AMD Ryzen 5, the next series of CPUs coming out after Ryzen 7, won’t hit the shelves until April 11. But a few lucky individuals already got their hands on the processors, thanks to some retailers that started selling the products ahead of its official launch.
News of AMD Ryzen 5’s early release broke on Reddit, with one user posting photos of a fellow Brazilian’s recently bought processor. The post didn’t reveal much, but author marcosmcc claimed the product came from Paraguay. Apparently, some retailers worldwide which have already begun receiving shipments of Ryzen 5 processors have not received a memo from AMD about its official launch.
Based on the interaction on the Reddit thread, there were a few folks from Mexico, Peru, and Brazil who have also managed to walk into some local stores and buy their Ryzen processors. Some of them have even promised to benchmark their CPUs and publish the results within the next few days.
So far, we’ve only seen an AMD Ryzen 1600 from the forum, but more should come in the next few days if the early roll out in select retailers continues. In the meantime, here’s an idea of how the new chips are going to perform for those who are still having doubts whether to buy them or not.
AMD Ryzen 5 Family
At this point, AMD has formally introduced four different Ryzen 5 processors that will debut come April 11.
First on the list is Ryzen 5 1600X, the flagship of the Ryzen 5 lineup which is a six-core, 12-thread CPU with a 3.6GHz base clock and a 4.0GHz boost clock. WCCFTech describes it as a Ryzen 7 1800X mainstream alternative that is also expected to be a great performing gaming chip. Interested buyers can purchase this one for $249, just $10 over its Intel counterpart, the Core i5 7600K.
Next, we have the Ryzen 5 1600 which is also six core, 12 thread SKU with identical cache amount of 16MB and TDP of 95W as the 1600X. Its only difference from the flagship chip is its slightly lower clock speeds of 3.2GHz base and 3.6GHz boost. Tagged at $219, 1600 has an unlocked multiplier for overclocking.
The other two chips in the Ryzen 5 family include the Ryzen 5 1500X and Ryzen 5 1400—both featuring four cores and eight threads. Similar to the other Ryzen products, these two products come with unlocked multipliers for overclocking. The former, however, has a base clock of 3.5GHz and boost clock of 3.7 GHz, while the latter boasts 3.2 GHz base and 3.4 GHz boost clock speed.
Both 1500X and 1400 have 8MB cache and 65W TDP. They will be available for $189 and $169 respectively.