Ryzen 7 1500x


AMD Ryzen 5 1500X против Intel Core i7-4770K

Сведения о типе (для десктопов или ноутбуков) и архитектуре Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K, а также о времени начала продаж и стоимости на тот момент.

Место в рейтинге производительности

Соотношение цена-качество (0-100)

20.56

8.98

Серия

AMD Ryzen 5

Intel Core i7 (Desktop)

Кодовое название архитектуры

Zen

Haswell

Дата выхода

11 апреля 2017

1 июня 2013

Цена на момент выхода

189$

399$

Количественные параметры Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K: число ядер и потоков, тактовые частоты, техпроцесс, объем кэша и состояние блокировки множителя. Косвенным образом говорят о производительности Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K, хотя для точной оценки необходимо рассмотреть результаты тестов.

Максимальная частота

3.7 ГГц

3.90 ГГц

Кэш 1-го уровня

384 Кб

256 Кб

Кэш 3-го уровня

16 Мб

8 Мб

Технологический процесс

14 нм

22 нм

Размер кристалла

192 мм2

177 мм2

Максимальная температура ядра

н/д

73 °C

Максимальная температура корпуса (TCase)

н/д

72 °C

Количество транзисторов

4800 млн

1400 млн

Параметры, отвечающие за совместимость Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K с остальными компонентами компьютера. Пригодятся например при выборе конфигурации будущего компьютера или для апгрейда существующего.

Макс. число процессоров в конфигурации

1 (Uniprocessor)

1

Энергопотребление (TDP)

65 Вт

84 Вт

Здесь перечислены поддерживаемые Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K технологические решения и наборы дополнительных инструкций. Такая информация понадобится, если от процессора требуется поддержка конкретных технологий.

Расширенные инструкции

н/д

Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2

Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)

н/д

+

Встроенные в Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K технологии, повышающие безопасность системы, например, предназначенные для защиты от взлома.

Перечислены поддерживаемые Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K технологии, ускоряющие работу виртуальных машин.

Типы, максимальный объем и количество каналов оперативной памяти, поддерживаемой Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K.

Типы оперативной памяти

DDR4-2666

DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600

Допустимый объем памяти

64 Гб

32 Гб

Количество каналов памяти

2

2

Пропускная способность памяти

39.74 Гб / s

25.6 Гб / s

Общие параметры встроенных в Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K видеокарт.

Видеоядро

-

Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1200 МГц)

Максимальная частота видеоядра

-

1.25 ГГц

Поддерживаемые встроенными в Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K видеокартами интерфейсы и подключения.

Максимальное количество мониторов

-

3

Доступные для встроенных в Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K видеокарт разрешения, в том числе через разные интерфейсы.

Максимальное разрешение через HDMI 1.4

-

[email protected]

Максимальное разрешение через eDP

-

[email protected]

Максимальное разрешение через DisplayPort

-

[email protected]

Максимальное разрешение через VGA

-

[email protected]

Поддерживаемые встроенными в Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K видеокартами API, в том числе их версии.

Поддерживаемые Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K периферийные устройства и способы их подключения.

Ревизия PCI Express

3.0

до 3.0

Количество линий PCI-Express

20

16

Это результаты тестов Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K на производительность в неигровых бенчмарках. Общий балл выставляется от 0 до 100, где 100 соответствует самому быстрому на данный момент процессору.

Ryzen 5 1500X 21.40 +0.4% Ryzen 5 1500X 13198 +8.8% Ryzen 5 1500X 10116 +0.4%

Производительность Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K в майнинге криптовалют. Обычно результат измеряется в мхэш/c - количество миллионов решений, генерируемых видеокартой за одну секунду.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)

н/д

7.1 Mh/s

Соответствие Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K системным требованиям игр. Помните, что официальные требования разработчиков не всегда совпадают с данными реальных тестов.

На 0.4% быстрее в синтетических тестах

Процессор гораздо новее (11 апреля 2017 против 1 июня 2013)

Дешевле ($189 против $399)

Более тонкий техпроцесс (14 против 22 нм)

Меньше энергопотребление (65 против 84 Вт)

AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - аппаратное ускорение шифрования и дешифрования AES)

x86-64 (общее название 64-битного расширения набора инструкций x86. Существуют немного отличающиеся варианты AMD64 и Intel 64)

ECCMemory

HyperThreading (один физический процессор функционирует как два логических. Это повышает производительность: пока один простаивает в ожидании данных - второй работает)

Quick Sync (аппаратная поддержка кодирования и декодирования видеопотоков для процессоров Intel. В разы ускоряет сжатие видео, но за счет некоторого снижения качества)

vPro (маркетинговое название группы технологий Intel: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft и некоторых других)

Intel 64 (64-битная архитектура процессоров Intel. Практически идентична AMD64, за исключением мелких и редко используемых нюансов)

AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - ускоряет работу шифрования, добавлены новые команды по сравнению с AES)

Thermal Monitoring Technologies

IdentityProtectionTechVersion

QuickSyncVideo

DisplayPortMenu

HDMIMenu

Technical City не может определиться с выбором между AMD Ryzen 5 1500X и Intel Core i7-4770K. Разница в производительности на наш взгляд слишком незначительна.

Если у вас остались вопросы по выбору между Ryzen 5 1500X и Core i7-4770K - задавайте их в комментариях, и мы ответим.

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Ryzen 5 1500X - AMD - WikiChip

From WikiChip

Ryzen 5 1500X - AMD

< amd‎ | ryzen 5

Ryzen 5 1500X is a 64-bit quad-core mid-range performance x86 desktop microprocessor introduced by AMD in March of 2017. This processor is based on AMD's Zen microarchitecture and is fabricated on a 14 nm process. The 1500X operates at a base frequency of 3.5 GHz with a TDP of 65 W and a Boost frequency of up to 3.7 GHz. This MPU supports up to 64 GiB of dual-channel DDR4-2666 ECC memory.

Unlike other Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 models, the 1500X has an extended frequency range (XFR) of +200 MHz.

Cache[edit]

Main article: Zen § Cache

[Edit/Modify Cache Info]

Cache Organization Cache is a hardware component containing a relatively small and extremely fast memory designed to speed up the performance of a CPU by preparing ahead of time the data it needs to read from a relatively slower medium such as main memory.The organization and amount of cache can have a large impact on the performance, power consumption, die size, and consequently cost of the IC.Cache is specified by its size, number of sets, associativity, block size, sub-block size, and fetch and write-back policies.

Note: All units are in kibibytes and mebibytes.

L1$L2$L3$
384 KiB0.375 MiB 393,216 B 3.662109e-4 GiB L1I$L1D$
256 KiB0.25 MiB 262,144 B 2.441406e-4 GiB 4x64 KiB4-way set associative 
128 KiB0.125 MiB 131,072 B 1.220703e-4 GiB 4x32 KiB8-way set associativewrite-back
2 MiB2,048 KiB 2,097,152 B 0.00195 GiB  
 4x512 KiB8-way set associativewrite-back
16 MiB16,384 KiB 16,777,216 B 0.0156 GiB  
 2x8 MiB16-way set associative 

Memory controller[edit]

[Edit/Modify Memory Info]

Integrated Memory Controller

Max TypeSupports ECCMax MemControllersChannelsMax BandwidthBandwidth
DDR4-2666
Yes
64 GiB
2
2
39.74 GiB/s

Single 19.87 GiB/s

Double 39.74 GiB/s

[Edit] Memory Configurations
Dual Channel Single Rank 2 DIMMs DDR4-2666
4 DIMMs DDR4-2133
Double Rank 2 DIMMs DDR4-2400
4 DIMMs DDR4-1866

Expansions[edit]

The 1500X includes 20 PCIe lanes - 16 for a DGP and 4 for storage (NVMe or 2 ports SATA Express).

[Edit/Modify Expansions Info]

Expansion Options

PCIe
RevisionMax LanesConfigs
3.0
20
1x16+1x4
USB
RevisionPortsRate
3.0, 2.0
4
5 Gbit/s
  • eMMC, LPC, SMBus, SPI/eSPI

Audio[edit]

Support Azalia High Definition Audio

Graphics[edit]

This processor has no integrated graphics.

Features[edit]

  • This model has full XFR support, allowing for an additional +200 MHz boost frequency.

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AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Review

1 - AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Review 2 - AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Review - Test Setup 3 - AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Review - Media Creation and Synthetic Tests 4 - AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Review - Rendering Performance 5 - AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Review - 3D Performance 6 - AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Review - Power Consumption 7 - AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Review - Overclocking, Performance Analysis and Conclusion Next Manufacturer: AMD UK price (as reviewed): £189 (inc VAT) US price (as reviewed): $189 (ex tax)

Launching an entire range of CPUs was always going to be a tall order for AMD, but despite some early teething troubles and a need for software optimisation, we're finally getting to see what Ryzen is capable of. As we said in our Ryzen 5 1600X review, it's perhaps not the Ryzen 7 range of eight-core/16-thread monsters that will actually be deciding battle in the Intel vs AMD argument; Ryzen 5 is really where AMD will be of most interest to your average mid-range-focussed enthusiast.

That's because of two things. First is specifications - we're dealing with four- and six-core CPUs here, which are all multi-threaded and overclockable and thus provide more than enough multi-threaded grunt for most of us. Secondly, there's the price; starting at just £169/$169 for a quad-core, multi-threaded CPU makes the Ryzen 5 series much more attractive in terms of value than the Intel equivalents. Following on from that final point is that, as enthusiasts, we all want specifications to brag about, and while Intel has been valiantly gunning for efficiency and adhering to Moore's law for the last few years, a growing number of enthusiasts have added that they simply want more cores or threads from their mainstream CPUs, and we can understand that. With Intel, you're forced to invest in an X99 system for six or more cores, while your cheapest option for more than four threads is the non-overclockable, £300 Core i7-7700. The Ryzen 5 series addresses both of these cravings; you can get a four-core, eight-thread CPU for just £169, and a six-core CPU for just £249 - both significantly cheaper than their Intel counterparts and coming with decent efficiency and impressive single-threaded performance.
CPUCores/ThreadsL3 CacheTDPBase FreqPrecision BoostXFRPrice
Ryzen 7 1800X8/1616MB95W3.6GHz4GHz100MHz$499/£499
Ryzen 7 1700X8/1616MB95W3.4GHz3.8GHz100MHz$399/£399
Ryzen 7 17008/1616MB65W3GHz3.7GHz50MHz$329/£329
Ryzen 5 1600X6/1216MB95W3.6GHz4GHz100MHz$249/£249
Ryzen 5 16006/1216MB65W3.2GHz3.6GHz50MHz£219/£219
Ryzen 5 1500X4/816MB65W3.5GHz3.7GHz200MHz$189/£189
Ryzen 5 14004/88MB65W3.2GHz3.4GHz50MHz$169/£169
Today we're looking at the flagship quad-core of the Ryzen 5 range - the 1500X - and interestingly, while the eight-core Ryzen 7s all sported very similar specifications, the same is not true for the Ryzen 5 series. The quad-core Ryzen 5 1500X obviously has two fewer cores and four fewer threads than the Ryzen 5 1600X, but it has the same 16MB L3 cache. The latter dips to just 8MB for the cheaper Ryzen 5 1400. In addition, both Ryzen 5 quad-cores have TDPs of just 65W, while both the 1600 and 1600X sit at 95W. There's yet another curve-ball too - all the other CPUs we've seen so far have an XFR boost of either 100MHz (for X-edition CPUs) or 50MHZ (non X-edition CPUs). However, the Ryzen 5 1500X has an XFR of 200MHz - four times higher than the 1400 that sits below it.

The Ryzen 5 1500X includes a Wraith Stealth CPU cooler - Click to enlarge

This is enough for an XFR boost up to 3.9GHz although not across all of its four cores. However, anywhere that doesn't make good use of more than a couple of cores could see this CPU offer similar performance to the Ryzen 7 1700X, as it also has 16MB L3 cache and an XFR boosted frequency of 3.9GHz. XFR is borked if you overclock, though, so that's only of interest to stock speed aficionados. One of our initial concerns about the whole Ryzen range was that there appeared to be very little difference between the numerous CPUs on offer. We now know that actually there are some interesting tweaks here. With simultanious multi-threading in tow, the eight threads of the Ryzen 5 1500X should also give Intel something to worry about. At £189, the AMD CPU is not only considerably cheaper than the Core i7-7700K but also leaves you with a significant amount of change compared to the Core i5-7600K too, which while overclockable only has four threads to the Ryzen 5's eight.

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AMD Ryzen 5 1500X and 1600X review

AMD made the rather sensible decision to re-name Zen to something similar sounding. Yes, the Zen and thus Summit Ridge product series has officially been named 'AMD Ryzen', kind of extrapolated from 'risen' I guess. Today we look at the new Series 5 1500X and 1600X processors, let us peek at the specifications below to see what they are pitted against.  

 

Processor model

Cores/Threads

L3 Cache

TDP

Base

Turbo

Unlocked

Price

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X

8/16

16 MB

95 W

3.6 GHz

4.0 GHz

Yes

$499

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X

8/16

16 MB

95 W

3.4 GHz

3.8 GHz

Yes

$399

AMD Ryzen 7 1700

8/16

16 MB

65 W

3.0 GHz

3.7 GHz

Yes

$329

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

6/12

16 MB

95 W

3.6 GHz

4.0 GHz

Yes

$249

AMD Ryzen 5 1600

6/12

16 MB

95 W

3.2 GHz

3.6 GHz

Yes

$219

AMD Ryzen 5 1500X

4/8

16 MB

65 W

3.5 GHz

3.7 GHz

Yes

$189

AMD Ryzen 5 1400 4/8 16 MB 65 W 3.2 GHz 3.4 GHz Yes $169
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 4/? 16 MB 65W 3.1 GHz ? Yes ?

 You have seen the reviews, compared to Intel Core i5 and i7 the Ryzen processors are multi-threading beasts and pretty darn fast alright. Ryzen has launched with three primary 8-core models. Today you see the introduction of multiple six and four-core models. As time passes there will be three tiers with the Ryzen 3, 5 and 7 denominators comparable to Core i3, i5 and i7 for the Intel product range. Let me reiterate and make clear that ALL Ryzen processor are unlocked, that entails all Ryzen 3, 5 and 7 processors. The motherboards need a chipset that is unlocked as well though, but the B350 (mainstream) and X370 (high-end) series are covering all of that. Today sees light of four new processor SKUs: 

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X- 249 USD

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X is the flagship six-core processor and it has 6 cores with 12 threads, in fact all Ryzen processors have this core/thread ratio. The processor will get an impressive boost frequency of 4.00 GHz, the base-clock is 3.6 GHz base clock. Depending on your choice of cooling, XFR will kick in and bring it to 4.1 GHz and we have even seen 4.2 on an air-cooler on a single thread (XFR - Extended Frequency Range). The X in the Ryzen 5 1600X refers to a better yielded processor (could tweak better), a higher base and boost frequency and yeah, simply is a binned processor (thus tested and selected from good to great). This processor has a terrifically rated 95 Watt TDP. The price for this 6-core Ryzen R5 1600X processor is 249 USD/Euro. This is an unlocked (multiplier) processor, in fact all Ryzen processors are unlocked and all 6-core parts are set up in a 3+3 processor configuration.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 - 219 USD

The next AMD Ryzen in line would be the Ryzen 5 1600, this dawg once again gets 6 cores and 12 threads but this time the turbo and base clock sit 400 MHz lower compared to the 1600X. That means a turbo frequency of 3.60 GHz. This is pretty much the same processor, just with a lower base at 3.2 GHz and Turbo frequency and yes, a lower price as you just shaved off 30 bucks. 

AMD Ryzen 7 1500X - 189 USD

The Ryzen 5 1500X is (for now) the fastest clocked quad-core model, it is set up as 2+2 cores spread over the two CCXes. It could be a terrific processor at a price of just 189 USD. Here you'll receive a 4-core, 8 thread processor. This time at a Turbo frequency of 3.70 GHz and a base clock frequency set at 3.5 GHz. That lower clock helps you with your energy consumption as a very notable attribute is that this processor is rated at a 65W TDP whereas most of the others would be 95 Watt parts. 

AMD Ryzen 7 1400 - 169 USD

The Ryzen 5 1400 is (for now) the slower clocked quad-core model, it is set up as 2+2 cores spread over the two CCXes. It could be a value processor at a nice price of just 168 USD. Here you'll receive a 4-core and 8 thread processor. This time at a Turbo frequency of 3.20 GHz and a base clock frequency set at 3.4 GHz. That lower clock helps you with your energy consumption as a very notable attribute is that this processor is rated at a 65W TDP whereas most of the others would be 95 Watt parts. It is, however, unlocked, and tweaked this processor could bring a lot of value.

The above four processors are thus the second wave in the Ryzen launch. All these processors will fit Socket AM4 and thus you can use the same motherboard. Some models will be bundled with a Wraith 95W cooler. We’d recommend you to look at a nice LCS kit or some sort of cooling from Noctua, as a little extra cooling performance can do magic to your boost frequency and tweaking experience.

Processor model

Cores/Threads

L3 Cache

TDP

Base

Turbo

Unlocked

Price

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X

8/16

16 MB

95 W

3.6 GHz

4.0 GHz

Yes

$499

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X

8/16

16 MB

95 W

3.4 GHz

3.8 GHz

Yes

$399

AMD Ryzen 7 1700

8/16

16 MB

65 W

3.0 GHz

3.7 GHz

Yes

$349

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

6/12

16 MB

95 W

3.6 GHz

4.0 GHz

Yes

$249

AMD Ryzen 5 1600

6/12 

16 MB

95 W

3.2 GHz

3.6 GHz

Yes

$219

AMD Ryzen 5 1500X

4/8

16 MB

65 W

3.5 GHz

3.7 GHz

Yes

$189

AMD Ryzen 5 1400

4/8

16 MB

65 W

3.2 GHz

3.4 GHz

Yes

$169

AMD Ryzen 3 1200

4/?

16 MB

65 W

3.4 GHz

3.8 GHz

Yes

$149

 In the above table you can see the launch SKUs as well as an overview of what to expect in the coming months processor wise, it is going to be a busy year with AMD processor reviews alright as chatter on the street is that AMD will also introduce enthusiast class processors with up-to 16 cores / 32-threads enabled! You will have noticed that some models end with an X, while others do not. It remains simple, the X models are a little more special in the sense that they will have a higher base and boost clock frequency as well as an increased XFR range. We'll talk a little more about XFR (Extended Frequency Range) on the next page but basically look at it as a bit of an extra on top of the boost. Also, all X model processors are binned. This means that the processors are tested on ASIC quality and then sorted from good to better and often will clock higher on the XFR range and yes, X models could be / should be more easy to tweak as well.

Introduction Meet The Ryzen Processor Series A Little More Architectural Detail The AMD Chipsets Product Showcase - Ryzen processors A quick overview of the Gigabyte GA-AB350 Gaming 3 CPU-Z Screenshots & System Power Consumption Hardware & Software Used Performance - CPU-Z Performance - CineBench Performance - Google Chrome - Mozilla Kraken | Compression 7-zip Performance - Video Encoding | WPrime Performance - Content Creation Performance - 3DMark 06 CPU | 3DMark Vantage CPU Performance - System Memory Perf: DDR4 Memory Read / Write Performance - Storage Subsystem - USB 3.1 & SSD SATA3 Performance - M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Storage Performance Performance - dGPU GeForce GTX 1080 - DX12: Hitman (2016) Performance - dGPU GeForce GTX 1080 - DX12: Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) Performance - dGPU GeForce GTX 1080 - DX11: Far Cry Primal Performance - dGPU GeForce GTX 1080 - DX11: Tom Clancy's The Division Performance - dGPU Extended tests GeForce GTX 1080 Extended Game performance Performance - dGPU Extended tests GeForce GTX 1080 Extended Game performance Performance - dGPU Extended Tests GeForce GTX 1080 - DX11/12: 3DMark FireStrike (2013) Overclocking The Ryzen 5 processors Overclocking With Ryzen 5 1600X - Benchmark Results Overclocking With Ryzen 5 1500X - Benchmark Results Conclusion

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AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Rating - Tom's Hardware

Ryzen 5 1500X takes on Intel's Kaby Lake-based Core i5 CPUs with four cores of its own. But because the chip supports simultaneous multi-threading, it presents eight logical cores to your operating system.

Price Per Usable CorePrice Per Thread
Ryzen 7 1800X$58.75$29.38
Ryzen 7 1700X$48.50$24.25
Ryzen 7 1700$41.25$20.62
Ryzen 5 1600X$41.66$20.83
Ryzen 5 1600$36.55$18.75
Core i5-7500 $48.00 - $50.50$48.00 - $50.50
Ryzen 5 1500X$47.25$23.65
Core i5-7400$45.50$45.50
Ryzen 5 1500$42.25$21.25

As you can see, AMD's Ryzen 5 1500X bears the family's highest cost per physical core. It lands in the same range as Intel's Core i5s, in fact. But the 1500X's value comes from the benefit of SMT technology. While this chip's cost per thread is also highest among the Ryzen 5 CPUs, the 1500X does become more competitive than Intel's offerings when you divide its price tag across eight threads. Of course, taking advantage of that extra functionality isn't trivial. But if your application does benefit from parallelization, Ryzen 5 1500X is positioned to capitalize.

Although price per thread is an interesting academic metric, the price to performance ratio is typically more meaningful. As an example, we don't like AMD's Ryzen 5 1600X much for gaming because it costs more than Core i5-7600K, and the Intel chip overclocks better to boot.

Because Intel stubbornly locks the multipliers on its non-K-series SKUs, though, cheaper Core i5s don't enjoy the same advantage against Ryzen 5 1500X. AMD's processor isn't a gamer's dream at its stock settings. But a little tuning puts the 1500X in contention with similarly-priced Intel CPUs. We experienced unflattering frame time spikes in some titles on the Core i5-7400, so an overclocked Ryzen 5 1500X provides a smoother experience in that regard. Overclocking also helps the 1500X against Intel's Core i5-7500.

The 1500X isn't as competitive in our Adobe and Encoding tests. Then again, we ran those benchmarks using stock clock rates. A bit of optimization would help AMD quite a bit, whereas the Core i5-7500 and -7400 are locked to their factory-set frequencies. Although Ryzen 5 1500X can't keep up with the six-core 1600X in these types of workloads, it's hard to beat for the price.

Ryzen 5 1500X and its Intel competition easily drop into affordable motherboards, and both include bundled coolers (though we suspect that AMD's Wraith Spire is the beefier solution). You do need to budget for a high-end memory kit if you want access to the 1500X's best performance, though.

By virtue of its four cores, Ryzen 5 1500X isn't as fast as higher-end Ryzen processors in heavily threaded applications. But it readily challenges Intel's Core i5s in those workloads. Where Kaby Lake claws its way back is single- and lightly-threaded tasks. Fortunately for AMD, once you get down to this price level, the Intel chips are limited by locked ratio multipliers. So overclocking proves powerful in changing the dynamic.

Indeed, Ryzen 5 1500X relies on overclocking to make its story compelling. At stock settings, gaming PCs are better-equipped with the Core i5-7500. But the freedom to optimize helps AMD's 1500X serve up smooth frame rates with threads left over for dominating content creation workloads. The value of overclocking always weighs heavily on our recommendations, and Intel doesn't even qualify. AMD consequently gets the kudos for satiating enthusiasts across its portfolio.

If that sub-$200 price range is the top of your budget, Ryzen 5 1500X is a good alternative to Intel's locked Core i5s. An overclocked 1500X serves up better gaming performance than the Core i5-7400. Plus, its four extra logical cores provide a big boost in heavily threaded content creation apps, pushing AMD's chip out of front of Core i5-7500.

  • Unlocked ratio multiplier
  • Multi-threaded performance
  • Unoptimized software ecosystem
  • IPC throughput deficit

The Ryzen 5 1500X offers a competitive price point and a good mix of characteristics, particularly if you're willing to invest some time in tuning. Gaming remains a soft spot in the Ryzen series, but a bit of tuning provides a good bang-for-the-buck option against comparable locked Intel Core i5's.

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AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X CPU Review

AMD inserted itself back into the CPU market as a true competitor last month with the release of the Ryzen 7 line of processors. The microchip manufacturer also set its eyes on the mid-range market with the release of the Ryzen 5 line. All these CPUs are based on the Zen microarchitecture, which is AMD’s strongest yet. Internally, AMD asserts that Zen outperforms its previous Excavator architecture by 52 percent in a battle of instructions per clock (IPC). In addition, Ryzen requires the new AM4 socket across all CPUs.

Here we have two SKUs of Ryzen 5 CPUs for review: the 1600X and 1500X, which retail for $249 USD and $189 USD, respectively. In terms of pricing, these CPUs are intended to compete with Intel’s Core-i5 series. AMD touts Ryzen’s advantage for “prosumers”--a mix of performance for professional tasks and consumer-level pricing. The Ryzen 7 1800X is positioned to compete against much more expensive Intel equivalents in video editing and image rendering tasks. If the Ryzen 5 CPUs scale accordingly, those looking for a balance of performance for productivity and gaming at a lower price should pay close attention.

AMD Ryzen Lineup

CPUCores, ThreadsSocketBase ClockBoost ClockTDPMSRP
1800X8 cores, 16 threadsAM43.6 GHz4.0 GHz95W$499
1700X8 cores, 16 threadsAM43.4 GHz3.8 GHz95W$399
17008 cores, 16 threadsAM43.0 GHz3.7 GHz65W$329
1600X6 cores, 12 threadsAM43.6 GHz

3.7 GHz (all cores)

95W$249
1500X4 cores, 8 threadsAM43.5 GHz

3.6 GHz (all cores)

65W$189

Technical Details

All Ryzen CPUs adopt the 14nm FinFet manufacturing process, making them more power efficient than AMD’s previous chips. Thermal design power (TDP)--or maximum power draw--for the 1600X is 95 watts, while the 1500X is 65 watts. Both CPUs sport a shared 8MB L3 cache and 512Kb L2 cache on each core that serve as fast-access memory for the processors.

The Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X die shot.

XFR--extended frequency range--is a feature specific to Ryzen CPUs with the “X” suffix. It’s a form of precision boost that recognizes your CPU temperatures and overclocks it accordingly in 25MHz increments. In theory, the more robust your cooling, the better your XFR results will be. This is one of the advantages of AMD’s SenseMI technology--built in sensors to help fine-tune performance.

The Ryzen 5 1600X is a six-core 12-thread CPU with a base core clock of 3.6GHz. It has an all-core boost of 3.7GHz and a two-core boost of 4.0GHz. With XFR active, you’ll be able to hit 4.1GHz. The second CPU we’re reviewing is the Ryzen 5 1500X, which is a four-core, eight-thread CPU. Its base core clock is 3.5GHz with a 3.6GHz all core boost and a 3.7GHz two-core boost, capable of 3.9GHz with XFR.

When it comes to choosing a motherboard for Ryzen CPUs, six chipset options exist for AM4 socket. The following chart details the chipsets:

ChipsetUSB (3.1 G2, 3.1 G1, 2.0)SATADDR4 DIMM SlotsPCIe LanesPCIe SlotsOverclocking
X3702, 6, 6448, Gen 22Unlocked
B3502, 2, 6246, Gen 21Unlocked
A3201, 2, 6TBATBA4, Gen 21Locked
X300 (SFF)TBA22TBA2Unlocked
A/B300 (SFF)TBATBATBATBA1Locked

Methodology

For the purposes of reviewing the two CPUs, we put them through a gauntlet of benchmarks. These include several synthetic and scenario-based benchmarks. Our wide variety of tests aims to provide a clear picture of where these CPUs stand among the other AMD Ryzen and Intel Core-i7 CPUs. All results found in the charts were produced by GameSpot, and many of our charts use data from our previous tests from the Core-i7 7700K, 5960X, and 6950X for comparative purposes. We didn't have the Core i5-7600K on hand to test, which competes with the Ryzen 5 CPUs. In those instances, we've done research to provide you with information that should be accurate enough to give you an approximate idea of where the i5-7600K falls in relation to our other CPUs.

System Specifications

CPUAll AMD Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 CPUsIntel Core i7-6950X and 5960X Intel Core i7-7700K
MotherboardGigabyte AX370 Gaming 5Asus Strix X99 Gaming Gigabyte GA-170X-Gaming 7
RAMCorsair Vengeance 2933MHzCorsair Vengeance 2133MHz Corsair Vengeance 2133MHz
GPUGeForce GTX 980GeForce GTX 980 GeForce GTX 980
SSDWD Blue 960GBCorsair Force LS 240GB Seagate 600 Series 240GB
CPU CoolerNoctua NH-U12S (Air)Corsair h215i NZXT Kraken X61
CaseNZXT S340 EliteCorsair Carbide 600C NZXT h540
PowerSupplyNZXT 700WCorsair RM850X NZXT 1200W

All systems ran on Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.

Inside our test bench for Ryzen CPUs.

Our Ryzen test bench consisted of a Gigabyte AX370 motherboard paired with 16GB (2x8GB) of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 RAM at 2933MHz. We used the Noctua NH-U12S CPU cooler with Arctic Silver MX-5 thermal paste. For storage, we used a Western Digital Blue SATA solid-state drive and we were powered by a 700-watt NZXT power supply. For consistency’s sake, we stuck with the reference Nvidia GTX 980 for our video card. This is the same test bench used in our 1800X review.

With our overview of the CPUs and test methodology laid out, we can dig into the results.

Benchmark Results

Cinebench R15

Cinebench R15 is a free benchmark tool that gives you a clear indication of how well your system performs in 3D animation and image rendering. It’s well known for stressing multiple CPU cores, and it shows in the results. The 1600X flexes its extra cores to lead the 7700K by about 20 percent. Considering the 7600K scores around 650-660, this would mean the 1500X outperforms it by approximately 14 percent.

X264 5.0.1 Pass 1

Tech ARP’s X264 benchmark is the most demanding CPU-focused test in the review. It consists of two passes that simulate video encoding. Core count is a large factor when it comes to performing well in X264, but individual core speed still matters. AMD’s 1600X is only two percent faster than the 7700K, despite having two extra cores.

X264 5.0.1 Pass 2

On the second pass of X264, the 1600X flexes on the 7700K with a 25-percent advantage. The 1500X trails the 1600X by 35 percent and the 7700K by 18 percent. Compared to the similarly-priced 7600K, the 1500X seems to outperform Intel's CPU by about 10 percent.does edge out the expected performance of the 7600K by roughly 10 percent.

7-Zip

Everyone unzips compressed files at some point in their life, so 7-zip should be a familiar program. It has a built in benchmark that gives you an idea of how well your system handles compression and decompression. Multiple cores certainly help, as seen with the 1600X outperforming the 7700K by 15 percent. From data we've seen online, the 1500X performs roughly five to eight percent better than Intel's 7600K here.

GeekBench 3.0

GeekBench 3.0 is a synthetic benchmark that takes advantage of multiple cores in a CPU. While our previous tests had the 1800X performing admirably compared to all of Intel’s offerings, the 1600X keeps up the impressive showing. It trails the eight-core 5960X by just three percent, and costs a fourth less. The 1500X does fall behind the 7700K by about 11 percent, but a rough approximation of the 7600K in GeekBench 3.0 would put the 1500X at around 8-12 percent faster.

GeekBench 3.0 Single Core

Single core performance among Ryzen CPUs stay fairly close among the different SKUs. Since they’re all built on the Zen microarchitecture, core clock speed is the main differentiator. Here we see better core efficiency out of Ryzen CPUs over the eight-core and 10-core Intel CPUs.

Blender

Blender is an animation and 3D graphics program that can test how fast your system renders an image. The results vary among the CPUs. The 1600X was 22 percent slower than the quad-core 7700K, but also 18 slower than the Ryzen 7 1800X. The 1500X also lags behind all the other CPUs; 19 percent slower than the 1600X.

PCMark 8 (Creative, Accelerated)

PCMark 8 is a multi-phase benchmark that simulates common use case scenarios like video conferencing, web browsing, and photo editing. Ryzen performed exceptionally well, especially considering the price tag of Intel's CPUs. We see a drop off in performance as you go down the line of Ryzen CPUs, but even the 1600X stays within seven percent of Intel's 10-core 6950X. The 1500X is behind by just 12 percent of the 6950X.

3DMark 11 (Physics Score)

3DMark 11 is a synthetic DirectX 11 benchmark that simulates performance in games. When looking at the physics score alone, you see how well CPUs handle complex physics calculations. The Ryzen 7 CPUs stayed within close range of each other, but we see a drop off once we look at the Ryzen 5 CPUs, due to the subtraction of cores.

3DMark 11 (720 Performance)

The 3DMark 11 test in 720p tells us a little more about in game DirectX 11 performance, while leaning more on the CPU. The gap closes among all our CPUs, and the 1600X is just behind the Ryzen 7 CPUs three to seven percent. The 1500X is only five percent behind the 1600X. However, the quad-core 7700K proves to be slightly faster in this case.

Star Swarm Stress Test, 1080p Low

The Star Swarm Stress Test is a benchmarking tool from the creators of Ashes of the Singularity, and simulates how your system handles having several AI units on screen through a six-minute fly-by. At low settings, where the test leans more heavily on the CPU, the 1600X stacks up with all of the Ryzen 7 CPUs, but they still lag behind the Core-i7 CPUs by about 23 percent. The 1500X falls behind the rest of Ryzen by around 18 percent.

Star Swarm Stress Test, 1080p Extreme

The performance gap among Ryzen CPUs closes when we crank up the settings to extreme in the Star Swarm benchmark. The game will average between 59 and 62 FPS across all of the Ryzen CPUs, but the 7700K still outperforms them by 23 to 29 percent.

When we ran the BioShock Infinite benchmark on its low settings, the 1600X performs similarly to the 1700, but there is a noticeable drop-off with the 1500X by about 10 percent. All of the Ryzen CPUs pale in comparison to any of the Core-i7 CPUs, however.

When we move up to higher settings in Bioshock Infinite, the gap closes but Intel’s CPUs still hold a significant advantage. Among Ryzen CPUs, the 1600X actually produced a slightly better performance, but within one frame per second of the 1800X. Even the 1500X just trails one or two frames behind the other Ryzen 7 CPUs.

SteamVR Performance Test

All CPUs performed very close to each other. The largest gap among them was between the Ryzen 5 1500X and the Ryzen 7 1800X, which is only a four percent difference. As for where VR is today, any of these CPUs in our tests will suffice, as long as you have the right video card.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (DirectX 12)

Across the board, Ryzen CPUs performed so close to each other that the differences are negligible. With the power of the GTX 980 (which is still a beefy graphics card), we were able to stay above 60 FPS with all CPUs. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided tends to ask more of systems than you would expect, however.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

We used the Ghost Recon: Wildlands benchmark to see how the Ryzen CPUs fared in another modern game. Performance remained very much the same across the board. The highest average FPS came from the 1800X (67.2 FPS) and the lowest came from the 1500X (66.1 FPS); a meager difference of 1.1 FPS.

Temperatures and Overclocking

When it comes to temperatures, the 1600X and 1500X differ significantly, which can be attributed to their difference in power draw. At idle, the 1600X sat around 37 degrees celsius and shot up to about 78 degree celsius at load. For the 1500X, it idled around 28 degrees celsius and hit 68 degrees celsius under load.

Both the 1600X and 1500X are capable of decent overclocks. We were able to get both CPUs to manually boost all their cores to a stable 4.1GHz, which was achieved by bumping the voltage to 1.45V.

We decided to test our overclocks in X264 since it is the most demanding benchmark we used. It’s a good bar to clear for stability since the system will shut itself down if your overclock is too high. From stock speeds, the 1600X improved by six percent in Pass 1, and 13 percent in Pass 2. The 1500X improved by slightly larger margin: 10 percent in Pass 1 and 17 percent in Pass 2.

Conclusion

Both the Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X perform admirably for their price, $249 and $189, respectively. In professional-level tasks, they gain an advantage over their competition and compare nicely to more expensive CPUs, evident in the Cinebench R15, X264, and PCMark 8 benchmarks. If you can afford the Ryzen CPUs with more cores, you’ll generally gain a proportional performance advantage.

We still don’t have an immediate need for more than four cores in modern games, and even VR. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (in DirectX 11 and Direct X 12) and Ghost Recon: Wildlands had negligible differences among the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 CPUs. Even in Star Swarm, which leverages CPU speed for better performance, the only drop off in performance was in the 1500X during the low settings test.

The bottom line is you get great bang-for-the-buck performance for most video and image processing tasks and a competent gaming CPU.

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