AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AF upgraded to 12nm Zen+?

Posted on Friday, Dec 27 2019 @ 21:32 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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NotebookCheck reports some of AMD's first-generation Zen processors seem to have received an upgrade. The site writes parts like the Ryzen 5 1600 AF seem to be made on a 12nm process and feature Zen+ based cores. This six-core, twelve-threaded chip is priced at $85 and initial benchmarks indicate it can outperform the stock Ryzen 5 2600 in Cinebench R20.
User /u/vogonpoetry_ on Reddit managed to get a Ryzen 5 1600 AF and has posted some interesting findings. The new Ryzen 5 1600 AF now comes with the Wraith Stealth cooler unlike the Wraith Spire of the original. The OP found that with RAM at 3000 CL15 and the Gammaxx GT cooler, the 1600 AF could sustain the slightly increased boost frequency of 3.7 GHz for longer periods and could post 400 points higher than the original Ryzen 5 1600 in Cinebench R20.

While the stock performance was surprisingly on Ryzen 5 2600 levels, the Ryzen 5 1600 AF did not offer much in terms of overclocking both for the CPU and memory. It could be possible that this CPU is still using Zen's integrated memory controller (IMC) and not that of the Zen+'s.
Definitely interesting findings.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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