Ryzen series has been the talk of the town ever since AMD announced to be working on the new processor architecture. The Ryzen 7 series was launched a few weeks back and became an instant hit, but we were left wondering about the Ryzen 5 series which had to be the mass market product. Now, the company has finally announced its official launch date and pricing details.
AMD has confirmed that the highly-anticipated mid-range processor lineup will be on shelves worldwide starting April 11. Several earlier reports had said that the series will be available during the later days of Q2 2017. Also, the prices were also said to be between $199 and $299 but AMD chose to surprise us again.
The AMD Ryzen 5 series consists of several products with different core count of either 6 cores or 4 cores. A total of four processors have been officially announced under the Ryzen 5 series- 1400, 1500X, 1600 and 1600X. The first two come with 4-cores and 8-threads, while the other two come with 6-cores and 12-cores. Their pricing also differs in this manner.
The Ryzen 5 1400 is priced at $169, Ryzen 5 1500X at $189, Ryzen 5 1600 at $219, while the highest end processor in the series, the Ryzen 5 1600X will be available at $1600X. The pricing is very close to that of Intel Core i5-7600K, which AMD believes to be its main competitor.
AMD has targeted the Ryzen 5 series at the mainstream users and for those want to build a gaming PC without burning a hole in their pockets. The 1600X will come with a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz and 4.0 GHz boost. The TDP of the processor is 95W. AMD claims the 1600X to be 69 percent better than the Core i5-7600K on Cinebench nT.
On the other hand, the Ryzen 5 1500X is the fastest 4-core processor in the series. It has a base clock speed of 3.5 GHz and supports a boost of 3.7 GHz. The TDP of the processor is 65W.
Besides this, AMD has also announced that the entry-level AMD Ryzen 3 series will be available in H2 2017.