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AMD Ryzen 5 1600X (6C12T) CPU Review

Cinebench

Cinebench is an application which renders a photorealistic 3D scene to benchmark a computer’s rendering performance, on one CPU core, all CPU cores or using the GPU. We run the test using the all-core CPU and single-thread CPU modes.


A dozen threads thrown at Cinebench R15 results in superb multi-threaded performance for the 1600X. AMD is putting Intel’s circa-£400 Broadwell-E Core i7-6800K to shame by outperforming it at stock and when ovcerclocked, despite the Ryzen 5 flagship costing around £150 (37.5%) less. AMD’s own £330 octa-core Ryzen 7 1700 is around 31% faster than the six-core 1600X when both are overclocked to 4GHz. Understandable, given the 33% increase in thread count.

Changing perspective to Ryzen 5 1600X’s price competitor, the roughly £240 Core i5-7600K, AMD’s part is 78% faster at stock clocks. Overclocking both chips reduces that gap to 70%, thanks to the significant frequency boost to Intel’s chip by comparison to the 1600X. 70%+ speed increases for the same money are sizeable differences in any language. Even the fastest mainstream part Intel has to offer – the speedy Kaby Lake Core i7-7700K – cannot compete with Ryzen 5 1600X and its twelve threads.

Single-threaded performance is less flattering for the Ryzen 5 flagship. Intel’s Kaby Lake architecture is the simple recipe for market-leading single-threaded performance to today’s buyer. So, it comes as no surprise to see the price-competitive Core i5-7600K outperforming Ryzen 5 1600X both at stock and when overclocked.

Out-of-the-box frequencies put the 4.2GHz MCT i5-7600K 11% ahead of Ryzen 5 1600X, despite the latter’s ability to boost to 4.1GHz under XFR conditions. The 1600X cannot gain ground with an overlock due to the all-core limitation of 4.0GHz. This gives the 4.9GHz Core i5-7600K a performance advantage of 20% over both 1600X configurations.

Handbrake Conversion

Handbrake is a free and open-source video transcoding tool that can be used to convert video files between different codecs, formats and resolutions. We measured the average frame rate achieved for a task of converting a 6.27GB 4K video using the Normal Profile setting and MP4 container. The test stresses all CPU cores to 100% and shows an affinity for memory bandwidth.

Handbrake is a clean-sweep for the 6C12T Ryzen 5 1600X against its 4C4T price competitor. Stock versus stock, the 1600X is 44% faster. That lead stands at 33% with both processors overclocked. The Core i7-7700K is also swept aside by the cheaper 1600X and a stock i7-6800K’s performance is also surpassed. Impressive for a $249 chip.

x265 Encoding

x265 Encoding tests system performance by encoding a 1080p test file using the x265/HEVC format.

 

The x265 encoding benchmark likes frequency alongside thread count. As such, 1600X takes a commanding lead over the i5-7600K at both stock and overclocked frequencies. The performance improvements versus a 7600K are significant and even the speedy i7-7700K only manages to hit 1600X-level performance with a 1.1GHz frequency advantage (due to Ryzen 5 1600X’s 3.7GHz all-core Precision Boost). With both processors overclocked, the $249 1600X is a little faster than Intel’s HEDT i7-6800K.

CPU-related testing overview:

Put simply, six physical cores combined with twelve threads, thanks to AMD’s SMT, allow the Ryzen 5 1600X to destroy the 4C4T Core i5-7600K in heavy computational tasks. The Core i7 chips are also beaten in several tasks. However, Kaby Lake is still the best architecture to opt for if you require high frequency and the best IPC performance.

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  • Rocky40

    Thank you very nice review very well balanced 2 thumbs up. in the apart where you say IPC is stronger on the Intel part which we know to be around 6%-7% with same clock rate. With that said what are the Cinebench IPC score if Intel’s Kady-lake and the AMD Ryzen running at the same clock speed. I would assume you would use the i5 7600K since that is the CPU the Ryzen 5 1600x and 1500x are shooting for both Single and multi threaded scores would be great.

    For example my i7 2700K gets 184 single and 894 multi @ 5Ghz(5007mhz) I have 5.2Ghz scores as well I just don’t recall them right now they are higher. 5ghz is my 24/7 settings anyway 5.2Ghz is for bench testing and chest thumping…lol It was nice seeing my i7 2700K in the review @4.6Ghz it gives a reference point of where my CPU would sit running at 4.6Ghz against the newer CPU’s thank you for including the older CPU’s. I also just noticed the i5 3570K included.I also have one of those in another system @ 4.6Ghz it is good to see it is also doing good as well.

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  • Gunnar Burling

    Yikes.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    Great review. I am happy I bought i5 7500 instead of waiting on Ryzen.

  • kaosstar

    You won’t be happy in 2 years, when the i5 is completely obsolete.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    I will upgrade to a hexa/quad coffee/canon lake on my b250 by then.

  • 200380051

    And have spent twice on you CPU/mobo/ram combo. Such savings!

  • 200380051

    Unreliable review. All DX12 tests should be done on Radeon cards. We all know by now how nVidia’s DX12 implementation fails big time to parallelize workloads properly. Thats why you get the same kind of results using a 1080 in DX12 compared to using DX11. Intel on top like erratic freaks (notice the 7600K Oc below the non OC).

    See for yourself : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tfTZjugDeg

    The press should have caught on to this by now. But it seems they, too, behave like erratic zombies. Or maybe money is involved, who knows!..

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    Why? I will just replace the cpu. I have a B250 mobo with LGA1151 chipset that will support Coffee Lake and maybe Cannon Lake too.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    Nvidia or AMD makes no difference. Even a non k i5 beats the crap out of Ryzens in DX12 titles.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/11244/the-amd-ryzen-5-1600x-vs-core-i5-review-twelve-threads-vs-four/13

    ^ See for yourself.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mbK0n5FjvhI
    ^ Ryzen 5 loses in almost all games even to a non k i5.

  • 200380051

    you will still have bought 2 CPUs

  • 200380051

    Well in tests involving AMD cards (second half of the page, R9 Fury and RX480), what i see is either Ryzen pulling ahead, on being neck in neck with Intel CPUs. There are other cases where the test is GPU bottlenecked which means Anand has failed to adapt settings to avoid that.

    Only cases where Ryzen gets destroyed is when using NV cards, which proves my point.

  • kaosstar

    Also, it’s been shown in many places that Nvidia GPU performance is gimped on Ryzen CPUs.

  • kaosstar

    I see you conveniently forgot to link to the other DX12 benches in that review. Let me help you: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11244/the-amd-ryzen-5-1600x-vs-core-i5-review-twelve-threads-vs-four/11

    Ryzen absolutely destroys every intel chip in that one.

  • kaosstar

    Cannon Lake is only coming to low power notebooks. Coffee Lake is coming to the desktop, but it will use a new chipset. So, you’ll have to buy a new motherboard too.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    I can sell or shovel the old cpu under some dumb troll as I always do. BTW thats called upgrade.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    I know in strategy games more cores/threads matter. But I dont play any so I am happy with my i5. Its good to have competition good for both amd and intel fans. I was myself using AMD cpus from last 12 years. But now will stay with intel for some time as I bought B250 board and upgrade to upcoming hexa/quad intel chips. Hopefully cheap thanks to AMD.

  • 200380051

    I think our view of things is jut different. it’s okay.

  • 200380051

    It is the other way around. Nvidia writes their GPU drivers. They have a choice, to optimize for Ryzen or not. And of course they won’t.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    Coffee Lake is socket LGA1151
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_Lake

    And it will come in hexa core in 2018.

  • Vivek Kumar

    can i run g.skill 3000mhz 8x2gb (CL15-16-16-35) kit with amd ryzen 1600x

  • Mark

    Actually. INTEL hasn’t confirmed Coffee Lake to be socket 1151 compatible. If so it could also be just new 3XX Chipset compatible. I hope not, but knowing Intel it is possible. They don’t give much information.

  • SuperkoopaTrooper

    Turns out you both are wrong and just smearing a company. Square released a new tomb raider update that drastically increases ryzen performance with nvidia GPUs so…

  • 200380051

    Square huh?

    Nixxes did address the DX12 performance optimization story for Ryzen CPUs, but then again it favored AMD more than nVidia. http://wccftech.com/dx-12-ryzen-rise-of-the-tomb-raider-patch-1-0-770-1/

  • Mrflappywilly

    And just been confirmed it uses a new chipset… So new board for you.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    Its just a tweet but heck I will upgrade to i7 7700K instead. Its still a badass.

  • Rick Lane

    Absolutely you can. Running G.Skill Ripjaw 4 3000mhz @2933 mhz after bios update. I just selected A-XMP 2 and everything auto adjusted, no issues at all.

  • Rick Lane

    Intel changes its chipset every other advancement. The way things are going with Intel, anything you get now will require a full upgrade in about 1 year. Thing is, Intel fanboys wont switch to AMD anyway. Why spend more money for Intel when right now AMD is right there with them at a much lower price point?

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    The same will happen with AMD too. You can’t expect AM4 chipset to continue that long either. After 2-3 years we will get a new chipset for new Ryzens. Right now its safe to chose any (Intel or AMD) if you are building a new machine. But if you are having a 3 year old intel chipset with a slow cpu like me, i7 7700k is still a worthy upgrade.

    https://www.techspot.com/review/1505-intel-core-8th-gen-vs-amd-ryzen/page6.html

  • Rick Lane

    But why spend more money on Intel, when you can get a very similar performance AMD and use the money you saved to get a better GPU?

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    I have an i5 7500 on a B250 with 16GB DDR4 2400. Why would I buy a whole new system when I can just upgrade the CPU to i7 7700K and get performance better than an R7 1800X.

  • Rick Lane

    Just remember that if you get an i7 7700K, you cannot OC it on a B250 mobo, it doesnt support overclocking. Only boards that do are X or Z series.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    Yes i know. Not a big fan of OCing anymore. Had my FX 4300 oced to 4.7ghz. OCing cpu these days does not give more frames in all the games.. not worth the extra power we spend.