AMD’s Zen goes mainstream with Ryzen 5: 4 cores, 8 threads, from $169

From Ars Technica

The first chips with AMD’s new Zen architecture were the high-end, enthusiast-oriented Ryzen 7 parts. It’s now the mainstream’s turn, with AMD announcing Ryzen 5.

There are four Ryzen 5 parts launching on April 11. At the top end is the R5 1600X: 6 cores, 12 threads, with a base of 3.6GHz and a turbo of 4.0GHz, for $249. Below that is the $219 1600. It has the same core and thread count but cuts clock speeds to 3.2/3.6GHz. At the bottom end are a pair of 4-core, 8-thread parts: the $169 1400 at 3.2/3.4GHz, and the $189 1500X at 3.5/3.7GHz.

The chips will continue to use the AM4 socket and will be compatible with all the same chipsets and motherboards as the R7s.

Just as was the case with the Ryzen 7, AMD is offering many more cores and simultaneous threads than Intel does for similar money. Whether driven by a different ideology or the practical realities of having to go head to head with a much larger competitor, AMD doesn’t limit features such as…

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