable tests like the multi-threaded Cinebench R15 test, 3DMark Fire Strike and Fire Strike Ultra physics tests, the Ryzen processor even outpaced the Core i7-7700K.
And when it comes to gaming, the results remained similar to the benchmarking tests. The Ryzen 7 maintained a steady frame rate and the average score remained close to that of the Core i7 processor. The biggest gain that the Core i7 got was in Far Cry Primal but was still just 10 percent ahead of the 1800X.
The benchmarking and the gaming performance of the Ryzen 7 1800X running at 4 cores is important also because of the price that the Ryzen 5 is supposed to launch. AMD has announced to price the processor series between $199 and $299, which is considerably lower than the Core i7. And this price advantage is when we are not considering the amount saved towards the AM4 motherboard that costs less than the Intel counterpart.
AMD Ryzen 5 series is expected to be announced towards the end of the Q2 2017.