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Geoffrey A.

Geoffrey A.

Joined on 07/20/16

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Decent budget CPU. However...

AMD Ryzen 5 4500 - Ryzen 5 4000 Series 6-Core Socket AM4 65W Desktop Processor - 100-100000644BOX
AMD Ryzen 5 4500 - Ryzen 5 4000 Series 6-Core Socket AM4 65W Desktop Processor - 100-100000644BOX

Pros: -$100 (on sale) -AM4 -6 core/12 thread -it works -no need to flash BIOS on 5xx series motherboards

Cons: -Horribly Low Cache compared to everything else in the AM4 family -pcie lane when using a riser card will run at x8/x8 -out performed by r5 1600

Overall Review: TLDR at the bottom! i have this chip on an A520 ASrock ITX board to use as a small entry level "intro to Linux" PC (Running Manjaro 5.19.1-3) paired with an old RX480 4gb i had laying around. With Linux being able to run smoothly on a potato, high end hardware wasnt a priority. i have the PC built into a Fractal Design Node 202 and it runs great as a media consumption/web browsing PC as it is very snappy and the lower cache isn't noticeable. the issue arises when i try to play any sort of modern title, at first i thought maybe it was because of either my Linux distro, kernel, or just the fact that im attempting to game on Linux. if i had just read a bit more into the motherboard specs, it references that when using a "Matisse" cpu and a riser card, it will extend to x8/x8 instead of the normal x16. to be honest if this chip came out last year during the GPU crisis at this price point it might have been received better, as it performs very similar to the older (and still very good) R5 1600. I ordered an r5 5600x to swap into the build so hopefully not only will that fix my GPU problem, but it would be a massive increase in performance. ~~~~~~ TLDR -- i like the chip, but its difficult to recommend as it performs similar to r5 1600 (which maybe you can find cheaper) if you're building a budget gaming PC that DOESNT REQUIRE A RISER CARD for your GPU id say this would be a decent option. However, i would strongly advise to aim for the r5 5600. Otherwise i feel its best use case scenario would be if youre helping a family member with a dinosaur of a PC come into the modern age with a good low cost pc that is very upgrade-able

STABLE UNDERVOLT/OVERCLOCK SETTINGS

SAPPHIRE Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB HBM2 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card 21275-03-20G
SAPPHIRE Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB HBM2 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card 21275-03-20G

Pros: -well built -great fps -freesync champ for the moment! -fun to calibrate -GPU Tachometer! -$399.99 + $150 in games!!!?!

Cons: -undervolting is a must -must learn Wattman software -power hungry -Loud cooler! -750W power supply recommended

Overall Review: YOUR MILEAGE WILL VARY!! These are the settings mine has been running with no issues. ......................................................... Core. P6: 1632Mhz 1100mV P7: 1682Mhz 1100mV Memory. HBM: 1000mhz 1100mV Fan. Min: 1000rpm Max: 3500rpm Temperature. Power Limit: +50% Case: Fractal Design Define C (two 140mm fan intake) ......................................................... in my testing i saw that the base voltage is what you set the HBM mV too, so even if you set a lower core voltage at P6 or P7 itll still pump 1100mV into the core. To work with this i upped the P6 up to 1632Mhz and P7 to 1682Mhz. Im pretty sure the voltage can go down a bit more but everything is running stable and much cooler than out of the box so im happy. The HBM memory gets very hot with this cooler so i found that going over 1000Mhz on the memory just gets it excessively hot with very little performance gain. With these settings the core clock stays around 1640Mhz in game when fully utilized while hovering around 76c on the core and 81c on the HBM memory. The blower style cooler is well made and gets the job done. to be honest if i didnt sit next to my PC id set it to 4000rpm for better cooling but at 4000rpm i could hear it through my headphones. When the card is not in use its actually VERY QUIET. very much would recommend this card to those that dont mind tinkering with the software to fine tune it to your liking. best of luck!

12/13/2018