Ryzen 5

AMD's Ryzen 7 CPUs have been received very well thanks to comparable performance to the competition at half the price. Ryzen is now showing off their Ryzen 5 CPUs which features 4 cores (8 threads) for the $169 price range and up to 6 cores (12 threads) for $249. It'll be interesting to see how the mid-range consumers react to a new option in the CPU market but from the sounds of it the performance increase in comparison to the competition should at least get AMD some consideration. Arstechnica has more details.

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.

The chips will continue to use the AM4 socket and will be compatible with all the same chipsets and motherboards as the R7s.