The creamy center of AMD's Ryzen CPU lineup isn't scheduled to launch until April 11, but that hasn't stopped El Chapuzas Informatico from publishing its review of the Ryzen 5 1600. As a refresher, this CPU has six cores with SMT, runs at a base clock speed of 3.2 GHz, and boosts up to 3.6 GHz. The lack of an 'X' in the name means the chip lacks the highest level of AMD's XFR self-overclocking feature. ECI claims not to have signed any non-disclosure agreement. The review sample appears to be a retail unit purchased from a store that did not respect AMD's sales date restrictions.
ECI ran a number of synthetic benchmarks on its Ryzen 5 1600 in addition to a few games. For the most part, its performance nips at the heels of its big brother R7 1700X, scoring a couple of surprising wins in games using older graphics APIs. The review provides average FPS figures only, though. Readers will likely have to wait until April 11 to see any frametime testing of the new chip. We should note that ECI's figures are early, and firmware support for the 5-series may not yet be up to spec.
Overall, ECI's verdict on Ryzen 5 1600 wasn't far from TR's findings with the Ryzen 7 series. Performance in single-threaded applications can't quite keep up with Intel's best. The biggest wins for the 1600 came against similarly-priced Intel chips in heavily-threaded tests. The lower price point of the Ryzen 5 1600 helps make the deficit in single-threaded performance relative to Intel's Core i7-7700K easier to swallow, too.