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AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X CPU Review

Posted May 2, 2017 by Josh Jackson in CPU & Motherboards


Price at time of Review: $249.99 and $189.99 on Newegg for the 1600X and 1500X Respectively


Excellent Price, Great Performance, Quality Design, AMD is Really Back!


The Ryzen 5 1600X seems like the Best All Around CPU a user can buy right now for their system. That said, AMD has done a marvelous job of making a Ryzen chip that can cater to nearly every type of situation.
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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.

Pure Power

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

Precision Boost

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

Smart Prefetch

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 6 4 8
# of Threads 12 8 16
Base Clock Speed 3.6GHz 3.4GHz 3.6GHz
Max Turbo Core Speed 4GHz 3.8GHz 4GHz
Total L1 Cache 576KB 384KB 768KB
Total L2 Cache 3MB 2MB 4MB
Total L3 Cache 16MB 16MB 16MB
Unlocked Yes Yes Yes
Package AM4 AM4 AM4
Default TDP / TDP 95W 65W 95W

 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.


AM4 Chipsets

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    AMD’s really stepped up their game in the past few years. You used to get made fun of for using anything but Intel, but that’s not the case anymore


    Well, I proved it. I can say that it was a pretty fantastic experience. This review has a lot of good points regarding this product!

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