Thursday, February 22, 2018

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor Review

Back when AMD launched their Ryzen 5 processors earlier this year it was the first time we saw a 6-core desktop processor in the mid-range mainstream line. At this time Intel was still on quad-core parts on their Core i7 and Core i5 SKUs. Of course just recently Intel launched their 8th Generation Core desktop processors, which do included both Core i5 and Core i7 6-core SKUs. So it seems the playing field has leveled a bit, with Intel basically being forced to add more cores to their desktop processors to catch up with AMD. So now as buying season is upon us we can give you a clear picture oh how all of the current processors stack up against each other as we just got a Ryzen 5 1600 in to review. This 6-core, 12-thread processor has a base clock of 3.2 GHz and boosts up to 3.6 GHz, it is fully unlocked as well. Let’s get this chip on our test bench and see what it can do!

Special thanks to AMD for providing us with the Ryzen 5 1600 Processor to review.

# of CPU Cores: 6
# of Threads: 12
Base Clock Speed: 3.2GHz
Max Turbo Core Speed: 3.6GHz
Total L1 Cache: 576KB
Total L2 Cache: 3MB
Total L3 Cache: 16MB
Unlocked: Yes
CMOS: 14nm
Package: AM4
PCI Express Version: PCIe 3.0
Thermal Solution: Wraith Spire (No LED)
Default TDP / TDP: 65W
Max Temps: 95°C

Packaging & Overview
We received a retail sample of the Ryzen 5 1600 from AMD, so they is what you would get at the store or if you ordered from an online retailer. It comes in a nice retail box with the Ryzen logo on the front and a small “5” in the bottom corner to let us know that it is part of the Ryzen 5 series.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor

Opening the box up we have two boxes, one box has the Wraith Spire cooler and the other has our processor. There is also a certificate of authenticity in there was well.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor

Taking a look at the chip itself the integrated heatspreader covers most of the chip. On the front we have a large AMD Ryzen logo and towards the top there is a smaller Ryzen 5 1600 marking.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor

Flipping the chip over we have the pins, remember to not bend these when inserting the chip in the AM4 socket on your motherboard!

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor

If you want to learn more about the Zen Architecture and the AM4 platform check out page 2 of our Ryzen 7 1700 review.

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
  • Don’tThinkComputers

    25.6, 25.8, 26.0…..
    Nice graphs @$$hole…

  • gordon

    Because starting graphs from 0 is so hard.

  • Fernando Adrian Tacconi

    Looks like you are trying to confuse, 1 ~ 2 FPS show as huge margin

  • Benjamin Lucas

    So, you say the Ryzen is lacking in game performance, but the FPS difference between the it and the i5 was never more than 5fps in your testing. If you had left DX12 enabled, it would have performed better than the i5 in Division. You gave it praise, but it seems like you were doing your best to show it as not being as good as the Intel chips, even though the FPS differences would not be noticeable day to day. Now, if you were giving more data, like minimum frames, etc, it might make your exaggerated graphs seem less biased.

  • DX12 was enabled in The Division tests. And if you look at the results the Ryzen chips do fall behind in all gaming tests, to Intel chips that are two generations old, even its ~5 FPS its a common theme among our tests and tests we’ve seen from others. No bias just straight results from our tests

  • gordon

    That’s all cool, but where are overclocked gaming results? Biggest advantage of this cpu in particular is that it’s unlocked, right? Even with wraith cooler this cpu can be oc-ed to at least 3.8ghz on an average b350 motherboard. This cpu gives great bang for buck, better than all intel chips besides coffe lake and 7700k.

  • shumok62

    Ridiculous graphs for the gaming benchmarks…showing a zoomed in look at the end of the bars, rather than the whole bar. Gives the illusion that the Intels are much faster when really they are only a teeny tiny bit faster. Just to echo the previous comments below.

  • John Aldridge

    Wow, how much did Intel pay you guys? You have zero credibility.

  • Would you like to elaborate?

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