From a binning perspective they'd throw away halves of perfectly fine R7s if they build their R5s with 1 CCX 4c. Instead they turn their trash into gold. Economically speaking, for them, it's good. Additionally they keep consistency across the whole Ryzen platform, which is also good. Assuming they'll sell of course. Given the price points chances are they will until there will be HT i5s. Of course they could cater to gamers specifically by going 1 CCX 4c but then game developers perhaps would have even less of an incentive to optimize for Ryzen's CCX setup effectively leaving the 1600 and R7s gimped for eternity. Funnily enough this may puts their APUs ahead, for they may come as single CCX parts. Overall, as a customer (who picked up an R7 or 1600(X)) I'd expect my CPU to perform the same on the same frequency as the lower end parts insofar they're of the same generation (or processor family anyway). I understand however, that AMD is again taking a gamble. I think Intel has hit its maximum with the 7700K - so I don't see any >5ghz chips soon. This only leaves scaling to more cores than fequency and brute force. If Ryzen remains unadopted and no one will optimize for it AMD may fall very flat again but it'll also leave us stuck with 7700Ks for another X years.