The Ryzen 5 costs a little bit more and the Intel Core i5 is going to outperform it with older applications. But with the latest generation of high demand software –think PC gaming and virtual reality– the Ryzen 5’s additional cores and threads give it a significant performance advantage. Even the budget version of the Ryzen 5 CPU at $169 offers quad-core, eight thread capabilities, compared to a $174 Intel Core i3 with two cores and four threads.
In the press release announcing the launch of its latest chips, AMD claims the Ryzen 5 outperforms that Intel Core i5 competition by a whopping 69% in Cinebench R15 multi-thread testing.
AMD Could Disrupt the PC CPU Market
There’s been a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo thrown around as part of this conversation. What it boils down to is that Intel has moved to a money-saving, longer product life cycle strategy with its CPUs. That means modest improvements between generations and its current mainstream CPUs remain designed to deliver maximum performance with traditional software.
AMD’s Zen architecture offers a significant improvement over its previous generation CPUs with those traditional tasks –although it still can’t best Intel. But through its entire line-up (not just the most expensive chips), AMD is emphasizing multi-core, multi-thread performance.
That gives AMD a considerable edge over Intel with the latest generation of high-demand applications, like virtual reality. Many industry insiders feel AMD could on the verge of disrupting PC gaming. By focusing on the future, not the past, AMD and chips like the new Ryzen 5 have the first real opportunity in years to steal market share from Intel.
As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.