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AMD Ryzen 5 1600X (6C12T) CPU Review

We will be outlining the Ryzen 5 1600X CPU’s performance while using an ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 AM4 motherboard.

A 16GB (2x8GB) kit of G.Skill’s Trident Z DDR4 memory serves our test system. The kit’s rated frequency of 3200MHz with CL14 timings should ensure that memory-induced bottlenecks are removed. A strength for the ASRock board is its ability to run this memory at 3200MHz CL14 using XMP, which is pushing on the limit of memory speed capability for the AM4 platform.

Today’s comparison processors come in the form of:

  • Piledriver FX-8370.
  • Sandy Bridge i7-2700K.
  • Ivy Bridge i5-3570K.
  • Devil’s Canyon i7-4790K (Haswell-based).
  • Broadwell-E i7-6800K.
  • Skylake’s i5-6600K and i7-6700K.
  • Kaby Lake’s i3-7350K, i5-7400, i5-7600K, and i7-7700K.
  • Ryzen 5 1500X.
  • Ryzen 7 1700, 1700X and 1800X.

Where significant data is present in the chart (for games and all productivity benchmarks), the numbers are directly comparable with those displayed in our Ryzen 7 review HERE. This new test system is updated with the latest Windows build version which represents the only significant change (aside from multiple game updates) since Ryzen 7 testing.

It will be interesting to see how Ryzen 5 compares to its closest Kaby Lake competitor. Also of interest will be the ability of Ryzen 5 to compete with Ryzen 7 chips in lightly-threaded workloads, such as certain games.

The Ryzen 5 1600X sat comfortably at its 3.7GHz all-core boost frequency throughout testing thanks to our adequate Cooler Master Hyper 212X CPU cooler and solid power delivery from the ASRock motherboard. XFR was confirmed as operating at 4.1GHz by running multiple different single-threaded workloads and checking the real-time clock speed.

We test Intel CPUs (except the Core i5-7400) using the forced turbo (multi-core turbo – MCT) setting that most motherboard vendors now enable by default or when using XMP memory. This feature pins all of the CPU’s cores at the maximum turbo boost frequency all of the time. The voltage is bumped up to enhance stability but this results in greater power consumption and higher temperature readings which are important to remember when testing those parameters.

We also tested all CPUs’ achievable overclocked frequencies so that you can see how your overclocked chip compares to another stock or overclocked chip.

CPU Test System Common Components:

  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X Pascal (custom fan curve to eliminate thermal throttling).
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212X / AMD Wraith Spire / Intel E97379-003 (stock, Aluminium slug) / Noctua NH-D14 / Noctua NH-D15 / Cryorig R1 Ultimate / Corsair H100i v2 / Corsair H110i GT.
  • Games SSD: SK hynix SE3010 SATA 6Gbps 960GB.
  • Power Supply: Seasonic Platinum 1000W / Seasonic Platinum 760W.
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (Anniversary Update, latest version).

We try to use coolers that will realistically be partnered with the CPUs to gather performance measurements. In the case of Ryzen 5, this is a Cooler Master Hyper 212X for the 1600X and the supplied AMD Wraith Spire for the 1500X. The Core i5-7400 is tested with its stock Intel cooler.

Seasonic’s Platinum-rated PSUs provide ample power to really push the CPU overclocks. Nvidia’s GTX Titan X Pascal is the fastest gaming GPU on the planet, making it ideal for alleviating GPU-induced bottlenecks and putting the onus on CPU performance.

While we use a mixture of cooling and PSU hardware for general testing, where it is important to keep those items identical (power draw and temperature readings) we ensure that the correct hardware is used to deliver accurate data.

Ryzen 5 B350 System (Ryzen 5 1600X, 1500X):

  • 1600X CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600X ‘Summit Ridge’ 6 cores, 12 threads (3.6-4.0GHz stock w/ 4.1GHz XFR & 4.0GHz @ 1.4V overclocked).
  • 1500X CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X ‘Summit Ridge’ 4 cores, 8 threads (3.5-3.7GHz stock w/ 3.9GHz XFR & 3.9GHz @ 1.4V overclocked).
  • Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 (AM4, B350).
  • Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill Trident Z 3200MHz 14-14-14-34 DDR4 @ 1.35V.
  • System Drive: Crucial MX300 525GB.

Ryzen 7 X370 System (Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X, 1700):

  • 1800X CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X ‘Summit Ridge’ 8 cores, 16 threads (3.6-4.0GHz stock w/ 4.1GHz XFR & 4.1GHz @ 1.43125V overclocked).
  • 1700X CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X ‘Summit Ridge’ 8 cores, 16 threads (3.4-3.8GHz stock w/ 3.9GHz XFR & 4.0GHz @ 1.41875V overclocked).
  • 1700 CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 ‘Summit Ridge’ 8 cores, 16 threads (3.0-3.7GHz stock w/ 3.75GHz XFR & 4.0GHz @ 1.41875V overclocked).
  • Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair VI Hero (AM4, X370).
  • Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill Trident Z 3200MHz 14-14-14-34 DDR4 @ 1.35V.
  • System Drive: Crucial MX300 525GB.

Kaby Lake & Skylake LGA 1151 System (7350K, 7400, 7600K, 7700K, 6600K, 6700K):

  • 7350K CPU: Intel Core i3-7350K ‘Kaby Lake’ (Retail) 2 cores, 4 threads (4.2GHz stock MCT & 4.8GHz @ 1.35V overclocked).
  • 7400 CPU: Intel Core i5-7400 ‘Kaby Lake’ (Retail) 4 cores, 4 threads (3.0-3.5GHz stock).
  • 7600K CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K ‘Kaby Lake’ (Retail) 4 cores, 4 threads (4.2GHz stock MCT & 4.9GHz @ 1.35V overclocked).
  • 7700K CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K ‘Kaby Lake (Retail) 4 cores, 8 threads (4.5GHz stock MCT & 4.8GHz @ 1.35V overclocked).
  • 6600K CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K ‘Skylake’ (Retail) 4 cores, 4 threads (3.9GHz stock MCT & 4.5GHz @ 1.35V overclocked).
  • 6700K CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K ‘Skylake’ (Retail) 4 cores, 8 threads (4.2GHz stock MCT & 4.7GHz @ 1.375V overclocked).
  • Motherboard: MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon & Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming 7 (LGA 1151, Z270).
  • Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill Trident Z 3200MHz 14-14-14-34 DDR4 @ 1.35V.
  • System Drive: Samsung 840 500GB.

Broadwell-E LGA 2011-3 System (6800K):

  • 6800K CPU: Intel Core i7 6800K ‘Broadwell-E’ (Retail) 6 cores, 12 threads (3.6GHz stock MCT & 4.2GHz @ 1.275V overclocked).
  • Motherboard: ASUS X99-Deluxe (LGA 2011-v3, X99).
  • Memory: 32GB (4x8GB) G.Skill Trident Z 3200MHz 14-14-14-34 DDR4 @ 1.35V.
  • System Drive: SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB.

Devil’s Canyon LGA 1150 System (4790K):

  • 4790K CPU: Intel Core i7 4790K ‘Devil’s Canyon’ (Engineering Sample) 4 cores, 8 threads (4.4GHz stock MCT & 4.7GHz @ 1.30V overclocked).
  • Motherboard: ASRock Z97 OC Formula (LGA 1150, Z97).
  • Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill Trident X 2400MHz 10-12-12-31 DDR3 @ 1.65V.
  • System Drive: Kingston SM2280S3/120G 120GB.

Sandy Bridge & Ivy Bridge LGA 1155 System (2700K, 3570K):

  • 2700K CPU: Intel Core i7 2700K ‘Sandy Bridge (Retail) 4 cores, 8 threads (3.9GHz stock MCT & 4.6GHz @ 1.325V overclocked).
  • 3570K CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K ‘Ivy Bridge’ (Retail) 4 cores, 4 threads (3.8GHz stock MCT & 4.6GHz @ 1.30V overclocked).
  • Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V (LGA 1155, Z77).
  • Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill Trident X 2400MHz 10-12-12-31 DDR3 @ 1.65V (@2133MHz for 2700K due to CPU IMC limitation).
  • System Drive: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB.

Vishera AM3+ System (FX-8370):

  • FX-8370 CPU: AMD FX-8370 ‘Vishera’ (Retail) 8 cores, 8 threads (4.0-4.3GHz stock & 4.62GHz @ 1.45V CPU, 2.6GHz @ 1.30V NB overclocked).
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FX-Gaming (AM3+, SB950).
  • Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill Trident X 2133MHz 12-12-12-31 DDR3 @ 1.65V.
  • System Drive: Patriot Wildfire 240GB.

Software:

  • ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 BIOS 2.20 (latest for Ryzen 5 testing).
  • GeForce 378.49 VGA drivers.

Tests:

Productivity-related:

  • Cinebench R15 – All-core & single-core CPU benchmark (CPU)
  • HandBrake 0.10.5 – Convert 6.27GB 4K video recording using the Normal Profile setting and MP4 container (CPU)
  • Mozilla Kraken – Browser-based JavaScript benchmark (CPU)
  • x265 Benchmark – 1080p H.265/HEVC encoding benchmark (CPU)
  • WPrime – 1024M test, thread count set to the CPU’s maximum number (CPU)
  • SiSoft Sandra 2016 SP1 – Processor arithmetic, cryptography, and memory bandwidth (CPU & Memory)
  • 7-Zip 16.04 – Built-in 7-Zip benchmark test (CPU & Memory)

Gaming-related:

  • 3DMark Fire Strike v1.1 – Fire Strike (1080p) test (Gaming)
  • 3DMark Time Spy – Time Spy (DX12) test (Gaming)
  • VRMark – Orange room (2264×1348) test (Gaming)
  • Ashes of the Singularity Escalation – Built-in benchmark tool CPU-Focused test, 1920 x 1080, Extreme quality preset, DX12 version (Gaming)
  • Gears of War 4 – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Ultra quality preset, Async Compute Enabled, DX12 (Gaming)
  • Grand Theft Auto V – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Maximum quality settings, Maximum Advanced Graphics, DX11 (Gaming)
  • Metro: Last Light Redux – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Very High quality settings, SSAA Enabled, AF 16X, High Tessellation, DX11 (Gaming)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Very High quality preset, SMAA enabled, DX12 version (Gaming)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Custom benchmark run in a heavily populated town area, 1920 x 1080, Maximum quality settings, Nvidia features disabled, DX11 (Gaming)
  • Total War Warhammer – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Ultra quality preset, DX12 version (Gaming)

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