AMD officially started selling their Ryzen 5 CPUs from yesterday. The new processor lineup includes two hexa-core chips, the Ryzen 5 1600X and the Ryzen 5 1600, and two quad-cores chips, the Ryzen 5 1500X and the Ryzen 5 1400. All these chips are based on the same Zen die used in the Ryzen 7 series, but with cores switched off.
The Ryzen 5 1600X is the flagship chip which has a list price of $249. It competes head-on with Intel’s Core i5-7600K, offering a disruptive value proposition in the mainstream gaming market.
In terms of overclocking, the air-cooled OC ability of the 1600X appears to be limited which means the chip can’t go beyond the 4.1GHz limit. But what clock speeds could it achieve on LN2 cooling, for example?
The pro-overclocker Der8auer has published a new video showcasing an AMD Ryzen 5 1600X pushed to its limits using LN2 cooling techniques. The test system sported the following specs:
- Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero X370 board
- G.Skill Trident Z DDR4 RAM
- Samsung 128GB SSD
- Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
Der8auer ran several popular benchmark programs to see what an LN2 1600X was capable of. He recorded a top stable clock speed of 5.9064GHz with 6C/12T enabled which dethrones the Intel Core i7 5820K from its No. 1 spot.
Other scores achieved by the Ryzen 5 have also become new world records for the 6-core CPU performance. Below are the clock speeds at which the processor achieved its record breaking scores in different benchmark tests.
The Ryzen 5 1600X runs at a base clock of 3.6GHz and boost clock of 4.0GHz. With XFR (extended frequency range) active, the chip can achieve turbo speeds of up to 4.1GHz. It sports a shared 8MB L3 cache and 512Kb L2 cache per core, with TDP rating of 95 watts.