Though it may lack for ultimate performance in gaming scenarios, the 1600X is not without its gifts. Those 12 threads can come to bear on many different kinds of loads to produce the results you need, and faster than the competing Intel solutions. This is, for now, one of the most compelling offers from AMD. For the moment it can be just as fast or faster in some games than their own Ryzen 1800X and can still tackle multiple tasks at once without too much issue. That is, combining he usual Discord, Skype, music player of choice and streaming utility without issue. The Ryzen 5 1600X is being marketed as an inexpensive multi-tasking monster, and it does excel at just that. Having more threads logically allows more applications to be open. Consider that most games only make use of a few threads as it is, leaving the rest happily waiting for something to do.

So is it worth it? The 1600X is a tremendous value and a very good proposition when considering a new PC. If you’re a gamer, then this is great (not the ultimate, but still quite fast). For those that wish to create? This is equally as perfect for the money. The value proposition is magnificent and makes it difficult to ignore, even with the i5-7600K (and i7-7700K) ultimately allowing for a higher peak framerate. The 1600X is highly recommended for the fact that you can do more, and do it very fast. As always, your results may vary.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Review, the new king of mid-range?
A fantastic value that can perform very well considering its price range. The Ryzen 5 1600X is a capable CPU that can multi-task very well and provide multi-threaded muscle to workloads to surpass the competition. It's also very competent with gaming.
What's Right
  • Incredible Price/Performance
  • Wraith Max is very efficient
  • Great compute performance
What's Wrong
  • Not the most bestest gaming processor
  • Temp offset is still very annoying
90%Overall Score
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