After taking on the high end of the market with the release of its Ryzen 7 processors last month, AMD has today announced the launch of its more modest lineup of Ryzen 5 chips. And though they might be aimed squarely at mid-range PC builds, AMD's Ryzen 5 chips look to pack plenty of performance for the cost.

All told, the Ryzen 5 lineup includes 4 chips ranging from $169 to $249. Here's a look:

Processor Cores Threads Clock speed Price
R5 1400 4 8 3.2GHz
(3.4GHz)
$169
R5 1500X 4 8 3.5GHz
(3.7GHz)
$189
R5 1600 6 12 3.2GHz
(3.6GHz)
$219
R5 1600X 6 12 3.6GHz
(4.0GHz)
$249

While Ryzen 7 is a head-to-head competitor for Intel's Core i7 chips, AMD has the Core i5 range in its sights with Ryen 5. In its own benchmarks, AMD is claiming "up to 87% more performance when comparing the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X to the Intel flagship Core i5 model, the 7600K." That's a bold claim, and we'll have to wait for independent benchmarks to see if AMD's claims hold up. However, if those numbers hold up, Ryzen 5 looks to give Intel a run for its money — especially for gamers.

Ryzen 5 is available now at retailers worldwide, though availability may be limited initially. Hopefully, with two successful CPU launches behind in the rearview mirror, we'll get a look at AMD's plans for its Vega graphics chips soon.

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