AMD shook up the enthusiast level CPU market with the release of its Ryzen 7 1800X, a new 8C/16T processor that has some pretty good legs in multi-threaded applications - but what about the 4C/8T and 6C/12T parts? That's where the new mid-range Ryzen 5 family comes into play, with the first early review on AMD's upcoming Ryzen 5 1600 processor comes into play.
The new AMD Ryzen 5 1600 is quite the beast, with 6C/12T of performance - and priced at just $219... considering the Core i7-7700K (4C/8T, but it is a faster gaming CPU) costs $345. If we compare 6C/12T between AMD and Intel, then we look at the Core i7-5930K which still costs a huge $599 on Amazon. AMD is offering the Ryzen 5 1600 for nearly 1/3 the price, but offering 6C/12T performance for multi-threaded CPU performance, and now we have some leaked benchmarks to look over.
First up, some multi-threaded CPU-Z testing, where it beats the 4C/8T processor from Intel in the Core i7-7700K.
Next up, some Cinebench 15 goodness - where the 6C/12T lets loose, beating the Core i7-7700K and the 6C/12T chip from Intel in the Core i7-5930K.
1080p gaming performance is comparable to the Core i7-6700K, which is still one of the best gaming CPUs on the market.
What about 4K gaming? Yeah, some DAMN GOOD results from the Ryzen 5 1600!