There are rumors spread over the Internet that the buyers of AMD Ryzen 5 1600X CPU which is supposed to be a 6 core CPU with 12 threads, are discovering that they actually bought a CPU with 8 cores and 16 threads active right out of the box, making them effectively price-cut 1800X CPUs. Same goes about buyers of AMD Ryzen 5 1600 processor. The ‘unlocked’ CPUs were manufactured in Malaysia on the 36th week of 2017. It means that these lucky owners bought a fully featured AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor with 16 CPU threads and the highest 8 core-processor clock rates (with base and turbo clocks of 3.6GHz and 4GHz respectively), all on the new Socket AM4 platform.
The current price of AMD Ryzen 5 1600X CPU is $219.99, the price of AMD Ryzen 5 1600 CPU is $209.99 and the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU is being sold for $398.97 , which means AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU costs about $180 – $190 more than Ryzen 5 1600X/1600 CPUs.
Compared to Core i5-8600K, the Ryzen 5 1600X (and Ryzen 7 1800X) CPUs are more powerful and runs cooler. Also, in games, streaming or software applications where having a higher number of cores is a great advantage, it gives noticeable performance improvements.
The happy new owners of Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1600 CPUs obviously couldn’t believe their luck, so they benchmarked their CPUs and found that they performed exactly like Ryzen 7 1800X CPUs! Also, the screenshot shown below is from the Windows Task Manager:
Most likely this is a temporary move by AMD made to meet a temporary spike in demand for its Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1600 CPUs CPUs.
So why not try your luck? If you were thinking of purchasing a new PC or you have a CPU from 2 or 3 generations ago, now it is the best moment to upgrade.