AMD’s new Ryzen 5 CPUs are now in the wild for all to see. Early reviews are very promising and it’s looking like Intel might be in hot water. While people were unimpressed with Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 (at least at the outset) looks much more promising. Let’s talk about some of the good and the bad and if Ryzen 5 is for you.
Ryzen 5 Pros and Cons
In structure, Ryzen 5 is similar to Ryzen 7, just smaller in scope. The 1600 and 1600X both have 6 cores while the 1500X and 1400 have 4 cores. Initially, this doesn’t seem too impressive in comparison to Intel’s i5 processors. The hook comes with the amount of threads AMD offers in comparison to Intel’s CPUs. Each i5 CPU offers 4 threads while the Ryzen 5 CPUs offer double the threads from their cores. Ryzen is giving users double the amount of threads at an extremely competitive price. A thread is a part of a process that a computer performs. The more threads a CPU is capable of having, the faster it can complete processes.
To make an easier visualization, imagine our “process” is putting people onto a one-door train. Eventually, everyone will get through the door and onto the train, but it will take a long time. If we add more doors (“threads”) to the train (“process”), we can get people on faster. Having more threads allows you to finish processes faster. For an extra couple of dollars, Ryzen is offering at least double the amounts of threads Intel offers.
However, Ryzen 5 still has the issue of its individual cores being less efficient than and Intel processor. While Ryzen offers an awesome amount of processes for its price, Intel still has superior single core architecture. But in that same vein, just like Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 excels at multicore processes. If you routinely create media content, Ryzen will be faster than or almost as fast as an Intel processor. You can’t find this kind of core/thread value with any other CPU; that makes Ryzen highly competitive in that respect.
Ryzen 5 for Gaming
One of the major complaints of Ryzen 7 at its launch was that it struggled when running games. Recently, AMD has tried to mitigate these problems with various updates to improve Ryzen gaming performance. So with this in mind: how does Ryzen 5 handle gaming? Preliminary tests by various YouTubers and critics are very promising. So far, Ryzen 5 has kept up with and in some instances, even surpassed Intel CPUs in performance tests. Obviously, every game is coded differently so some games inherently run better on Intel CPUs, but the overall performance on Ryzen 5 is nothing to ignore.
An interesting side effect of Ryzen’s multiprocessing strength is that streamers may find better performance when streaming. With various processes having to run when streaming, the Ryzen 5s are capable of running games and the streaming software extremely well. A streamer may have more performance issues when streaming with an Intel CPU than with a new Ryzen. Again, these tests are very preliminary, but there is certainly potential for AMD to improve Ryzen through updates in the future. It’s almost safe to say that if you are just starting out streaming, you will want a Ryzen 5 in your starting rig.
All this is very exciting for consumers and for AMD. Low budget users can now purchase a strong CPU at an amazingly competitive price. Gamers and streamers have a reliable option to choose from when building their rigs. AMD now seems poised to do what it was hoping to do with Ryzen 7; compete with Intel and possibly dethrone them as the CPU market kings. We will have to see how the situation develops in the future but for now it seems that AMD has hit their stride.
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