AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Latest Leaks Pose A Huge Threat On Intel

By Victor Thomson , Feb 20, 2017 06:59 AM EST

Thanks to a select few benchmarks leaks, we're starting to get a clearer picture of the performance provided by AMD's Ryzen processors. The leaks showing the results of tests performed with the CPU-Z benchmark tool are painting a rather worrying picture for Intel.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X CPU-Z Benchmark Leaked Results

According to Forbes, the leaks are showing that AMD Ryzen 5 1600X is a threat to Intel's processors because is expected to retail at just $259, while Intel's Core i7-6850K retails for a much expensive price tag of $610. The two CPUs work at similar frequencies and also offer similar specifications, with 6 cores and 12 threads each. Intel's chip is having a maximum turbo frequency of 3.8 GHz, while the AMD processor offers a maximum turbo frequency of 3.7 GHz.

The Ryzen 5 1600X not only beats the slightly higher-clocked Intel CPU, but it also runs cooler. Comparing to a TDP of 140W for the Intel Core i7-6850K, AMD's processor has a much lower TDP/power consumption of 95 W. It is worth to mention that raw frequency and IPC are just as important, since not all programs will make use of the extended number of cores and threads offered by both AMD and Intel's 6, 8 and 10-core CPUs.

In fact, a lot will depend on how much Ryzen processor could be overclocked when they arrive. Even if the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X processor can be pushed to just around 4.5 GHz, it would still be a better offering. When it comes to anything remotely multi-threaded, even if clocked slower, AMD's CPU will likely be significantly faster.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Cinebench R15 Benchmark Leaked Results

According to online specialized tech publication Hot Hardware, Reddit forum user VulkanDX12 posted the results of a Cinebench R15 benchmark. The leaked benchmark results are showing a CPU score of 1,136 for an AMD Ryzen processor with 6 cores and 12 threads clocked at 3.3 GHz. According to tech experts, the clock speed and core count match previously leaked details on AMD's Ryzen 5 1600X.

The CPU features a 65 W TPD, according to the part number indication. This is intriguing since AMD's Ryzen 5 1600X is supposed to feature a 95 W TPD. Assuming the benchmark run is real, a possible explanation could be that the benchmark actually involved a Ryzen 5 1600.

For the Ryzen 5 1600, there hasn't been any pricing information leaked yet. However, for the sake of comparison, we could assume it's a $259 Ryzen 5 1600X. The score of 1,136 in the Cinebench R15 benchmark matches up with Intel's Core i7-6800K. This is an Intel 6-core Broadwell-E chip that retails for a price tag between $410 and $450.

This is another leaked benchmark that suggests AMD's Ryzen is going to be a threat to Intel and shake things up in the CPU market. It's already been rumored that Intel is working on new Kaby Lake Core i5 and Core i7 processors to compete with the upcoming Ryzen. However, if these benchmarks prove to be accurate, the Santa Clara chipmaker will need to also rethink its pricing pyramid.

Ryzen is expected to launch in early March, in just a couple of weeks. With the arrival of the Ryzen, the desktop CPU market could swing things in AMD's favor. We can expect that the market for desktop processors will be going through some drastic changes.

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