After enjoying a pretty great launch with the Radeon Polaris launch followed by an even massive success with the AMD Ryzen 7 launch, AMD has now launched the Ryzen 5 mainstream processors in India. Ryzen 5 CPUs are either 4 Core or 6 Core processors with 8 Thread or 12 Threads, respectively. The base model is the 4 Core / 8 Thread AMD Ryzen 5 1400 which is priced at Rs.12,199 going all the way up to Rs.18,199 for the top-end Ryzen 5 1600X which carries a price tag of Rs. 18,199. Aside from these, there are two additional SKUs, i.e. the Ryzen 5 1500X priced at Rs.13,799 and the Ryzen 5 1600 priced at Rs.15,799. Aside from the Ryzen 5 1600X, all CPUs will ship with AMD’s new Wraith Stealth or Spire CPU coolers.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1600
Leading the pack are the AMD Ryzen 6 1600X and 1600 which are both 6 core / 12 threaded processors. The Ryzen 5 1600 has a base clock of 3.2 GHz and a Boost Clock of 3.6 GHz while the Ryzen 5 1600X starts off from 3.6GHz and sports a Boost Clock of 4.0 GHz. Both processors have support for XFR (Extended Frequency Range) which is another Boost clock that kicks in when the temperature of the CPU is low enough to handle the higher clock. This gives a 100 MHz boost for both, the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1600. The Ryzen 5 1600X has a TDP of 95W which is the same as the 1800X while the Ryzen 5 1600 has a much lower TDP of 65W. Given the amount of cores AMD is packing in these processors, you are getting workstation-like performance at a very lucrative price point. Applications like video editing, CAD, live streaming require more cores but existing solutions are quite expensive. AMD’s pricing will disrupt that market for sure.
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X and 1400
The more budget friendly processors in AMD’s mainstream series are the Ryzen 5 1500X and the Ryzen 5 1400 which are both quad core processors with eight threads. These processors are targeted at gamers since most games utilize 4 cores optimally and anything over that is often underutilized. Moreover, AMD has released three optimization updates which have resulted in a pretty decent performance increase compared to the launch release. The Ryzen 5 1500X is clocked at 3.5 GHz and gets a Boost clock of 3.7 GHz. If XFR kicks in, you’ll get an additional 200 MHz overclock which is the highest we’ve seen so far with XFR. And lastly, the Ryzen 5 1400 starts off at 3.2 GHz and has a Boost clock of 3.4 GHz with XFR giving a boost of 50 MHz.
AMD Wraith Spire and Wraith Stealth
With the exception of the Ryzen 5 1600X which happens to be a 95W TDP processor, every other model in the Ryzen 5 lineup comes with a Wraith cooler. Currently, there are two variants of the Wraith coolers, the Spire and the Stealth. The two coolers feature a very similar design which constitutes two cylindrical aluminium blocks with circular cooling fans on top. The difference between the Wraith Spire and Stealth seem to be the size of the aluminium heatsink as the Spire has a much taller form factor. Also, the Spire has an RGB LED ring around the fan at the top. This would be the first time we’re seeing OEM fans paying attention to looks as the mindless craze around RGB, apparently “sells”.
It’s still the AMD AM4 platform
As promised, AMD will stick with the AM4 platform for a significant period of time, three years is what they’ve told us. So should you want to upgrade in the future to a better processor, let’s say a Ryzen 7 1800X or an upcoming APU from AMD, then you can make use of the same motherboard. You should, however, pay attention to which chipset it has. The current range of X370, B350 and A320 motherboards from board partners will accommodate the Ryzen 5 processors.
AMD Ryzen 5 Price in India
We couldn’t appreciate the way AMD has priced the processors in India more. Not only are they being disruptive by offering a higher number of CPU cores but even the pricing adds to that disruptive factor in a good way. AMD aims to compete against Intel’s Core i5 range of CPUs with the Ryzen 5. Especially, the Ryzen 5 1600X is set to go against the 7600K which is currently available for Rs.18,550 (the lowest we could find with proper bill).
On the lower end, you have the Ryzen 5 1400 that’s priced lower than the Core i5 7400. The key difference is that the Ryzen 5 1400 has 8 threads while the i5 7400 only has 4 threads. Getting the AMD processors becomes a no-brainer in such a case. We’re waiting to see how Intel will combat AMD’s pricing strategy. Perhaps, price drops? Meanwhile, if you are interested, you can check out our Ryzen 7 1800X review.