We've always heard the term, winning big on the "silicon lottery" which means that you end up with a processor that can be overclocked to higher clocks than most of the same CPUs out in the market. But AMD is out in the market to redefine the meaning of CPU lottery as some users over at Korean forum have found out they have 8 active cores on their Ryzen 5 1600/1600X instead of 6 as stated in the specification.
Users reported that their chip has a total of 8 cores and 16 threads instead what's the official specification of the chip with 6 cores and 12 threads. These specifications of the Ryzen 5 1600/1600X puts them up with AMD's higher tier Ryzen 7 CPUs which comes with 8 core and 16 thread count but at a much cheaper price. The Ryzen 5 1600/1600X is saving them about 80-90$ as compared to the R7 CPUs.
However, it's only the cores and thread counts that are the same. The CPUs are still clocked at 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo) and 3.6GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) for 1600 and 1600x respectively.
These are some screenshots posted by the users claiming to have the 8 core and 16 threads Ryzen 5 CPU. And it is also mentioned by WCCFtech that these users proceeded to do some benchmarks and had almost similar performance as that of the 1800X. However we don't have the actual numbers for that.
I'm pretty sure AMD tests each CPU before they are packed and shipped. So how did these 8 core R5 came to be, is a big question mark. It is possible that AMD is trying to fullfil the high demand of the Ryzen 5 CPU by reflashing the Ryzen 7 CPUs to keep the consumers happy. But we won't know for sure until AMD comes out with an official statement on the issue which is unlikely.
Whatever is the case with these 8 core 16 thread Ryzen 5 1600/1600X CPUs, these users are surely lucky to have 2 more extra clocks at the price of 6.
Image source: WCCFTech