A specific batch of Ryzen 5 1600 has been widely discussed lately that user will have a chance to get a free upgrade to 8-core CPU free of charge. The default CPU performance of this unique Ryzen 5 1600 CPU would be on par with AMD Ryzen 7 1700 according to the discussion over the internet. To confirm whether this news is fake or not, I managed to get this CPU from my local dealer today. Setting up my MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard using this CPU and voila, the CPU-Z tells me the Ryzen 5 1600 has 8 Core 16 Thread. Now let me share the performance difference for this Ryzen 5 1600 to all of you.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 CPU Official Box ↓
Inside the BOX ↓
Ryzen 5 1600 (Batch number UA 1728PGT Made in Malaysia) ↓
Sitting With Its Best Pal MSI B350 Tomahawk ↓
Entering BIOS setup and on top of the screen, it says AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Six-Core Processor, but if you look closely down below, MSI B350 Tomahawk will shows 8 Cores instead of 6 Cores using first bios release version 1.0. ↓
Upon booting to windows operating system, CPU-Z also shows 8C16T with AMD Ryzen 5 1600 and Task Manager could show 16 logical processor. ↓
To summarize why this CPU is extremely budget wise comparing to CPU such as AMD Ryzen 7 1700, although this AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Eight-Core has the same base clock frequency as the rest of the Ryzen 5 1600, it is embedded with the same CPU core number and cache size like Ryzen 7 1700. However, despite the default single-core turbo frequency of AMD Ryzen 5 1600 is not as high as AMD Ryzen 7 1700 but its default all-core turbo frequency would surpass the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 by 0.2GHz. To summarize, since most of the people only care about the all-core performance, we can say that AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Eight-Core is dominating the Ryzen 7 1700 in real life.
Table 1. CPU Spec Comparison ↑
Single-Core Test Result: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 win!
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Eight-Core CPUmark99 score: 563
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPUmark99 score: 598
All-Core Test Result: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Eight-Core win!
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Eight-Core CPU-Z Multi Thread Benchmark: 4237.5
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU-Z Multi Thread Benchmark: 4003.3
Cinebench R15 Test Result: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Eight-Core win!
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Eight-Core: 1502cb
AMD Ryzen 7 1700: 1415cb
wPrime 1024m Test Result: (Lower is better) AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Eight-Core win!
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Eight-Core: 112.876s
AMD Ryzen 7 1700: 118s
3DMark Fire Strike/Physics score Test Result: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Eight-Core win!
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Eight-Core: 18641/17651
AMD Ryzen 7 1700: 18152/16753
Below table clearly shows that AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (Eight) has easily won over AMD Ryzen 7 1700
Table 2. AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (Eight) vs AMD Ryzen 7 1700 on Default Settings ↑
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Eight-Core CPU AIDA64 L1/L2 Cache performance is better than AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Six-Core CPU due to difference between the cache size.
Using DDR4-3200MHz C14 memory and enabling A-XMP, the performance is much better compared to default DDR4-2400MHz.
Overclocking AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Eight-Core to 3.9GHz and set memory to 3200MHz C14 with A-XMP, we achieve 1739cb in Cinebench R15.
In conclusion, AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Eight-Core is an absolute bargain since it is 80USD cheaper than AMD Ryzen 7 1700 but the all-core performance is beyond AMD Ryzen 7 1700. For those who desperately wants to win the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 silicon lottery, this is the batch number “UA 1728PGT” you should be looking for.