AMD Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X Performance Review

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POV Ray 3.7

POV Ray is a complex yet simple to use freeware ray tracing program which has the ability to efficiently use multiple CPU cores in order to speed up rendering output. For this test, we use its built-in benchmark feature which renders a high definition scene. The rendering time to completion is logged and then listed below.

WinRAR

WinRAR is one of those free tools that everyone seems to use. Its compression and decompression algorithms are fully multi-core aware which allows for a significant speedup when processing files. In this test we compress a 3GB folder of various files and add a 256-bit encryption key. Once again the number listed is the time to completion.

Honestly, the Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X haven’t moved all that much from their respective positions throughout the benchmarks and nothing has changed here either. The 1600X competes quite well against the i7-7700K in multi threaded applications but it falls woefully behind even the 7600K when clock speeds matter. It also makes the Ryzen 7 1700-series look positively overpriced.

The 1500X meanwhile does quite well but there’s nothing which really stands out about its overall performance. Remember, it isn’t all that much less expensive than its 1600X stablemate.

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