AMD’s much discussed new Ryzen 5 chips for desktops are available for purchase according to a press release by the company. Prices for the processors will start at about $170 for the Ryzen 5 1400 quad core processor but you might see significant rise in performance if you decide to spend little bit more.
For example, you will get a Ryzen 5 1600X hexa-core chip with hyperthreading technology meaning you will get a chip with 12 threads with same price as an Intel Core i5 chip. Recently, AnandTech reported that despite Intel’s chip providing a better performance on single-core, you will get more threads for same price with Ryzen which might suite it better for applications that require more cores.
In case you didn’t know, Ryzen 5 Chips are second set of processors based on the company’s new Zen architecture and have a lot of similarities with the Ryzen 7 chips launched earlier this year. As these chips are all unlocked, they should suit your needs in case you’re an overclocking enthusiast. The more affordable Ryzen 3 chips will arrive soon with the company set to introduce chips designed for laptops and other devices where 95 or 65 watt processors aren’t viable options.
Whatever happens, with Intel set to launch its eighth generation processors later this year, it might be worthwhile to see how processors from both companies perform against each other when all of the Ryzen chips are available later this year.