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After launching the higher-end Ryzen 7 processors last month, AMD is now scheduled to launch the mid-range 6 and 4 core CPUs on April 11 – the same day it will begin accepting its first orders for the chip. All of the four new Ryzen 5 chips will be priced at less than $250 (PhP12,5k), the same price range of Intel’s Core i5 chips. However, the number of cores and threads that the Ryzen 5 offers pushes into Intel’s Core i7 boundaries, potentially offering much more value for the price.

AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs pricing. Photo retrieved from AMD

So far, Intel has nothing to do on its own processor prices, which means the selling point of the Ryzen 5 will be “tremendously more computational power” than the Core i5, according to Kevin Lensing, corporate vice president and general manager of the Client Business Unit at AMD. Specifically, AMD is taking aim at Intel’s $242 Core i5-7600K, a 3.8GHz, 4-core/4-thread chip, with its slightly pricier Ryzen 5 1600X, which offers three times the thread count. (Intel’s cheapest 6-core chip, the Core i7-5820K, is $389.)

Why it matters: To measure how successful AMD will be with Ryzen, look to the Ryzen 5. As AMD has noted previously, the company expects to sell twice as many of these low-cost chips (priced at less than $250) as it does pricier enthusiast chips. For now, Lensing said, AMD can offer a “disruptive price and performance ratio” that Intel can’t match.

> We can definitely say that the selling point of the AMD’s Ryzen CPUs are more computational power than the price of its conpetition. 

Like the Ryzen 7, all Ryzen 5 chips will be multiplier unlocked, meaning you could push the performance higher (overclock). All of the new Ryzen 5 chips use a 65W TDP, except the 1600X, which has a TDP of 95W.

Ryzen Wraith Coolers (photo retrieved from PCWorld)

However, the Wraith coolers AMD will ship with the Ryzen 5 don’t include active LED lighting. WTF?

Some of the new Ryzen chips will also include the new Wraith coolers inside the box. The Ryzen 5 1400 will include the Wraith Stealth, while the Wraith Spire will ship with the Ryzen 5 1600 and 1500X, Lensing said. The Ryzen 5 1600X won’t include a cooler in the box – because you might intend to use an aftermarket cooler for its rated TDP.

Some disappointment: AMD won’t have the LED capabilities on the Wraith coolers it sells with the Ryzen 5 series, Lensing said.

The Ryzen 5 CPUs is the step two in AMD’s hopes to the desktop PC processor market, Lensing said. Because there is still the low-end Ryzen 3 chip, due in the second half of 2017.

No other word for Philippine pricing as of this moment. However, expect that it will be up soon as Philippine stores might have the stocks, and leak them accidentally. 🙂