AMD has announced a slew of new budget Ryzen motherboards for gamers and content creators this spring. These include the Zen 3-based Ryzen 7 5700X for $299, Ryzen 5 5600 for $199, and the 5500 for $159. These chips will be the lower-clocked versions of the Ryzen 7 5800X, and Ryzen 5 5600X, respectively, packing 6-8 cores. A bunch of Zen 2 SKUs based on recycled Renoir dies have also been announced for the sub-$150 market.
We have the quad-core Ryzen 3 4100 at $99, hex-core Ryzen 5 4500 for $129, and the 4600G with Radeon graphics for $154. It’s important to note that these SKUs will be notably slower than the vanilla Ryzen 3000 parts in gaming due to the reduced L3 cache. Furthermore, along with the Ryzen 5 5500, they’ll be limited to PCIe Gen 3 with as few as 6 lanes. The Ryzen 5 4×00 will feature 11 lanes, the 5500 with 19, the 5600 with 35, and the 5700X with 36.
These are all 65W parts, and the Ryzen 7 5700X is the only one not bundled with a stock cooler. These CPUs will be compatible across all 400 and 500 series boards. The AGESA firmware update enabling the same will land in early April alongside the processors.