Friday, March 24th 2017

AMD's Ryzen 5 Processors Already Out in the Wild

AMD's Ryzen 5 line-up is arguably the most interesting segment on AMD's product stack, purely from a price/performance point of view. And it would seem that some retailers have jumped the gun on the sales embargo for AMD's (apparently only partially upcoming) Ryzen 5 series of processors. Users around the globe (from Philippines to Brazil that we can confirm right now) have been posting pictures of their newly-arrived Ryzen 5 1600 processors. As such, it is only a matter of time until some non-NDA-constrained benchmarks arise. So hang onto your hats for some 6-core, 12-threads at $219 goodness!
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10 Comments on AMD's Ryzen 5 Processors Already Out in the Wild

#1
ironwolf
Does AMD generally not go after distributors/retailers who jump the embargo like this?
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#2
hat
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That R5 1400 looks good to me as long as it can clock to at least 4GHz. The 1600 would come in handy when I do encoding, though.
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#3
evernessince
ironwolf said:
Does AMD generally not go after distributors/retailers who jump the embargo like this?
I can't imagine any company that wouldn't go after distributors/retailers over this. It's a huge launch for AMD and these guys sign an agreement with a likely stiff monetary penalty if they break it. Not to mention being blacklisted from future AMD releases.

My guess is that whoever is doing this are doing it in some way where they thought it can't be traced back to them. I can tell you right now though, I can read the serial number on the top of the processor in the pictures, which means they will be able to track down which distributor and which stores had it.
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Blueberries
hat said:
That R5 1400 looks good to me as long as it can clock to at least 4GHz. The 1600 would come in handy when I do encoding, though.
This is my sentiment, the R5 1400 is a great enough value that so long as it overclocks reasonably it should beat Intel's offerings in Perf/$. I've been waiting for a new productivity king, but I think it's going to be a close call here.
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#6
geon2k2
ironwolf said:
Does AMD generally not go after distributors/retailers who jump the embargo like this?
I don't think they've disclosed anything which was not already known.

If they would show the CPU running at 4Ghz at 1.2 V or a DDR speed of 3 Ghz ... maybe but those picture don't disclose anything, only known information.
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msroadkill612
Well yeah, but it seems credible that performance can be accurately simulated by deactivating a few things in bios on a full ryzen. will be interesting to see how close these simulated benches were to the real thing now its out.
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#8
msroadkill612
Intuitively, since software for a while yet will be unlikely to busy 8 cores, 6 cores seems a good value buy.

You could swap in a 6 core ryzen v3 down the track a bit, and probably have a better cpu than a current ryzen 7.
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Caring1
@msroadkill612 please use multi quote when reply to multiple members, it stops you from creating multiple posts and cluttering up the forum.
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