Today's Hard|Forum Post
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AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Family Introduction

AMD has official pulled the kimono back on its new Ryzen 5 series processors which will be for sale very soon. I was working up a little writeup about these new 4 core and 6 core processors, but seeing how as all this information is already leaked, here is the full slide deck for you.

AMD Ryzen 5 Slidedeck

Today AMD introduces its next series of CPUs in the Ryzen line, the Ryzen 5. The Ryzen 5 series has 4 core 8 thread parts as well as 6 core 12 thread processors. This is what AMD has to say about the category:

Following the launch of the award-winning (and top-selling) Ryzen 7 earlier this month, AMD today announced that it will launch four Ryzen 5 processors worldwide on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. These new mainstream processors are designed to bring innovation to the high-volume, sub-$300 CPU market with a disruptive price-to-performance ratio for gamers and creators. According to Mercury Research, 95% of all CPUs sold last year were less than $225.

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The bottom two rows of slides are the money shot(s). These Ryzen 5 CPUs will be for sale on April the 11th, so right around the corner. The top end 1600X is priced at $249, and is the only CPU in this series that is rated at 95W TDP. All the others in this series are 65W TDP. The 1500X has "special" spec as well, as its XFR frequency is 200MHz over its top rated clock, where the others are 100MHz. And of course all the Ryzen 5 CPUs are multiplier unlocked.

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The coolers are not RGB capable like the ones we saw with the Ryzen 7 1700 Wraith Spire LED cooler. The smaller Stealth cooler is rated at 65W and the Spire cooler is rated at 95W.

We will surely be getting some of these Ryzen 5 processors on the test bench here soon and see how these CPUs with fewer cores overclock. Certainly the 6 core 12 thread 1600 and 1600X are going to be interesting.

In closing, while AMD would not answer questions on this previously, Anandtech says these CPUs will be 3x3 and 2x2 when it comes to CCX derivation.

We have confirmation from AMD that there are no silly games going to be played with Ryzen 5. The six-core parts will be a strict 3+3 combination, while the four-core parts will use 2+2. This will be true across all CPUs, ensuring a consistent performance throughout.

See what AMD has to say about its Ryzen 5 processors.

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