Just a few weeks ago AMD officially announced their Ryzen 7 5800X3D as well as new processers in their mainstream lineup. Today is the day for the new mainstream lineup and while we don’t have any of the Zen 3 based models we do have the Ryzen 5 4500 which has a very budget-friendly MSRP of $129, who would have thought that 6 core 12 thread options would be available at that price. So today I’m going to check out the new CPU and see how it performs.

Product Name: AMD Ryzen 5 4500

Review Sample Provided by: AMD

Written by: Wes Compton

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Specifications

Platform

Desktop

Architecture

Zen 2

# of CPU Cores

6

# of Threads

12

Max. Boost Clock

Up to 4.1GHz

Base Clock

3.6GHz

Total L1 Cache

384KB

Total L2 Cache

3MB

Total L3 Cache

8MB

Default TDP

65W

Processor Technology for CPU Cores

TSMC 7nm FinFET

Unlocked for Overclocking

Yes

CPU Socket

AM4

Socket Count

1P

Thermal Solution (PIB)

AMD Wraith Stealth

Max. Operating Temperature (Tjmax)

95°C

PCI Express® Version

PCIe 3.0

System Memory Type

DDR4

System Memory Specification

Up to 3200MHz

Supported Chipsets

X570

X470

X370

B550

B450

B350

A520

A320

 

What is the Ryzen 5 4500

Before getting into testing, I did want to give the rundown on what the new Ryzen 5 4500 is all about. With today's CPU refresh, AMD has gone through their mainstream lineup and refreshed things. But the naming may get a little confusing. They have introduced new 5000 series CPUs as well as 4000 series CPUs like the 4500. Sticking with the older numbering is confusing, but it does draw a clear line between their Zen 3 and Zen 2 CPUs, and the Ryzen 5 4500 is still based on the Zen 2 architecture. The Ryzen 5 4500 has 6 cores and 12 threads similar to the 4600G but the 4500 doesn’t have integrated graphics. It has the same 64-watt TDP and 11MB cache as well. For its clock speed, it is very close to the 4600G only it is .1 of a GHz lower on both max boost clock speed and base clock speed with it sitting at 3.6 GHz for the base clock and 4.1 GHz for the max boost clock. Being Zen 2 PCIe 3.0 is still the highest that it supports but being an AM4 socketed CPU it does have a long list of supported chipsets from X570 to A320.

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The Ryzen 5 4500 that we had come in didn’t come with the full retail packaging, just the plastic clamshell tray that comes inside of the box. But if you pick up the 4500 it does come with the Wraith Stealth Cooler just like the 4600G.

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