AMD Ryzen 5 2500X gets benchmarked and overclocked
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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.
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