AMD’s Zen goes mainstream with Ryzen 5: 4 cores, 8 threads, from $169

The first chips with AMD’s new Zen architecture were the high-end, enthusiast-oriented Ryzen 7 parts. It’s now the mainstream’s turn, with AMD announcing Ryzen 5.

There are four Ryzen 5 parts launching on April 11. At the top end is the R5 1600X: 6 cores, 12 threads, with a base of 3.6GHz and a turbo of 4.0GHz, for $249. Below that is the $219 1600. It has the same core and thread count but cuts clock speeds to 3.2/3.6GHz. At the bottom end are a pair of 4-core, 8-thread parts: the $169 1400 at 3.2/3.4GHz, and the $189 1500X at 3.5/3.7GHz.

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Source:: Arstechnica – Gadgets