Best AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Black Friday Deals 2020
AMD’s Ryzen 7 derives its value from higher performance than Intel’s workstation-oriented Broadwell-E processors at any given price price. With Ryzen 5, the business plays to the same tune, this time around hitting comparable prices as Intel’s Core i5 chips, but with simultaneous multi-threading to carefully turn four or six cores into 8T/12T powerhouses.
The six-core Ryzen 5 1600X we recently tested is one particular 6C/12T solution, increasing against 4C/4T Core i5s and successfully slicing through threaded workloads with greater alacrity. The Ryzen 5 1500X we’re benchmarking today loses two cores, but maintains its SMT support to tackle the mainstream competition without compromising performance in rendering, programming, and transcoding apps.
A $190 price lands the Ryzen 5 1500X between two processors that constantly fight for a posture inside our Best CPUs column every month: Core i5-7400 and Core i5-7500. However the 1500X’s SMT advantage helps turn the tide in several our most taxing benchmarks. Moreover, its 16MB of L3 cache provides twice the capability per core of Ryzen 7, easily outshining Core i5’s meager 6MB last-level cache.
Much like all Ryzen processors, the 1500X is purely a CPU, so that it lacks integrated graphics. The 65W processor offers a 3.5 GHz base frequency and 3.7 GHz boost clock rate, but it addittionally comes equipped with a far more robust eXtended Frequency Range than other Ryzen models. The XFR feature offers a 200 MHz dual-core boost to 3.9 GHz if your thermal solution is beefy enough, whereas other Ryzen chips are limited by a supplementary 100 MHz.
MORE: Everything Zen: AMD Presents New Microarchitecture At HotChips
MORE: Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7700K, i7-7700, i5-7600K, i5-7600 Review
MORE: Broadwell-E: Intel Core i7-6950X, 6900K, 6850K & 6800K Review
Intel’s competing Core i5-7500 runs at 3.4 GHz by default, but employs Turbo Boost going to 3.8 GHz under lightly-threaded workloads. The Kaby Lake architecture also enjoys a ~10% advantage in IPC throughput. Unfortunately, though, a locked ratio multiplier keeps you from easy overclocks.
AMD suits the enthusiast market by unlocking most of its Ryzen CPUs on X370- and B350-based motherboards.
Most Socket AM4 motherboards need a new thermal solution or conversion kit (Asus does sell models with elongated holes that support AM3 and AM4 coolers). In the event that you grab a Ryzen 7 1800X, for instance, that means searching for a fresh heat sink/fan or liquid cooler. But AMD does include its 95W Wraith Spire with the Ryzen 5 1500X. At stock clock rates or under conservative overclocks, it ought to be ample. Expect more aggressive tuning to need a higher-end third-party cooler, though. And for comparison, Intel’s Core i5s do includes bundled heat sinks and fans.
Each of the existing Ryzen models start life with eight physical cores and the same underlying dual-CCX design. Each CCX hosts four cores. AMD disables these resources symmetrically, either because of manufacturing defects or for differentiation purposes, to create the six- and four-core variants. Ryzen 5 1500X utilizes two cores per CCX in a 2+2 configuration.
Ryzen Memory Support MT/s
The cores communicate via AMD’s Infinity Fabric, which we covered inside our AMD Ryzen 5 1600X CPU Review. To conclude a few of our findings for the reason that story, the communication delay between CCX modules has a direct effect on performance. Overclocking the memory subsystem helps reduce Infinity Fabric latency, which benefits application performance. So, we advise splurging on a 3200 MT/s-capable kit.
Because of its common design, we expect the 1500X going to an overclocking ceiling around 3.9 to 4.0 GHz. At those frequencies, AMD comes with an advantage over Intel’s multiplier-locked Core i5s. The 1500X also sports the familiar bevy of Ryzen features, including the SenseMI suite, a dual-channel memory controller, and Socket AM4 compatibility.