Review of AMD Ryzen 5 1500X and Ryzen 5 1600X mainstream processors with ASRock AB350 Gaming K4

Harold 18/4/2017

One month ago, we reviewed the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (8 core 16 threads) and was really impressed by it’s performance against the competition. As we have mentioned before, the Ryzen 7 1800X is really a high end processor that can go head to head with some of the expensive Intel Workstation or even Server class processors. It not only outperform it and it’s priced very competitively to the Intel equivalent. Review of AMD Ryzen 7 1800X

In April 2017, AMD launched another 4 processors which targets the desktop users. There are two 6-core and two 4-core AMD Ryzen 5 models available, all featuring AMD simultaneous multithreading (SMT) technology. All AMD Ryzen processors support the new AM4 infrastructure, with motherboard designs already broadly available from top motherboard manufacturers.


The four models comes in different clock speeds and the higher speed 1600X does not come with a heatsink cooler.

Product Line Model Cores Threads Base Clock (GHz) Boost Clock (GHz) XFR Clock (GHz) Included Cooler TDP[i](Watts) Price, incl 7% GST (SGD)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 12 3.6 4.0  


N/A 95  


AMD Ryzen 5 1600 6 12 3.2 3.6  


Wraith Spire 65  


AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 4 8 3.5 3.7  


Wraith Spire 65  


AMD Ryzen 5 1400 4 8 3.2 3.4  


Wraith Stealth 65  



AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1600 models are designed for smooth gaming and broadcasting, and deliver true workstation-class performance in a new market segment. The 1600X and 1600 models are two of the highest-performing and lowest power 6-core desktop processors that consumers can buy, with 12 threads delivering a decisive advantage in multi-core processing capability in its price level.

AMD Ryzen 5 1500X and 1400 are designed for performance gaming and processing featuring 4 processor cores with 8 threads for high performance gaming and processing, with AMD SenseMI Technology to analyze and adapt to customer needs. To deliver the best gaming experience possible, the 1500X features up to 200MHz of XFR (extended frequency range) when used with superior cooling– among the largest extended frequency ranges seen on an AMD Ryzen processor to date.

In the following pages, we will be comparing the performance of the Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 1500X with an Intel Core i5-7600K processor running on a Gigabyte GA-Z270X motherboard.