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AMD Ryzen 5 2500X gets benchmarked and overclocked

The price difference between the Ryzen 3 2300X and the Ryzen 5 2500X is at most US$20, making the latter an overall better solution. (Source: HKEPC)
The price difference between the Ryzen 3 2300X and the Ryzen 5 2500X is at most US$20, making the latter an overall better solution. (Source: HKEPC)
The Ryzen 5 2500X managed to get similar scores to Intel's gen 7 i7-7700 CPU, making it an excellent solution for budget desktops. It is the only quad-core/8-thread CPU in the Ryzen 2000 family and it should be a best buy at only US$20 over the Ryzen 3 2300X ~US$140 price. Additionally, it can easily be overclocked to 4.3 GHz on air, probably eevn higher on watercooled solutions.
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It looks like AMD’s entry-mid desktop CPU solutions are almost ready for launch since a few select review sites are already getting test samples. We have seen what the Ryzen 3 2300X is capable of, and now it is time to take a closer look at the Ryzen 5 2500X budget model reviewed by the XFastest site.

Spec-wise, the 12 nm Ryzen 5 2500X is marginally better than the Ryzen 3 2300X, but the minimal difference in price (US$160 versus US$140) favors the first. It is still a quad-core CPU, but it comes with 8 execution threads instead of 4. The base clocks get a slight edge (3.6 GHz versus 3.5 GHz) and the boost clocks are the same for both models (4 GHz). The cache configuration gets 18 MB instead of 10 MB, while the max TDP is still capped at 65 W.

Jumping to performance-related figures, the Ryzen 5 2500X manages to get similar scores compared to the gen 7 Intel i7-7700. In GeekBench, the CPU scored 4,782 points for single-core tests, and 17,291 points for multi-core tests. On default clocks and running on an X470 motherboard with 16 GB of DDR4-3600, the CPU topped 1,006 points in Cinebench R15. As far as overclocking is concerned, the Ryzen 5 2500X was easily pushed to 4.3 GHz with the aid of an AIO liquid cooler.

AMD is expected to announce the two entry-level CPUs any time now, and the chips will be launched together with the B450 motherboards later this summer.

Overclocked specs and Cinebench R15 results (Source: XFastest)
Overclocked specs and Cinebench R15 results (Source: XFastest)

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1535 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2018-07- 5 (Update: 2018-07- 5)