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AMD's Ryzen 5 desktop processors release around the world today

There are four Ryzen 5 processors, the Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1600 are 6-core/12-thread parts and the Ryzen 5 1500X and Ryzen 5 1400 are 4-core/8-thread parts. (Source: PCGamer)
There are four Ryzen 5 processors, the Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1600 are 6-core/12-thread parts and the Ryzen 5 1500X and Ryzen 5 1400 are 4-core/8-thread parts. (Source: PCGamer)
AMD launched all four models of its new high-performance AMD Ryzen 5 desktop processor today. They say it can deliver up to 87% more performance when comparing the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X to the Intel Core i5 7600K.

It’s been a month since the launch of AMD’s cutting-edge Ryzen 7 processors, and now we’re getting the launch of their Ryzen 5 processors for mid-range gamers and creators. These processors are based on the AMD Zen cores, generating 52 percent more performance per clock cycle than those of the last generation. The benefit of Ryzen 5 is mostly the cheaper price tag, which comes at the cost of lower clock speeds than those of the Ryzen 7.

“AMD Ryzen 5 revitalizes the mid-section of the desktop market, offering consumers excellent pricing awhile providing a smooth and impressive overall experience, whether for high-performance gaming or demanding applications,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group at AMD, in a statement.

As of today, consumers will be able to select from two hexa-core and two quad-core processors, all of which feature AMD simultaneous multithreading technology. The Ryzen chips have been touted as one of AMD’s most competitive in PC gaming in years, finally offering what could be a genuine contender to Intel processors in terms of price-to-performance ratio. AMD’s target audience includes gamers who value performance such as esports players and streamers, with prices ranging between $170 and $250.

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Isaac Brown, 2017-04-12 (Update: 2017-04-13)
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