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AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs are now available and while slower, they offer a great performance/price ratio

It’s no secret that AMD’s Ryzen 7 CPUs were unable to compete – in gaming – with Intel’s top quad-core and six-core offers. Still, some indicated that AMD’s Ryzen 5 CPUs were the ones actually meant for gaming, that they would be – perhaps – faster than the Ryzen 7 CPUs. Well, AMD’s Ryzen 5 CPUs are currently available and according to third-party benchmarks, these CPUs are slower in gaming than both AMD’s Ryzen 7 and Intel’s CPUs.

First things first. AMD is offering four CPU models; Ryzen 5 1400, Ryzen 5 1500X, Ryzen 5 1600 and 1600X. The first two models feature 4 CPU cores and support 8 threads, while the latter two feature 6 CPU cores and support 12 threads.

The AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs are slower than Intel’s top quad-core offers, though some models (like the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X can sometimes top AMD’s lowered-tier Ryzen 7 CPUs).

What’s also interesting that in games that rely heavily on a single CPU core, AMD’s Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 CPUs perform similarly. As we’ve already said, one such game is Far Cry: Primal and as we can see below, Intel’s CPUs can easily top AMD’s CPUs.

The situation is similar in both Battlefield 1 and Mafia 3.

So yeah, the AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs do not impress with their overall gaming performance, especially for enthusiast gamers. However, AMD has really nailed its performance/price ratio.

The AMD Ryzen 5 1500X CPU in particular is a no brainer, though there are some games in which Intel’s counterpart, the i5 7600K is faster. Still, the i5 7600K does not support Hyper-Threading so in the long run, the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X will perform similar (or even better) in newer games that require more than three or four CPU threads.

Thanks Guru3D, Techspot and PCPer

John Papadopoulos

John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards." Contact: Email