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Review: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X and Ryzen 5 1600X (14nm Zen)

by Tarinder Sandhu on 11 April 2017, 14:01

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Test Methodology

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X Specification


AMD Comparison Processor Configurations

CPU
Ryzen 7 1800X
Ryzen 7 1700X
Ryzen 7 1700
Ryzen 5 1600X
Ryzen 5 1500X
FX-9590
FX-6350
CPU Base Clock
3.6GHz
3.4GHz
3.0GHz
3.6GHz
3.5GHz
4.7GHz
3.9GHz
CPU Turbo Clock
4.0GHz
3.8GHz
3.7GHz
4.0GHz
3.7GHz
5.0GHz
4.2GHz
CPU Cache
20MB
20MB
20MB
19MB
18MB
8MB
8MB
CPU Cores / Threads
8 / 16
8 / 16
8 / 16
6 / 12
4 / 8
8 / 8
6 / 6
CPU TDP
95W
95W
65W
95W
65W
220W
125W
Integrated Graphics
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
IGP Base Clock
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
IGP Turbo Clock
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Socket
AM4
AM4
AM4
AM4
AM4
AM3
AM3
Lithography
14nm
28nm
Motherboard
Asus Crosshair VI Hero
Asus Sabertooth 990FX R3
BIOS
5704 (1002 for Ryzen 5)
0212
Memory
Corsair Vengeance 32GB DDR4
Corsair XMS3 16GB DDR3
Memory Config
4x8GB
2x8GB
Memory Timings
16-17-17-36-1T
11-11-11-28-2T
Memory Speed
2,666MHz
1600MHz
Disk Drive
SK hynix Canvas SC300 (512GB)
Power Supply
be quiet Dark Power Pro 11 (1,000W)
Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW (378.66)
CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-D15S
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

Intel Comparison Processor Configurations

CPU
Core i7-6950X
Core i7-6900K
Core i7-7700K
Core i5-7600K
Core i5-7350K
CPU Base Clock
3.0GHz
3.2GHz
4.2GHz
3.8GHz
4.2GHz
CPU Turbo Clock
3.5GHz
3.7GHz
4.5GHz
4.2GHz
-
CPU Cache
25MB
20MB
8MB
6MB
4MB
CPU Cores / Threads
10 / 20
8 / 16
4 / 8
4 / 4
2 / 4
CPU TDP
140W
140W
91W
91W
60W
Integrated Graphics
-
-
HD 630
HD 630
HD 630
IGP Base Clock
-
-
350MHz
350MHz
350MHz
IGP Turbo Clock
-
-
1,150MHz
1,150MHz
1,150MHz
Socket
LGA 2011v3
LGA 2011v3
LGA 1151
LGA 1151
LGA 1151
Lithography
14nm
Motherboard
Asus X99 Strix Gaming
Asus Z270E Gaming
BIOS
1401
0801
Memory
Corsair Vengeance 32GB DDR4
Crucial Ballistix 32GB DDR4
Memory Config
4x8GB
2x16GB
Memory Timings
15-15-15-36-1T
16-16-16-39-1T
Memory Speed
2,400MHz
2,400MHz
Disk Drive
SK hynix Canvas SC300 (512GB)
Power Supply
be quiet Dark Power Pro 11 (1,000W)
Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW (378.66)
CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-D15S
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

Benchmark Suite

CPU Benchmarks
HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching benchmark stresses a single core by calculating Pi to 10m places
Cinebench R15 Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses all cores
wPrime 2.1.0 Another number-crunching benchmark that stresses all available CPU cores/threads
HandBrake 0.10.5 Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores (64-bit)
Memory Benchmarks
AIDA64 v5.80.4084 Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency
Gaming Benchmarks (GeForce GTX 1080)
3DMark Time Spy Graphics test run using the Time Spy default test
VRMark VR test run using Orange Room test
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 2,560x1,440, ultra settings
Hitman 2,560x1,440, ultra settings
Total War: Warhammer 2,560x1,440, ultra settings
Miscellaneous Benchmarks
Power Consumption To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record system-wide mains power draw when idle, when encoding video via HandBrake and while playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Notes

All 12 processors have been tested afresh, with each platform employing the same hard drive, cooling, graphics card, power supply and operating system. As much as we could, we ran memory at the approved speeds for each processor. All Asus motherboards were flashed with the latest BIOS prior to testing.

AMD sent us a press kit with Ryzen 5 1500X and 1600X chips along with a B350 motherboard. The company argues that these mainstream Ryzen CPUs are best paired with the cheaper chipset, not least because it has worked hard with motherboard companies to ensure that, this time around, platform support is rock solid. We chose to keep consistency with Ryzen 7 reviews and use the Asus Crosshair VI Hero X370 motherboard, upgraded to the latest 1002 BIOS, and can report that stability has been improved markedly.

Looking into the speeds further, the R5 1600X has a 3.7GHz all-core boost, is able to turbo up to 4.0GHz on up to two cores, and add another 0.1GHz through XFR. The Ryzen 5 1500X does 3.6GHz all-core, 3.7GHz turbo and 3.9GHz XFR, suggesting that enhanced cooling plays a bigger part in its potential. We observed exactly these XFR frequencies during testing.

We used the newer Ryzen-Balanced power plan for testing both chips.