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Ryzen 7 specs, release: AMD to release four budget Ryzen 5 processors on April 11

By David Archer | Mar 26, 2017 08:41 PM EDT
 German Chancellor Angela Merkel presents one of the first 300 mm wafer of the AMD factory in Leipzig at CeBIT.
(Photo : Getty Images/Andreas Rentz) German Chancellor Angela Merkel presents one of the first 300 mm wafer of the AMD factory in Leipzig at CeBIT.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is preparing for the launch of its AMD Ryzen desktop processors on April 11. The mid-level Ryzen 5 desktop PC processors will release four chips that are priced from 169 to $249.

According to PCGamesN, AMD announced its four different Ryzen 5 processors, which will consist of six and four-core configurations. The company aims to target the magnitude of central processing units being sold at less than 225$, which constitutes to 95 percent of market share as per record by market researcher Mercury Research.

"Ryzen will ultimately bring innovation and competition to virtually every segment of the PC market, and Ryzen 5 is the next big step on that journey, designed to achieve new levels of compute performance for millions of PC users," said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of the computing and graphics group at AMD, in a statement.

The four models include 3.2GHz 1400 (four cores, eight threads, 3.4GHz boost) pegged at $169, 3.5GHz 1500x (four cores, eight threads, 3.7GHz boost) for $189, 3.2GHz 1600 (six cores, 12 threads, 3.6GHz boost) for $219 and 3.6GHz 1600 (six cores, 12 threads, 4.0GHz boost) for $249.

According to Ars Technica, the 6 core parts (3.2 GHz 1600 and 3.6 GHz 1600) are armed with two 4-core Core Complexes (CCXes) with one core from each disabled. Each core within a CCX has a 2MB slice of level 3 cache, while all 16MB of cache are available. The 3.5 GHz 1500X configuration uses again two CCXes that offers the full 16MB of level 3 cache. The cheapest 1400 part, on the other hand, only has 8MB cache.

The series of Ryzen 5 processors have the potential to outperform Intel's similarly priced Core i5 processors. Meanwhile, overlockers should be able to fully utilize the Ryzen desktop PC processors because they will be shipped unlocked. The four AMD processors will also be powered with SenseMI technology and should support the new AM4 infrastructure, with motherboard designs being produced from top ODMs.

As it leans on more budget-centric consumers, the processors will pull down their powerful performance against the Ryzen 7 CPUs released earlier this month. However, the budget CPUs will perform better than the Ryzen 3 chips expected in the second half of 2017.

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