AMD Ryzen 5 1400 & 1600 Review

👤by Tony Le Bourne Comments 📅11-04-17
In our testing, the Ryzen 5 1400 holds its own against the i5 7600K for the most part, and often trades blows with the i7 7700K. It is at this point where it is worth mentioning that it is priced to compete against the i5 7400. AMD clearly was not lying when they say 'disruptive' price to performance. As the 1400 is also a low clocked/low power CPU that will also run relatively cool and quietly, some may be surprised by the grunt that it has, though those that will overclock it may will reap the largest rewards in terms of value.

The 1600 too has its place, perfectly marring the performance between Intel's mainstream and extreme platforms , with thanks to those additional CPU cores. Considering that it is priced to compete against the i5 7600K, you are getting 2c/4t extra over the cost of Intel's offering, and with cores that have a marginal difference in actual performance.

After playing with the 1600 in overclocking, it is likely a lower binned version of the 1600X, which means enthusiast overclockers looking to get the most out of the Ryzen 6c/12t part will likely want to look at the 1600X, however, for the mainstream, the 1600 offers fantastic value as a 6c/12t chip that it has access to the full 16MB L3 cache as with Ryzen 7, and it can still be overclocked to give a very reasonable boost in performance which for most people, won't be worth spending out the additional $50 for the 1600X.

The biggest downside to the Ryzen 5 line up is that they have Ryzen 7 components onboard, which means that it shares the same power envelope, thus having a slightly reduced performance per-watt when compared to Ryzen 7. This also means that when compared to Intel's offerings, AMD have lost die-space that would otherwise house an integrated graphics processing unit (iGPU). Arguably, this level of performance is targeting the mainstream, being gamers, content creators, and the every user, but ever since Intel and AMD have started shipping CPUS with iGPUs, many have found them convenient fallback when there is a problem with their discrete graphics card. This, along with the fact that AMD didn't include those sexy RGB Wraith coolers with Ryzen 5, does detract a little from the value-Added aspect of Ryzen 5; though not enough to undermine the outright disruption that Ryzen 5 will deliver to the Blue camp.

Ryzen 5 bring AMD back into the game as they deliver high-performance multi-threaded computing at prices that will be a major disruption to the competition.

+ Highly competitive performance
+ Well rounded platform cost
+ Easy to overclock
+ Sense MI technologies
+ Delivers more cores to the mainstream

- Ryzen 5 doesn't ship with RGB cooler
- Same power envelope as Ryzen 7
- No iGPU

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