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Early AMD Ryzen 5 1400 review and comparison leaks

by Mark Tyson on 3 April 2017, 10:01

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Though the AMD Ryzen 5 series of CPUs is yet to be launched, a comparative review featuring one such processor hit YouTube this weekend (on April 1st, unfortunately). The review compared a stock AMD Ryzen 5 1400 (4C/8T), and the same CPU overclocked to 3.8GHz, against an Intel Core i5 7400 (4C/4T), and an Intel Pentium G4560 (2C/4T).

Reviewer Santiago Santiago uploaded gaming analysis comparisons showing the four configurations above running eight popular modern AAA games. The video presentation (embedded above) is in quad split screen and you can skip to the following index points, depending on your interest:

  • Overclocking at 00:16
  • Specs at 00:41
  • Battlefield 1 DX12 at 01:18 ("I used NZXT cam, with afterburner the game crashed, the GPU usage isn't accurate, that's why it jumps from 0 to 100% randomly sometimes")
  • Fallout 4 at 04:03
  • GTA 5 at 04:51
  • Hitman DX12 at 06:49
  • Just Cause 3 at 07:39
  • Assassin's Creed Unity at 08:06
  • The Witcher 3 at 08:57
  • Rise Of The Tomb Raider DX12 at 10:02

In the YouTube video description the above list is clickable to save you time. Furthermore, Santiago lists the full and complete system specs in this section. To sum up the specs, both AMD and Intel systems were equipped with 8GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM, an HIS Radeon RX 480 IceQ X2 Roaring 8GB graphics card, a 1TB HDD, and Windows 10 Pro x64.

Interestingly, Santiago's choice of Intel Core i5 7400 as the main competitor for the Ryzen 5 1400 worked out quite well. The 65W Kaby Lake chip, only just introduced in January, ran neck and neck with the moderately OCed Ryzen 5 1400; sometimes better, sometimes trailing a little. Of course the dual-core Pentium was often left behind by some margin by the other challengers. Santiago also uploaded a video showing proof that he actually owns an AMD Ryzen 5 1400, which is worth a gander.

With AMD working on Ryzen optimisations off its own back and alongside developers the whole Ryzen range could enjoy better performance as time marches on. As a reminder, Ashes of the Singularity got an AMD Ryzen performance update just last week, and AMD is working on a BIOS update that will boost high speed memory utilisation among other things.



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… both AMD and Intel systems were equipped with 8GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM …

So the Ryzen system was leaving a lot of performance in the tank by using comparatively slow memory, then…
scaryjim
So the Ryzen system was leaving a lot of performance in the tank by using comparatively slow memory, then…

It was overclocked to 2666MHZ in his previous one and the Intel system was running at 2133MHZ. Intel CPUs benefit a lot from faster RAM too:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2016-intel-skylake-core-i5-6500-review

That means in comparison the Intel system is more hobbled overall.

This is also the first video he did a few days ago with a GTX1060:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbDpMWo7XTk

In that video he said he ran the RAM at 2666MHZ.

Edit!!

From his GTX1060 video:

-8GB RAM DDr4 2133MHz running at 2666MHz with XMP (2x4GB Kingston HyperX Fury)
http://amzn.to/2nYlJfP (Affiliate Link)

He said his Intel motherboard was locked so was restricted to 2133MHZ.

He used XMP to overclock the RAM to 2666MHZ.

Edit!!

He is running the RAM at 2666MHZ too in the newer video:

-8GB RAM DDr4 2133MHz running at 2666MHz with XMP (2x4GB Kingston HyperX Fury)
http://amzn.to/2nYlJfP (Affiliate Link)


The Intel is locked to 2133MHZ due to the platform.
Interestingly if you look at ROTTR with a GTX1060 and a RX480,the DX12 scores are not only better all-round on the RX480,but the Ryzen R5 and i5 7400 are much closer together with the R5 pushing ahead in the most CPU intensive part of the Village of the Remnants.

This is replicating a lot of what other channels have been seeing regarding ROTTR on Ryzen with Nvidia cards,it seems to have less performance under DX12 relative to the Intel CPUs,but not when using an AMD card.

Edit!!

Any chance Hexus can use an AMD card too during their R5 testing??
Any chance an R5 1400 will be able to be unlocked to an 8c/16t chip? Or will the extra cores be lasered off or something? Probably wishful thinking to expect otherwise.
8GB of ram, have we timewarped back to 2012 ?
Funny how the system has as much vram and system ram.

Since amd haven't pulled the vids for breach of nda, I smell a marketing plant