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AMD Ryzen 5 1600X overclocked to 5.9GHz with 6C/12T enabled

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X overclocked to 5.9GHz with 6C/12T enabled

As you have already read through Ryan's review of the Ryzen 1600X and 1500X running on MSI's B350 Tomahawk you know about how the chips measure up to Intel's offerings at the same price point. Its multi-threading capability also kills the competition, making it more ideal for certain applications. Each features two Core Complex (CCX) units with CPU cores switched off. With fewer cores, AMD was able to get more frequency out of the CPU, and we will see how this impacts overall performance compared to the 1700, where frequency toppled core count.

The one of most interest to us is the Ryzen 5 1600X.

The Ryzen 5 1600 SKU is quite similar but it lacks the XFR feature and works at slightly lower 3.2GHz base and 3.6GHz Turbo clocks.

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While Ryzen 5 1600X may not have clock speeds as high as the Core i5-7600K's, it does offer additional cores and virtual cores.

The new born Ryzen 5, however, is an underdog if we compare it with the Ryzen 7 product line-up.

Ryzen hasn't had the smoothest entrance into the computing world with lackluster gaming and some CPU temperatures high enough to raise concerns. The 1600X will have a 95W TDP, the 1500X sits at 65 Watts. But after a month of optimizations plus new drivers and BIOS updates, Ryzen 5 seems to have bypassed those same growing pains.

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As far as memory is concerned, Ryzen 5 will support DDR4 ECC and also Non-ECC, and the memory support that Ryzen 7 had will be the same. We've also since upgraded our graphics card from a Nvidia GTX 1080 to a Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti.

The flagship Ryzen 5 1600X SKUs is priced at United States $249, the Ryzen 5 1600 at USA $219, Ryzen 5 11500X at U.S. $189 and Ryzen 5 1400 at United States $169.

Regardless of those external factors, the 1600X proves it has the chops to be your main gaming system and a just as effective media creation platform - two things that are becoming intrinsically connected in this age of live-streaming, eSports and uploading gameplay videos. It has a TDP of 65W and provides AMD's Wraith Spire cooler in it. If you want to go all out without venturing into Ryzen 7 territory, the 1600X will give you 6 cores, 12 threads, and a much higher 95 W TDP, all for $249. With six cores capable of being overclocked to certain levels and 12 threads, the $250 price tag is certainly hard to ignore, especially when it grinds directly with its Intel counterpart with a price tag of $420.

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These cuts include a £46 reduction in price of the the Intel Core i7-7700, and more modest, but still significant, cuts across the Core i5 range that AMD's Ryzen 5 is squarely aimed at. If you were waiting for a lower-budget CPU from AMD, then this is the right opportunity to grab them. It's an affordable and powerful chip for everything the modern gamer and creative needs, with extra headroom to grow.


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