Although we have largely exploited the depths of the latest AMD processors, the wallet-friendly Ryzen 5 1400 has just arrived at our doorstep and asks for benchmarking. Without covering the same reason again, this article will be an extension of our original Ryzen 5 test, which dealt with the 1600X and 1500X.
At this point it is fairly well established that the Ryzen 5 1600 (Non-X) offers a value that is practically unchallenged among enthusiastic processors. However, we still have to determine the next best option for those who can't afford to spend $ 220 on AMD's six-core champion.
For $ 170, the Quad-Core 1400 may be the next logical choice after the 1600, though it's not the next Ryzen chip in the price range. The quad-core flagship 1500X is currently set at $ 190. However, if this seems attractive, you should probably talk yourself into the Six-Core 1600 for another $ 30, especially when it comes to games.
A key advantage of the 1500X over the 1400 is that it offers double L3 cache, which makes little difference in game performance. This is especially true given the fact that price-conscious buyers are likely to combine the 1400 with a mid-range graphics card rather than a $ 700 GTX 1080 Ti.
As we said in the past, saving every dollar really helps with lower-priced builds, and while it would be nice to have the full 16MB L3 cache, it is pointless if you don't really see more performance.
If you can't justify $ 220 for 1600, the 1400 appears to be a great alternative solution for gamers who would benefit more from investing the savings in a better GPU. After all, the $ 50 that separates the 1600 and 1400 could mean the difference between owning a GTX 1050 and an RX 570.
For comparison, if you're building an Intel machine on the same budget, you'll get a $ 190 Core i5-7400 or $ 170 Core i3-7350K, with the i5 being the cheaper option of the two and just as fast or works faster than the overclocked 4.8 GHz 7350K.
So we have a fight between quad-core processors under $ 200: in the AMD corner is the Ryzen 5 1400, while the Core i5-7400 has stood up for Intel's side.
To test these chips, we installed the Ryzen 5 1400 on a B350 motherboard with DDR4-2933 memory, while the Core i5-7400 was installed on an Intel B250 board with DDR4-2400 memory.
Both setups cost roughly the same, although the Ryzen CPU has the advantage of overclocking support and can bring all cores to around 3.7 GHz, possibly even 3.8 GHz, even with its small 65-watt Wraith stealth cooler .
Test system specifications and memory
If you check memory bandwidth performance first, the Ryzen 5 processors with DDR4-2933 memory are suitable for 35 GB / s, about 3 GB / s more than the Kaby Lake Core i3-7350K, which was tested with 3200 memory. The 7400 and G4560 were limited to only 24 GB / s with DDR4-2400 memory.