AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AF Review

Mid-range desktop processor released in 2019 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 3.2GHz, max speed at 3.6GHz, and a 65W power rating. Ryzen 5 1600 AF is based on the Pinnacle Ridge 12nm family and part of the Ryzen 5 series.
Price 100%
Speed 68%
Productivity 71%
Gaming 86%
Category Desktop
Target mid-range
Socket Compatibility AM4
Integrated Graphics None
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2019 Model
Price 85 USD
Number of Cores 6 Cores
Number of Threads 12 Threads
Core Frequency 3.2 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.6 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 3.6 GHz
Power Consumption 65 W
Manufacturing Process 12 nm
L3 Cache 16 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 0 GB
Price-Value Score 100 %
Speed Score 68 %
Productivity Score 71 %
Gaming Score 86 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 34.7 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 17.3 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 8.7 %
Overall Score 45/100

The Ryzen 5 1600 AF is one of AMD's mid-range Desktop processors. It was released in 2019 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 3.2GHz, max speed at 3.6GHz, and a 65W power rating. The Ryzen 5 1600 AF is based on the Pinnacle Ridge 12nm family and is part of the Ryzen 5 series.

What this all means is that the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AF is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Ryzen 5 1600 AF.

One of the nice things about the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AF processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AF up for $85 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AF retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 65W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

With Ryzen 5, AMD continues to innovate on its new architecture and 12nm process. Like Ryzen 5, AMD has engineered Ryzen 5 to operate on a AM4 chipset with all the modern amenities of computing. This includes support for DDR4 RAM, the fastest NVMe SSDs and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Now the biggest question is can AMD’s Ryzen 5 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 86% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Ryzen 5 1600 AF proves it has the chops to be your main gaming system and a just as effective media creation platform – two things that are becoming intrinsically connected in this age of live-streaming, eSports and uploading gameplay videos.

The Ryzen 5 1600 AF clocks up to 3.6Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 3.7GHz. However, don’t expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level.

If you’ve been looking for an affordable, powerhouse CPU that both works and parties hard, this is it.

Although the 65W-rated cooler doesn't feature a copper base or the LEDs found on AMD's higher-end thermal solutions, it does handle Ryzen 5's heat output deftly enough to facilitate XFR-triggered frequencies. This gives you an extra 200 MHz. We were even able to overclock the Ryzen 5 1600 AF to 3.8 GHz within a reasonable temperature range. The fan also blows down onto the motherboard, which provide additional cooling around the socket. If you need more bling, AMD recently announced that it now offers the LED-equipped cooler separately.