AMD Ryzen 5 1600 & 1400 CPU Review

AMD has been on a tear with its new Ryzen 7 CPUs over the past few weeks and now it is time for the Ryzen 5 processor family performance to be explored. We are giving away the AMD Reviewer's Kit with a 1600X and 1500X, instead we bought 1600 and 1400 processors to review here today. All data is retail CPUs, and all overclocked to 4GHz.



As always, synthetic benchmarks are a good marker for performance, but are far from the end-all be-all of the CPU measuring stick. That said, if you find more value in these, then so be it. We generally use these for finding out if anything is "wrong" rather than when something is "right."

Synthetic Arithmetic Benchmarks & RAM Bandwidth

SiSoft Sandra 2016

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Our Ryzen scaling is almost "perfectly" how you might think it would be considering AMD is adding on 2-Cores and 2-Threads as the processor models scale up the stack. The 1400 and 7600K come in neck-and-neck with the 1600 and 7700K doing the same here.

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I have had a lot of good things to say about AMD's Ryzen memory controller, and this benchmark surely underlines its prowess a bit more. Keep in mind our AMD Ryzen CPUs are at 3200MHz while our Intel RAM is at 3600MHz. Certainly, with less cores and CCX traffic, we actually gain a bit of bandwidth with the Ryzen parts.

Hyper Pi

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This is a single threaded arithmetic benchmark. Again here, much like the benchmark above, less AMD core CCX traffic nets us repeatable results as I went back and checked these numbers many times. Conversely with the Intel processors, the 7600X pulls up a bit short compared to the 7700K.


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Again with this arithmetic benchmark, we see much the same results with a bit tighter scaling