Features and Specifications
I don’t want to rehash my thoughts on the experience too much, but I do want to point out again that much of what Ryzen offers seems to relate to giving the end user the best computing experience possible. Things like the Neural Net Prediction and Smart Prefetch may help in smoothing out software interfacing during PC use. I’ve consistently noticed that my Windows 10 environment works extremely smooth with Ryzen in comparison to the reviews I’ve done with the Z270 motherboards in between. While these things may seem like imagination, I’ve been back an forth enough that I feel confident in saying that Ryzen gives me a better experience with my PC.
Cool and quiet processor operation using a sophisticated grid of smart sensors.
- Monitors CPU temperature, resource usage, and power draw
- Adaptive control optimizes power draw for any workload
- Minimized power consumption reduces system heat and noise
Fine-tuned processor performance adjusted in real time to meet the performance demands of your game or app.
- Adjusts clockspeeds in 25MHz increments to optimize performance
- Clockspeed changes can occur without pausing work
- High precision tuning with 25MHz increments
Extended Frequency Range
Automatic extra performance boost for enthusiasts with premium systems and processor cooling.
- Permits CPU speeds above and beyond ordinary Precision Boost limits
- Clockspeed scales with cooling solution: air, water, and LN2
- Fully automated; no user input required
- Available on select AMD Ryzen processors
Neural Net Prediction
Built-in artificial intelligence that primes your processor to tackle your app workload more efficiently.
- A true neural network inside every AMD Ryzen processor
- Builds a temporary map of how your programs use the CPU
- Prepares the fastest processor pathways for your app’s behaviors
Learning algorithms that predict and pre-load needed data for fast and responsive computing.
- Learns how your applications access their own data
- Sophisticated algorithms anticipate and pre-load that data into the AMD Ryzen processor
- Vital data is ready when you are, enabling peak performance
When rumors were floating around about Ryzen 5, it looked like the 1400 might only have 4 cores and 4 threads. I’m glad to say that isn’t the case though. Both the 1400 and 1500X sport 8 threads with the 4 cores which is fantastic. The 1600 and 1600X each have 6 cores with 12 threads. What’s interesting is that the L1 and L2 caches are lower than Ryzen 7, which seems to correlate specifically to the number of cores on the chip. The L3 cache stays at 16 MB on both of the CPUs we’re looking at today.
||Ryzen 5 1600X
||Ryzen 5 1500X
||Ryzen 7 1800X
|# of CPU Cores
|# of Threads
|Base Clock Speed
|Max Turbo Core Speed
|Total L1 Cache
|Total L2 Cache
|Total L3 Cache
|Default TDP / TDP
Let’s take a closer look at the B350 chipset since we covered the X370 on our last Ryzen review. I’ll still use my X370 board for testing this time around, because I want to see Crossfire performance on these chips. However, during my overclocking review of Ryzen, I will test the differences on performance the B350 board has compared to the X370. The chipset shouldn’t have an effect, but I’ve noticed a lot of B350 boards skimping on the VRMs as well. The idea is to give users a shot at overclocking without having to pay the price premiums enthusiasts boards can cost.
AMD Socket AM4 Platform
Ready for AMD Ryzen™ processors – AMD Socket AM4 represents the company’s new future-proof platform targeting the fastest DDR4 memory, PCIe® 3.0, and NVMe technologies available, as well as the first native USB 3.1 Gen2 support on a chipset. With processor-direct SATA and USB connectivity, configurable for real-world flexibility, the new AM4 platform takes advantage of the leading-edge features of today, and tomorrow.
CHIPSET FEATURES (EVERY AM4 PROCESSOR IS COMPATIBLE WITH EVERY AM4 CHIPSET)