It was just a few days back that AMD announced their top of the line Ryzen 7 series processors and they were made available a couple of days back. Stirring the enthusiasm, the company has confirmed two processors in the Ryzen 5 series- the Ryzen 5 1600X and the 1500X.
The Ryzen 7 is not the only series that series that AMD will be releasing under its Ryzen sub-brand, rather, Ryzen 7 represents just their flagship processors that offer an insane level of performance. Meanwhile, the more consumer-centric processor lineup would be the Ryzen 5 series and the entry-level Ryzen 3 series.
AMD has given a time frame of the second quarter of 2017 for the release of Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X. so, we can expect them to be launched between April and June this year. The company will also be launching the Ryzen 3 processors during the second quarter of 2017. Talking about the pricing, the Ryzen 5 series will be priced from $199 to $299 while the Ryzen 3 series will be priced below $200.
The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X comes with 6 cores and 12 threads and is clocked at 3.6GHz with a boost speed of up to 4.0GHz. Both the base clock speed and the boost speed are same as the high-end Ryzen 7 1800X but the 1600X will come at a significantly lower price point. On the other hand, the Ryzen 5 1500X will sport 4 cores and 8 threads with a base clock speed of 3.5GHz and boost speed of $3.7GHz.
Taking price into consideration, the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X would be a better deal when compared to the similar specced Intel Core i7-6800K that is priced at $420. Moreover, Intel’s X99 platform is priced much higher than the AMD B350 and X370. So, the overall cost of the 1600X and AM4 motherboard will be significantly lower than a combination of Intel processor and motherboard.