Advanced Micro Device (AMD) will release its AMD Ryzen 5 processors on April 11, with an aim to compete with Intel's Core i5 series.
The computing and graphics group AMD will bolster the market with its four Ryzen 5 models: the Ryzen 5 1400 (4 cores and 8 threads), the 1500X (4 cores and 8 threads at 3.2 GHz base clock), the 1600 (6 cores and 12 threads), and the 1600X (6 cores and 12 threads with 3.6 GHz base clock).
The Ryzen 5 will also support DDR4 random access memory (RAM) chips and will feature the company's Extended Frequency Range (XFR) technology, which will initiate the overclocking of the chips to the maximum. Boost clocks of one of the Ryzen 5 units can reach up to 4.0 GHz.
Jim Anderson, AMD senior vice president and general manager, expressed the intent of the AMD — through the Zen series — to compete with the current computer market.
"Ryzen will ultimately bring innovation and competition to virtually every segment of the PC market, and Ryzen 5 is the next big step on that journey, designed to achieve new levels of compute performance for millions of PC users," Anderson said in an interview with SmarterAnalyst.com.
Earlier this year, the company kicked off the Ryzen series release with the market introduction of the Ryzen 7. It features a 3.7-GHz turbo clock, 8 cores and 16 threads. The most expensive unit of the series only costs $330.
Anderson stated in the same interview, "AMD reinvigorated the high-performance desktop market with Ryzen 7 earlier this month, and AMD Ryzen 5 now brings the power and efficiency of the 'Zen' core to users in the highly popular sub-$300 segment of the market."
AMD plans to release its Ryzen 3 lineup later this year. The model will be expected to compete with the Intel Core i3 series with its price and performance advantage.