This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 and 1400.
Six for the Price of Four: At $219.99 the Ryzen 5 1600 offers significant value over comparable Intel parts if you need cores. Most computing needs other than gaming can take advantage of more cores, and that is where Ryzen is strongest.
Overclockable: While 3.9GHz isn't the most impressive overclock for a 1700X or 1800X, it is for a 3.2Ghz base/3.4GHz Turbo Ryzen 5 1400. You can easily take up all the cores on both the Ryzen 5 1600 and 1400 to 3.9Ghz or further depending on luck, and receive a huge performance increase. AMD's competitor doesn't allow overclocking on non-K SKUs.
Gaming Above 1080P: If you are going to game at QHD (2560x1440) or UHD/4K (3840x2160) then Ryzen 5 CPUs are a very good option because you will most likely be GPU bound on newer titles unless you have a few GTX 1080s or 1080 TIs in SLI.
SoC and Platform Cost: Since AMD integrated four USB 3.0 and x4 PCI-E 3.0 into their Ryzen 5 and 7 CPUs, it allows motherboard vendors to use a wide variety of chipsets that might cost less, but still offer the end-user a healthy selection of features. It's one reason B350 chipset motherboards are so popular; because they cost less but offer a lot.
New Platform Still Needs Some Work: We have heard that a late May AEGIS microcode update is going to bring some great memory and performance tweaks to the platform, and we look forward to those. In the meantime, we still see some issues common to new platforms. I couldn't even get the Ryzen 5 1400 to overclock memory past 2133MHz, and that was a bit shocking. I might be able to chalk it up for BIOS that needs more optimizations for memory overclocking of CPUs down the pole, but it could also be a bad IMC.
The Ryzen 5 CPUs are solid CPUs and are extremely competitive at their price points. However, if you are looking for a CPU to do it all at one price point, that probably isn't going to happen. At one price point, Intel might be better at gaming but worse at productivity while the opposite could be said for AMD at the same price point.
I am just happy that there is finally competition again in the industry and both companies are doing their best to get ahead. The Ryzen 5 CPUs are excellent competitors for Intel's i5 series, and the Ryzen R5 1600 and Ryzen R5 1400 are excellent value buys.
Ryzen 5 1400 - Value Award
Ryzen 5 1600 - Approved
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The Bottom Line: AMD's Ryzen 5 1600 is a solid performing 6 core 12 thread CPU at an affordable price point, and while the Ryzen 5 1400 might not have all the cores that Ryzen is known for, both are great value buys.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [The CPUs and Packaging]
- Page 3 [Test Setup]
- Page 4 [Out of the Box Performance: CINEBENCH, wPrime, and AIDA64]
- Page 5 [Out of the Box Performance: Handbrake Video Transcoding, ScienceMark, and SuperPI]
- Page 6 [Out of the Box Synthetic Gaming Performance: UNIGINE and 3DMark]
- Page 7 [Out of the Box Gaming Performance: Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, GTA:V, Ashes of the Singularity]
- Page 8 [Overclocking and Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]