The 1600X is AMD’s top Ryzen 5 chip and is often compared to the former flagship of Intel’s i5 series – the 7600K. The 1600X is priced lower than the 7600K making it a less expensive mid-range alternative to the Intel processor. The 1600X has six cores and 12 threads, two more cores and three times as many threads as the 7600K. This means it has an advantage when performing tasks that can make use of more than four cores. In fact, according to UserBenchmark (http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/) the 1600X outperforms the 7600K on multi-core tasks by 81%. It also has a power consumption of 95 watts.
The 1600X operates at a base clock of 3.6 GHz and, like all Ryzen processors, is unlocked, allowing consumers to overclock. If you’re interested in overclocking, you should be able to overclock a 1600X to roughly 4GHz. The 1600X is available at a good price from Amazon.com. Six cores, 12 threads and a competitive price make the 1600X a worthy alternative to the i5-7600K