AMD to launch Ryzen 5 chips next month

Hot on the heels of the Intel-busting Ryzen 7 chips earlier this month, AMD is further adding to the range with four Ryzen 5 SKUs: 1600X, 1600, 1500X and 1400.

According to VideoCardz, the processors will be priced between $249 and $169 (we’ve reached out to AMD to get a UK price point) and will be available starting April 11th. While UK specifics are yet to be announced, it’s expected that the chips will be available through the company’s UK distributor partners AVNET and VIP

In terms of the chips’ specs, the 1600 series will feature 6 cores and 12 threads, while the 1500X and 1400 will be 4-core and 8-thread CPUs. All of the processors are unclocked and capable of overclocking, and each Ryzen CPU ie equipped with the rather flash sounding XFR (extended frequency range) tech which basically improves the boost clock by adding a few MHz.

Now, where the most interesting bit of info comes from is in AMD’s comparison between the 1600X and Intel’s Core i5 7600K. AMD claims that its new chip is 69 per cent more powerful. While the top-end’s $249 price tag is a teeny bit higher than the i5 7600K’s RRP of $243, the overclocking-enabled features in the Ryzen chips will likely make it a more lucrative option for prospective system builders.

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