The official embargo on the Ryzen 5 series of CPUs isn't supposed to lift for another week. But that hasn't stopped one YouTuber from (somehow) getting his hands on a Ryzen 5 1400 CPU and publishing his results for the world to see.
The video, courtesy of Santiago Santiago, is a comparison using a HIS Radeon RX 480 and 8GB of Kingston DDR4 2133MHz RAM with three different CPUs: AMD's Ryzen 5 1400, at stock speeds and overclocked to 3.8Ghz; a Pentium G4560; and an i5-7400, a more mainstream-level CPU.
The G4560 isn't really the sort of tech you'd buy unless you were extremely strapped for cash, so it's the comparison between the Ryzen 1400 and the i5-7400 that's most interesting. For the most part, the i5-7400 has a solid lead on the Ryzen 1400 - but not so much on the overclocked model, and it even falls behind in some instances:
Even in some instances, like Fallout 4, the performance is still worth noting. Bethesda and AMD announced a "long-term strategic partnership" at this year's GDC, which at the very least in practical terms means the company will be working with AMD more to optimise their engines and games to run better on AMD hardware. (Another consequence could be that more Bethesda games will utilise the Vulkan API instead of DirectX or OpenGL going forward, but that's purely speculation on my part.)
You can view the full scenes in motion below: skip to 26 seconds if you want to see the settings being entered into BIOS, and 1:10 if you want to start viewing the first benchmarks. For reference, it's worth noting that an i5-7400 will set you back around $230 locally. Pricing for the Ryzen 5 series hasn't been announced in Australia, but I'll let you know as soon as I find out. We've also received a few Ryzen CPUs of our own to test, and I'll have a comparison between the 7 series and 5 series in the next couple of weeks.