AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Processor Review

CPU by stefan @ 2017-05-14

Ryzen 5 1400 SKU is the least expensive processor from the series you can get right now, which does come with half of the L3 cache, a base clock of 3.2GHz, an all-core clock of the same 3.2GHz, a 2-core boost of 3.4GHz while the single-core boost does add 50MHz over this frequency. The processor does still feature a 65W TDP, is overclocking unlocked and on retail we can see it shipped along with the Wraith Stealth CPU cooler.

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Product Details, Packaging

AMD does continue the line of affordable CPUs with the Ryzen 5 1400, which does feature the lowest top speeds (XFR) we have seen so far, has two cores disabled per CCX (2 + 2 CCX configuration), but also comes with the smallest L3 cache size (8MB).

This particular SKU does also come with a 65W TDP, 512K L2 cache per core (for a total of 2MB), a base clock of 3.2GHz, an all-core clock of the same 3.2GHz, 3.4GHz 2-core boost but also a 3.45GHz XFR speed (single core boost). Judging by these stock speeds we did also speculate right from the start a lower overclocking potential versus the Ryzen 5 1500X.


In order to monitor the clock speeds at stock, we have used the HWiNFO64; we could spot several 1-core jumps at 3.45GHz that is perfectly in-line with the AMD specifications:




The Ryzen 5 1400 CPU sample has arrived in a very simple packaging; if you are getting this particular processor from retail, you will also get with it a stock cooler, so if you do not intend on overclocking the platform, you do not need to invest in a brand new AM4 cooling system too:




The inner transparent plastic mold the CPU is held secure does have the same shape as we have seen with the other processors from the Ryzen series, but this time the Ryzen 5 sticker was not supplied with it:




A closer look at the Ryzen 5 1600 CPU does reveal a central logo that uses specific fonts. The Ryzen CPUs are using solder between the HSF and the cores, for an optimal heat conduction to the cooling system; the later experiments have proven that delidding does not bring any benefit in this case:





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