AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X Performance Review and Cost Analysis


AMD has just released their next lineup to their Ryzen series of processors. The Ryzen 5 is the mainstream series that will be available in both quad-core and hexa-core variants. Similar to the Ryzen 7, these new processors will be based on the same "Zen" micro-architecture from AMD, which has won much praises from the industry for its significant improvements from their predecessors.

In our tests today, let us take a further look into the performance of the new the Ryzen 5 1600X hexa-core and Ryzen 5 1500X quad-core processors.

System Setup and Configuration

While system memory speed do make a difference in the overall performance of a computer system, the improvements are minimal. This was already shown with different benchmark tests carried out by TechPowerUp. That is why, we did not push our memory to even higher frequencies (even though we could have reached higher speeds), and retained the 2933MHz clock on a 16-17-17-17-35 timings, similar on the Ryzen 7 benchmarks which we did previously. This should also give us a good comparison between the performance differences between the two processors.

Both the Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1500X were kept at stock settings. This allowed the dynamic adaptation of clock speeds per processing unit for different workloads. Both Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1500X are equipped with AMD SenseMI Technology that allows Precision Boost and Extended Frequency Range in heavy workload situations. More specifically, here are the boost rates for both processors.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
95W TDP
3.6GHz Base
3.7GHz All-Core Boost
4.0GHz 2-core Boost
4.1GHz XFR
65W TDP
3.5GHz Base
3.6GHz All-Core Boost
3.7GHz 2-Core Boost
3.9GHz XFR

SPECIFICATIONS
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1500X
Geil EVO X 2 x 8GB DDR4 RAM
ASUS B350M-A Motherboard
FSP HEXA 550W PSU
OCZ TL100 240GB SSD
ASUS GTX 1050
Windows 10 64bit Enterprise Edition




In the Cinebench R15 nThread test, the lead came from those with a higher number of logical compute cores. The Ryzen 5 1600X being a hexa-core processor, was able to easily surpass the performance limits of a costlier Intel Core i7 7700K by a whooping 33%. The Ryzen 1600X was also in fact 2 times faster than the Core i5 7500 at only $50 more. It seems that AMD is definitely going to bring great value per cost for their new Ryzen 5 processors.

On the other hand, the Ryzen 5 1500X was also able to outperform the Core i5 7500, largely because it had Simultaneous Multi-Threading SMT enabled. Since the Cinebench R15 can utilize all these different threads as resources on the CPU, there is a very significant performance difference between the two processors as well.

The Cinebench R15 Single Thread test measures the actual computing performance of individual computing unit within each processor. The Ryzen 5 1600X single thread test shows that its performance is almost identical to the Ryzen 7 1800X. This is the expected result, as both processors are from the same architectural design, and are both clocked at the same speed. The Ryzen 5 1500X has a slightly lower score due to its lower clock speed.

As compared to the Intel's counterparts, it is seen that the performance per core per thread of the Ryzen processor is about the same level as the i7 6900K Broadwell-E processor. The Broadwell-E architecture will be due to be updated in the June in Computex 2017 with the Skylake-X/Kabylake-X processor. The latest Kaby Lake architecture from Intel is still somewhat superior to the Zen architecture, as it reaches a much higher score at 190. However, it must also be taken into consideration that the i7 7700K is also by default clocked at a higher rate than any of the other Ryzen processors.

Cost to Performance Analysis and Conclusion

If we were to take the scores and compare it to the price of the processors, we will be able to find out the Cost to Performance ratio to these processors in both single threaded and multi threaded applications.

Processor
Price
(SGD)
Single Thread Performance
C/P Ratio – Single Thread
(Cost per Cinebench Score)
Multi Thread Performance
C/P Ratio – Multi Thread
(Cost per Cinebench Score)
Ryzen 5 1500X
289
160
1.80625
844
0.34242
Ryzen 5 1600X
359
166
2.16265
1288
0.27873
Ryzen 7 1800X
818
167
4.89820
1694
0.48288
Core i7 6900K
1569
163
9.62577
1474
1.06445
Core i7 7700K
525
190
2.76312
967
0.54292
Core i5 7500
309
162
1.90741
597
0.51759

If you are looking for the best value for money processor, look no further as the AMD Ryzen series is comparatively much cheaper than the Intel processors, judging from the price to performance ratio.

Based on our analysis, The Ryzen 5 1600X is the most valuable processor as of now in the market, which costs only 0.27873SGD per Cinebench score. It would be the best processor that you are get if you are on a budget, and looking for a processor that handles multi-threaded applications well.

On the other hand, if you are looking to run single-threaded applications and require the best of the best, the i7 7700K is the way to go as its single thread performance is much better than any other processors in the market. However, if ultimate single threaded performance is not what you are looking for, the Ryzen 5 1500X is the most value for money.

AMD has shown us that it does not require a lot of money to get a decent computer with great computational capabilities. With such an exceptional value that AMD has brought to the market, competition will be even stronger between both AMD and Intel. This will ultimately be beneficial to the consumers.

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