• Architecture: Zen
  • Process: 14nm
  • Base Clock: 3.2GHz/3.2GHz
  • Boost Clock: 3.4GHz/3.6GHz
  • XFR: 3.9GHz
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Overclockable
  • Value
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark 8 (Home): 3,660/4,058 points
  • PCMark 8 (Creative): 4,060/4,615 points
  • PCMark 8 (Work): 3,270/3,468 points

High Five To Ryzen 5

The release of Ryzen finally antes up the competition between Intel and AMD, so we’re foreseeing more competitive prices in the future. This bodes well for everyone who wants to build a computer in the coming years, since it could usher in another age of innovation and performance gains for their coming products.

This time round, AMD has provided us with their latest processors from the Ryzen 5 series, a Ryzen 1400 and Ryzen 1600. The 1400 starts off with a base clock of 3.2 GHz and has a boost clock of 3.4GHz, whilst the 1600 starts at 3.2GHz as well but boosts up to 3.6GHz when needed. The other difference between the two processors are their core counts and cache. Where the 1400 is a quad core processor with 8MB of L3 cache, the 1600 has six cores and 16MB of L3 cache instead.

What’s special about these processors is that although they aren’t ‘X’ variant Ryzen chips, they are still capable of being overclocked, albeit with less headroom than ‘X’ chips. Using AMD’s Ryzen Master tool, we were able to mess around with voltages and clock speeds with relative ease. Even beginners should be able to use it after doing some reading. XFR is also no stranger on the Ryzen 5 chips. You’ll be able to enjoy XFR even on these chips, but how much boost you get is dependent on your cooling setup.

Temperature wise, the Ryzen 5 chips are quite capable of being cool. At idle, they floated at about 30~34° Celsius and on torture tests we got them up to a maximum of 68~70° Celsius, but these tests are way beyond what normal usage is like, so you can expect lower max temperatures when gaming or during other activities.

The Ryzen 5 series processor are also good for gaming on a budget. During gaming sessions on this processor on games like Overwatch, League of Legends, Rainbow Six Siege and DotA 2, we barely saw any bottlenecks. Even when we did, it was too miniscule to care about. If you’re building a PC just to play MOBA games or an FPS like CS:GO, the Ryzen 5 is perfect for you.

CHIP CONCLUDE: These Ryzen 5 processors are perfect for those who need a good processor while on a smaller budget.

(previously published in issue June 2017)

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