4 Cores, 8 Threads
@3.5GHz Zen (2017)

6 Cores, 12 Threads
@3.6GHz Zen (2017)

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 31,548 user samples
10,522 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 85% Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 63% Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 0.55 GHz (avg)
Poor: 63% Great: 85%
SPEED RANK: 71st / 1059
Gaming 76%
Desktop 75%
Workstation 57%
21,026 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 67% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Poor: 67% Great: 96%
SPEED RANK: 37th / 1059
Gaming 86%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 78%
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
75.6 % 86.2 % Slightly faster effective speed.
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
104 Pts 109 Pts +5%
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
372 Pts 416 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
585 Pts 899 Pts Much faster multi-core speed.
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
114 Pts 118 Pts +4%
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
431 Pts 470 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
650 Pts 1011 Pts Much faster OC multi-core speed.
Market Share
Based on 7,963,408 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.35 % 0.82 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
94.7 % 99.3 % +5%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
91 % 101 % Slightly more popular.
Price (score)
$160 Cheaper.
11 Months 11 Months
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
95 Watts
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 6 cores Much higher core count.
CPU Processing Threads
8 threads 12 threads Much higher thread count.
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.5 GHz 3.6 GHz +3%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.7 GHz 4 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
110 Pts 114 Pts +4%
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
119 Pts 123 Pts +3%
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
419 Pts 452 Pts Slightly faster quad-core int speed.
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
451 Pts 489 Pts Slightly faster quad-core fp speed.
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
628 Pts 979 Pts Much faster multi-core int speed.
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
658 Pts 1013 Pts Much faster multi-core fp speed.
CPU Architecture
Zen (2017) Zen (2017)
Motherboard Socket
Integrated Graphics
None None

The quad core and octa threaded Ryzen 1500X is a sub-$200 chip based on AMD's latest Zen architecture. It is released this month as part of the Ryzen 5 launch – a mid-market range specced out to challenge Intel's i5 series and yield considerably better multi-threaded performance at budget prices. Comparing the i5-7600K shows that the 7600K is 20% faster for single and quad core workloads but looses by 20% for multi-core workloads. The Ryzen 5 line-up also includes the 6 core 12 threaded 1600X. By comparison, the 1500X is 24% less expensive, comes with a Wraith Spire cooler and impressively yields very similar single and quad core performance, but multi-core performance lags 50% behind the 1600X. Both chips can be overclocked, but out the box, the base and boost clock speeds are 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz for the 1500X and 3.6GHz and 4.0GHz for the 1600X. The 1500X is a very reasonable CPU for the money, which thanks to AMD's recent IPC improvements, punches far above its weight for multi-threaded performance by Intel's standards. [Apr '17 CPUPro]


The Ryzen 5 1600X is the flagship processor from AMD's latest generation of Ryzen 5 processors which feature the Zen architecture. Following on from last month's release of the Ryzen 7 series, the Ryzen 5 series is positioned as a less expensive mid-performance alternative to Intel's i5 mainstream offerings. Once again, AMD excels in multi-core technology. Like the Ryzen 5 1600, the 1600X features 6 cores and 12 threads, but has roughly 11% higher clock speeds (out of the box) for a 14% premium. Like all Ryzen CPUs the 1600X is unlocked. The 1600X is the only Ryzen 5 CPU with a TDP of 95W, the 1600, 1500X and 1400 all have 50% lower power consumption of 65W. Due to its high thread count, UserBenchmarks show that at stock clocks the 1600X outperforms the i7-7700k on multi-threaded tasks by 23%, but it lags behind by 23% for single and 14% for quad-core performance. The 1600X is priced keenly at $249 so a more appropriate CPU comparison is the i5-7600k where the 1600X wins on stock multi-core by a whopping 81%. The 1600X does represent great value for workstation users that also game but its $30 cheaper sibling, the 1600 (non x version), which includes a cooler and has great overclocking potential out of the box is arguably the the value king in this segment. [Apr '17 CPUPro]


Processor Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 2018 CPU Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures real world performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current prices to yield a value for money rating which is geared towards gamers. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top CPUs. [CPUPro]


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