The previously launched AMD Ryzen 7 series took a bit of a bashing from critics when it came to 1080p gaming but let’s face it you really don’t need 8 cores and 16 threads for gaming.
AMD Ryzen 7 was for the creative, not the gamer. What about AMD Ryzen 5?
For gaming, you do not need more than 4 cores and that is where AMD Ryzen 5 comes in. There are 4-cores, 8-thread variants in the series that offer great bang for the buck as compared to Intel CPUs. AMD Ryzen 5 also has the upper hand when it comes to the number of threads.
This increased number of threads should give you better performance in some cases. Plus you are getting unlocked CPUs which you can overclock when you need more power. People usually do not spend more than $250 on CPUs which makes this serious even more attractive.
If you are on a budget and are looking for a decent CPU that will not only get you through CPU intensive games but will also allow you to do some content creation as well then this is something that is worth looking into.
If you check out the pricing of Intel CPUs with similar configurations then you will notice that they are priced way higher than AMD Ryzen chips. This is where AMD has the advantage and upper hand.
One thing to keep in mind when buying an AMD Ryzen CPU is that AMD has been out of the game so long that games are still better optimized for Intel CPUs. It will take some time for developers to optimize their games for Ryzen as well.
This is something that every new product has to face and this is nothing new. You will have to endure the pain if you wish to support the underdog, which is something that I do not mind.
Let us know what you think about AMD Ryzen 5.