Originally Posted by DarkRadeon7000
Still no match for the 7700 in gaming
According to TPU the 1500X is 90% of a stock 7700K in games for 55% of the price. There's still an argument for the 7700K is you absolutely have to have the best gaming CPU today, but spending that extra 160 on a higher tier GPU is going to make a bigger difference overall. Like much bigger.
The 1600X is going to have that extra comfort of having the extra threads left over for tomorrow and still be a 100 cheaper for 95% of the average performance.
A slightly less flattering gaming review from TR here, 99th percentiles not looking as good as the 7700K on Ryzen at times. 1600X though almost identical in performance to the 1800X, the games tested here not using those 8/16 threads enough for them to really matter yet.
We're hard at work finishing up our non-gaming testing on this Ryzen 5 duo, but for now, the Ryzen 5 1600X seems like the Ryzen chip to get if you're a gamer. Its high clock speeds and generous thermal envelope let it deliver gaming performance on par with that of the $500 Ryzen 7 1800X, and its six fast cores and 12 threads should let it offer plenty of performance in non-gaming tasks. If the 1600X delivers on its considerable potential in our productivity testing, it might even topple the Core i5-7600K as our Sweet Spot CPU recommendation in our System Guide. Stay tuned.
Well played AMD.