In this review, we’re looking at AMD’s new Ryzen 5 1600 AF processor, which is a 2nd Gen Ryzen CPU (with 1st Gen naming) to replace the R5 1600.
AMD somewhat silently released a new CPU — the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AF — which is technically a better R5 1600, but with the same name. It’s a 12nm part rather than 14nm, something we confirmed with AMD, and that brings with it benefits for power efficiency, overclocking headroom, and even stock performance (in a significant fashion). In this benchmark, we’re looking at the AMD R5 1600 “AE” (the original) versus the R5 1600 AF, the R5 2600 (which we need to do some refreshed testing on once we’re back from CES, but it hasn’t changed much), and the R5 3600. The R5 1600 AF impressed us, especially at the budget CPU price, and has established itself as one of the best budget CPUs for gaming or light production workloads.