In the lab: AMD's Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1500X CPUs


— 5:24 PM on March 31, 2017

AMD's Ryzen 5 processors don't launch until April 11, but a large box has made its way to my doorstep with a whole bunch of goodies inside. We can't talk about how Ryzen 5 CPUs perform yet, but we can show you what we'll be using to test them.

It's a box.

There's a pair of CPUs in it. The Ryzen 5 1500X has a Wraith Spire cooler in the box with it, hence the much larger package.

Here's the Wraith Spire in its non-RGB LED form, next to a Haswell or similar-era Intel stock cooler.

AMD also sent along the Wraith Max RGB LED-illuminated cooler. You can't buy this cooler or get it with a CPU in stores, but prebuilt Ryzen systems with fancier CPUs inside will probably come with this heatsink installed.

This is Gigabyte's handsome AB350-Gaming 3 motherboard, our B350 pick for AM4 CPUs from our most recent System Guide.

AMD also sent along a kit of this outrageously-tall GeIL EVO X DDR4-3200 RGB LED-illuminated RAM. Critically, these are DDR4-3200 single-rank DIMMs rated for 16-16-16-36 timings. Ryzen CPUs can't reach those high memory speeds with dual-rank DIMMs right now.

Seriously, look at how big these things are. I'll probably be seeing a lot of them as I test this Ryzen 5 duo. Stay tuned for our full review April 11.

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