Yesterday, AMD announced its highly-anticipated Ryzen family of desktop processors, offering phenomenal performance at unbelievable prices. The stars of the show were the top end Ryzen 7 processors with 8 physical cores and 16 virtual threads. However, AMD’s Ryzen family includes quite a few less powerful but still very impressive SKUs that will appeal to those looking to build a gaming system on a budget.
Priced at $259 is the Ryzen 5 1600X, which is a 6-core processor with 12 threads and a base frequency of 3.30 GHz. With XFR “auto overclocking” it can touch 3.70 GHz +, which should allow it to beat Intel chips much more expensive than it in most benchmarks. If you’re looking for something a little cheaper, there is the R5 1500, which isn’t an unlocked processor, but still offers impressive performance. A 6-core processor like the R5 1600X, the R5 1500 has a 65W TDP, a base frequency of 3.2 GHz and a Turbo clock of 3.50 GHz.
The most affordable R5 series processor is the R5 1300, a quad-core processor priced at $175. It features a 65W TDP, 8MB cache, and a base frequency of 3.20 GHz. AMD’s R3 lineup includes just two SKUs – R3 1200X and the R3 1100. As the “X” suffix signifies, the R3 1200X supports the XFR “auto overclocking” feature. The processor has a base frequency of 3.40 GHz, which can be overclocked up to 3.80 GHz+. At just $149, it does make a lot of sense for budget builds. The R3 1100 is the cheapest Ryzen SKU at $129, with a base clock of 3.20 GHz.
The Ryzen R5 processors are expected to arrive in the second quarter, while the R3 processors will be launched sometime in the second half of 2017.