AMD Ryzen 7 was launched to compete against Intel Core i7 processor, and now the company has announced another series of processors in the same Rzyen series. The latest AMD Ryzen 5 could be an option if you’re looking for budget chips. The processors are economically priced and also offer decent specifications, which makes them a great choice over the Intel’s core i5 chip.
So, whether you should buy the AMD Ryzen 5 or not?
Well let’s just look at the pricing first, before talking about the specifications.
Now, that you’re aware of the pricing and the number of available cores in Ryzen 5 and Intel Core i5. Ryzen 5 is using an AM4 socket and will be compatible with all the same chipsets and motherboards as the R7s. Just like the Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 is also based on multiple cores and threads compared to Intel’s core i5, that too for the same value of money. AMD along with all these features is also offering simultaneous multithreading or unlocked multipliers to certain expensive chips.
The 6 core parts use two 4-core Complexes (CCXes) with one core from each disabled. Each core within a CCX has a 2MB slice of level 3 cache, and interestingly, all 16MB of cache are available. The 1500X again uses two CCXes, this time with two cores from each disabled, but again still offers the full 16MB of level 3 cache. The cheapest 1400 part, however, only has 8MB cache.
Lastly, the top variant which costs $249 is competing directly against the Intel core i5-7600K, a 4-core, 4-threads processor running at 3.8/4.2GHz pricing at $240. The R5 1400 is going up against the i3-7350K, a 2-core, 4-thread part running at a fixed 4.2GHz selling for around $174.
This time AMD has sharply priced its processors, and at the same price, AMD is offering more than what Intel is offering.