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AMD Ryzen 5 CPU series launching on April 11

by on15 March 2017


Six- and quad-core SKUs

According to fresh information coming from various sources, AMD's Ryzen 5 series, six- and quad-core CPUs, should be available as of April 11th.

Just as was the case with AMD's Ryzen 7 series SKUs, all Ryzen 5 series SKUs, according to details provided by Videocardz.com, will have an unlocked multiplier, with X-series SKUs coming with XFR (eXtended Frequency Range) technology. The entire lineup will also feature SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), which means that you are looking at 12- and 8-thread SKUs.

The flagship offer is the Ryzen 5-1600X, a 6-core/12-thread SKU with 16MB of L3 cache, working at 3.6GHz base and 4.0GHz Turbo clock as well as the XFR technology, which should boost the overclocking capability depending on the CPU cooling. The same goes for the Ryzen 5 1600 SKU, which lacks XFR feature and works at slightly lower 3.2GHz base and 3.6GHz Turbo clocks.

The flagship 4-core/8-thread SKU is the Ryzen 5 1500X, featuring 8MB of L3 cache and working at 3.5GHz base and 3.7GHz Turbo clocks. This one also features the XFR technology and should provide decent competition to Intel's Core i3 and mainstream Core i5 CPUs. The Ryzen 5 1400, lacks XFR and works at 3.2GHz base and 3.4GHz Turbo clocks, and should be the workhorse of the current lineup and the cheapest option for those wanting to get on the Ryzen train, at least so far.

According to the leaked slide as well as information coming from Overclockers.co.uk, the Ryzen 5 lineup should be available as of April 11th, with MSRP set at US $249 for the Ryzen 5 1600X, US $219 for the Ryzen 5 1600, US $189 for the 1500X and US $169 for the Ryzen 5 1400.

Of course, there is also a Ryzen 3 lineup, which will be coming sometime in the second half of the year.

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Last modified on 15 March 2017
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