The Ryzen 5 1500X Review
Today we’re going to review on Ryzen 5 1500X. AMD’s Ryzen 7 has its value from higher performance than Intel’s workstation oriented E processors at any given price point. With the Ryzen 5, the company plays to the almost same tune, this point hitting comparable prices as Intel’s Core i5 chips, but with simultaneous multi threading to boost 4 or 6 cores into 8T/12T powerhouses.
The Ryzen 5 1600X 6 core we recently tested is one such 6C/12T solution, going up against 4C/4T Core i5s & successfully cut through the threaded workloads with greater alacrity. The Ryzen 5 1500X we’re considering today loses two cores, but maintains SMT support to tackle the competition without compromising performance in rendering, programming & transcoding apps.
A price tag lands of around $200 the Ryzen 5 1500X & two processors that constantly fight for a position in our Best CPUs column each month, Core i5-7400 & Core i5-7500. But the Ryzen 5 1500X’s SMT advantage helps to turn the tide in a number of our most taxing benchmarks. Hence, its 16MB of L3 cache provides twice the capacity per-core of Ryzen 7, easily outshining Core i5’s meager 6MB last level cache.
As of all Ryzen processors, the Ryzen 5 1500X is purely a CPU, so it lacks of integrated graphics. The 65W processor offers a 3.5GHz base frequency & 3.7GHz+ boost clock rate, but it also comes with a more robust extended Frequency Range than other Ryzen processor’s. The XFR feature provides a 200MHz dual core boost to 3.9GHz+ only if your thermal solution is beefy enough, whereas other Ryzen processors are limited to an extra 100MHz.
Intel’s competing with Core i5 7500 runs at 3.4GHz by default, but employs Turbo Boost to hit 3.8GHz under little threaded workloads. The Kaby Lake architecture also enjoys 10% advantage in IPC throughput. Unfortunately, a locked ratio multiplier will keeps you from easy overclocks.
Most of the Socket AM4 motherboards require a new thermal solution or a conversion kit. If you grab a Ryzen 7 1800X, as an example, that means you need to shop for a new heat sink/fan or liquid cooler. But AMD has include its 95W Wraith Spire in the Ryzen 5 1500X. At default clock rates or under conservative overclocks, it should be ample. Expect more aggressive tuning to require a top end third party cooler, though & for comparing, Intel’s Core i5s do comes with bundled heat sinks & fans.
As considering all Ryzen processors start life with eight physical cores & the same underlying dual CCX design. Each CCX hosts four cores. They disables these resources symmetrically, either due to manufacturing defects or for differentiation purposes, to create the six & four core variants. Ryzen 5 1500X use two cores per CCX in a 2+2 configuration.
|AMD RYzen CPU||Cores/Threads||L3||TDP||Base||Turbo||XFR||Overclocking Unlocked|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1800X||8/16||16MB||95W||3.6GHz||4.0GHz||4.0GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700X||8/16||16MB||95W||3.4GHz||3.8GHz||3.8GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700||8/16||16MB||65W||3.0GHz||3.7Ghz||N/A||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1600X||6/12||16MB||95W||3.3GHz||3.7GHz||3.7GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1500||6/12||16MB||65W||3.2GHz||3.5GHz||N/A||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1400X||4/8||8MB||65W||3.5GHz||3.9GHz||3.9GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1300x||4/8||8MB||65W||3.1GHz||3.4GHz||N/A||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 3 1200X||4/4||8MB||65W||3.4GHz||3.8GHz||3.8GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 3 1100||4/4||8MB||65W||3.2GHz||3.5GHz||N/A||Yes|