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AMD Ryzen 5 1600X review: Flagship performance, mid-range price

By Chester Labaco - 11 Apr 2017

Introduction

Now that AMD’s Ryzen 7 has shown what the brand’s Zen architecture can do, we now head over to the “middle of the road” series of the Ryzen processors. Announced in AMD’s Beijing Tech Day last month, the Ryzen 5 series is spearheaded by the Ryzen 5 1600X. The 6-core, 12-thread processor shares the same clock speeds as the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X with a Base Clock of 3.6GHz and a maximum Turbo Boost of 4.0GHz. Both processors share the same 95W TDP as well. Cache size also remains the same with the 1600X carrying a total of 16MB of cache.

Before we get into the review, take a gander at the specifications of AMD’s current Ryzen series processors:

AMD Ryzen CPU range

Product Line Model Cores/Threads Base Clock Boost Clock TDP Included Cooler SRP (with VAT)
Ryzen 7 1800X 8/16 3.6GHz 4.0GHz 95W N/A PhP 27,000
Ryzen 7 1700X 8/16 3.4GHz 3.8GHz 95W N/A PhP 21,000
Ryzen 7 1700 8/16 3.0GHz 3.7GHz 65W Wraith Spire PhP 17,500
Ryzen 5 1600X 6/12 3.6GHz 4.0GHz 95W N/A PhP 13,800
Ryzen 5 1600 6/12 3.2GHz 3.6GHz 65W Wraith Spire PhP 11,995
Ryzen 5 1500X 4/8 3.5GHz 3.7GHz 65W Wraith Spire PhP 10,500
Ryzen 5 1400 4/8 3.2GHz 3.4GHz 65W Wraith Stealth PhP 9,250
9.0
  • Features 9
  • Performance 9
The Good
Good multi-threaded performance
Good price-to-performance ratio
Low Temperature
The Bad
Overclocking is hit or miss
Need good RAM for CCX communication