AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs Gets Positive Reviews, Cheaper Alternative to Intel Core i5 [VIDEO]

18 April 2017, 4:19 am EDT By Charles Lim Mobile & Apps

AMD's Ryzen 7 high-end desktop CPUs have been selling like hotcakes as it offers relatively equal performance as its Intel counterpart at half the price. However, despite it being the most desirable bunch out of the line-up, some mid-end users would much prefer to get an Intel i5 equivalent from AMD.

Fortunately, the company has now started to roll out their new Ryzen 5 CPUs, which is a great budget-friendly mid-end chip for those getting into gaming and for moderate to heavy desktop use. The new product line was officially made available just last week, and most of the users who have gotten their hands on the chips have expressed mostly positive comments, as per a report from Forbes.

When compared to its Intel Core i5 counterpart, the Ryzen 5 chips won a majority of the measurement. While it didn't win all of them, users would likely be swayed into buying one simply based on its affordable entry price, as mentioned by Kotaku. While Intel is busy churning out chips with higher frequencies, AMD is attacking the problem with more cores and more threads this time around.

The Ryzen 5 series starts with its Ryzen 5 1400 CPU, which has 4 cores and 8 threads and is priced at around $169. It then goes up to the highest variant Ryzen 5 1600X, which has 6 cores and 12 threads and is priced at $249. Much like its Ryzen 7 siblings, the Ryzen 5 chips offer the same advanced features such as Precision Boost, Extended Frequency Range (XFR), Simultaneous multi-threading, and Neural Net Branch Prediction.

Additionally, the new chips are also easily overclockable with the right setup. Aside from XFR, which automatically extends the standard boost beyond its mentioned rating, users can also physically increase the clock speeds of the CPUs to get as much performance as they can. This would, of course, require a better cooling solution, which AMD is currently supplying in the form of the newly released Wraith Spire and Wraith Stealth coolers.

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