AMD’s development of the new ZEN architecture has led to a plethora of CPU models for all segments. After checking out all the 8-core variants, it’s time to take a look at the Ryzen 5 1600X, AMD’s 6-core performance processor.
Features and Specification
AMD’s entry into the 6-core CPU segment is an important step and can be considered as the sweet spot between the extremely powerful Ryzen 7 chips and the affordable Ryzen 5 quad-core CPUs. The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X carries 6 active cores and 12 threads with default base clock speeds set at 3.6 GHz, Precision Boost at 4 GHz and XFR at 4.1 GHz. It's clear that the 1600X is targeted at the 6-core Intel i7-6800K processor.
The rest of the specifications are about the same as the Ryzen 7 1800X. The 1600X chip has a large 16MB L3 Cache and a TDP of 95W. We were hoping that the TDP of the 1600X was lower since the chip is two cores less than the 1800X. That said, we should mention that the rest of the Ryzen 5 family of processors ( Ryzen 1600, 1500X and the 1400 processor) have a TDP of 65W. You also get the same series of features such as the Pure Power for monitoring the temperatures and voltage, Neural Net Prediction and Smart Prefetch to anticipate actions and preload CPU instructions and data accordingly.
Testbed and Benchmarks
We have set up the Ryzen 7 1600X processor on an ASRock AB350 Fatality Gaming K4 motherboard along with GeIL EVO X DDR4 RAM sticks (2 x 8GB)- all provided to us by AMD. Our primary storage is the Kingston 256GB HyperX SSD with Windows 10 Pro installed.
We also tested the processor with the ASUS Strix Radeon RX 580 GPU at 1080p resolution (review to be posted soon) and the ASUS Strix GTX 1080 graphics card at 1440p with maximum settings.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X + ASUS Strix Radeon RX 580
Game Benchmarks at 1080p
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X + ASUS Strix GTX 1080
Game Benchmarks at 1440p
From all our CPU and gaming benchmarks, it's clear and evident that the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X is as good as the Intel i7-6800K processor for just half the price and we are quite happy about that. While the Intel i7-7700K may have an advantage in gaming, the Ryzen 5 1600X easily defeats the quad-core Kaby Lake processor in multi-core CPU performances. The high price/performance value makes the chip as one of the best affordable alternatives for any Ryzen 7 CPU or the Intel i7-6800K processor.