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AMD Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X Processor Review

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AMD Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X Processor Testing:

To validate that level of performance delivered byAMD's Ryzen 5 offerings, I will be running it and its comparison products through OCC's test suite of benchmarks, which include both synthetic benchmarks and real-world applications. The gaming tests will also consist of both synthetic benchmarks and actual gameplay, in which we can see if similarly-prepared setups offer any performance advantages. The system will receive a fully updated, fresh install of Windows 10 Professional 64-bit edition, in addition to the latest chipset drivers for each board and GeForce drivers for the NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition. To ensure as few variables as possible, all hardware will be tested at their stock speeds, timings, voltages, and latencies, unless otherwise stated. After stock speed testing, each processor will then be overclocked as much as possible, while still maintaining full stability.


Testing Setup: AMD AM4 Ryzen 5

  • Processors: AMD Ryzen R5 1600X, R5 1500X
  • CPU Cooling: Wraith Max
  • Motherboard: ASUS B350 Prime Plus
  • Memory: Geil EVO X 3200Mhz 16GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition
  • Power Supply: Corsair RM1000x
  • Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB SATA 3
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On Blu-Ray
  • Case: Corsair 780T
  • OS: Windows 10 Professional 64-bit

Testing Setup: AMD AM4 Ryzen 7

  • Processors: AMD Ryzen R7 1800X, R7 1700X, R7 1700
  • CPU Cooling: Corsair H110i
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte AX370-Gaming 5 Aorus
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance 3000Mhz 16GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition
  • Power Supply: Corsair RM1000x
  • Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB SATA 3
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On Blu-Ray
  • Case: Corsair 780T
  • OS: Windows 10 Professional 64-bit


Testing Setup: Intel Z270

  • Processors: Intel 7th Generation Core i7 7700K
  • CPU Cooling: Corsair H115i
  • Motherboard: MSI Z270 SLI Plus
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 3600MHz 32GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition
  • Power Supply: Corsair RM1000x
  • Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB SATA 3
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On Blu-Ray
  • Case: Corsair 780T
  • OS: Windows 10 Professional 64-bit


Testing Setup: Intel (Socket 1151)


Testing Setup: Intel (Socket 1150)


Testing Setup: AMD (Socket AM3+)



  • AMD R5 1600X 4015MHz 100MHz x 40.25
  • AMD R5 1500X 3992MHz 100MHz x 40

AMD's overclocking guidance suggests that the majority of processors should reach a 4.2GHz overclock. I am not sure if that is by disabling SMT or parking cores to get a higher overall clock speed, as 4.0GHz seemed to be the magic number for just about everyone when it came to overclocking the R7 series Ryzen chips. Knowing this limitation that was the point where I focused my efforts, knowing that all three R7 chips I tested fit into a very small clock speed envelope There are a couple ways to get the most out of AMD's Ryzen processors and it, of course, starts with keeping them cool. Using a good, solid cooling package will allow you to get the most performance possible out of the Summit Ridge silicon. To start, AMD's guidance on voltage is that 1.35v to 1.45v is the area where a good, long term overclock should be sustainable. Although at the top end of that voltage range we get the warning that using voltages on the high end may come with the consequence of reduced longevity. Same story with each processor we see. Using the ASUS B350 Prime Plus, I was able to duplicate the results I had with the X370 Gigabyte board I used on the R7 testing! Right around 4.0GHz is it on an all-core overclock with this silicon it seems. 

Method One for overclocking is by using AMD's Ryzen Master Overclocking Tool. This tool is specifically built to allow the end user to tweak the core clock speed via multiplier of base clock speed. One can adjust the voltage, tweak the memory settings, or use one of the four preset profiles for a one stop overclock. If you go this route, you will need to apply your settings and the computer will reboot to load your new settings. Much like with the R7 testing, I found it pretty seamless and easily delivered a 4GHz-ish overclock on the R5 1600X and R5 1500X when manually tuning. Using the presets would set a 40.25 multiplier that these two chips did not like and would crash upon entering a workload. AMD's tool works and is easy to use. The profiles may not fit your chips capabilities, but you can try them out or tune manually. I did like the fact that it had a temperature reading that looked much more realistic than we saw with the last generation FX offerings.

Next in line was the ASUS AISuite Tool, supplied as part of the software package with the ASUS B350 Prime Plus motherboard. I found this tool worked just as well as AMD's tool with better data reporting. AISUite has been a tool that has a long usage history and is easy to use. It's flexible and in most cases does not require a rebot to fully apply the settings. Using this tool, much like I did on the Gigabyte X370 board, I was able to quickly find the limits of the cores pretty quickly. A black screen means the overclock was a failure! No big deal, as this worked quicker for me! Put the cores under load and see if the screen goes dark. No fuss, no muss!

The last method you can use is to manually tune operating parameters in the BIOS. ASUS' UEFI BIOS are the cream of the crop and are granular enough to get that last little bit of performance. After finding that I had the same 4GHz limitations as I did with the X370 and R7 chips, it was easy to tune up the settings to provide a strong stable overclock. Much like I saw with the X370 boards I have looked at, the 100MHz bclock sits below the 100MHz (usually around 99.3MHz) mark, dropping your applied clock speeds lower than you would think. Essentially, you get a clock speed shortfall regardless of the applied multiplier you can use. 

The R5 1600X quit playing nice just below 4.0GHz using up to 1.5v. A speed of 3993MHz with an applied 40x multipler was it. I found I could back off the voltage to an applied 1.425 to keep this speed stable. The Wraith Max kept the thermals in check using this voltage, surprisingly. The R5 1500X was a little more forgiving, much like the R7 1700 was. As a 65W TDP chip, it ran a little cooler and reached 4015MHz using an applied 40.25 multiplier. A voltage of 1.406 was applied with LLC set to extreme to keep the clock speed stable on this chip. Neither chip wanted to play nice higher than an applied 40.25 multiplier on this board. Even so, to reach an all-core clock speed of 4.0GHz on a mainstream board is pretty impressive and speaks to the work done behind the scenes. You can crank it up on the B350 chipset and go grab that extra performance.





Maximum Core Clock Speed:

Each CPU has been tested for stability at the listed overclocked speeds. These clock speeds will represent the level of performance shown by the overclocked scores in the testing.




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