If you’re on the lookout for a new PC, chances are that you’ll end up building an Intel based system. The reasons are simple. Upto now, AMD have not offered a cost effective price-to-performance chip for gaming and or video editing. You would probably get an AMD chip inside a budget PC. That might all change soon. Say Hello to AMD Ryzen
Guess who’s back?
After a hiatus of 5 years, AMD is launching a new lineup of desktop CPUs. Called AMD Ryzen, the CPU lineup is based on AMD’s Zen architecture. A key performance improvement in the new lineup is the increase in the number of instructions the chip can handle at once, also known as IPC (Instructions per cycle).
Then new AMD Ryzen lineup will feature 3 models. The AMD Ryzen 7 which is the highest end, the AMD Ryzen 5 which is the middle tier and the AMD Ryzen 3 for the more price-conscious consumer. According to AMD, a AMD Ryzen 7 CPU is able to carry out 52% more work than a similarly-clocked predecessor. This is due to the newer 14 nanometer manufacturing process, a 5x boost to bandwidth and also an overhaul in architectural upgrades. Further, Ryzen is AMD’s answer to Intel’s Hyper threading technology. This is where each core can execute two code paths at the same time.
The new CPUs are expected to launch on the 2nd of March 2017 with the AMD Ryzen 7 taking the lead and the AMD Ryzen 5 and 3 following suit on a later date. Accordingly, AMD Ryzen 7 will have 3 models:
- The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X – a 95W, 8 Core/16Thread Processor clocked at 3.6 GHz base and 4.0 GHz turbo for $499
- The AMD Ryzen 7 1700X – a 95W 8 Core/16Thread Processor clocked at 3.4 GHz base, 3.8 GHz turbo for $399
- The AMD Ryzen 7 1700 – a 65W 8 Core/16Thread Processor clocked at 3.0 GHz base, 3.7 GHz turbo for $329
As stated, both the Ryzen 7 lineup and compatible motherboards will be available on March 2nd, both as pre-built systems and also as individual components.
AMD Ryzen to the Performance
According to benchmark stats released my AMD, the Ryzen 7 1800X at $499 is comparable to an Intel Core i7-6900K which is almost a $1000 processor. The 1700X at $399 comes close to or beats the Core i7 6800K and the Ryzen 7 1700 at $329 supposedly outperforms Intel’s Core i7 7700K in multithreaded chip tests.
In fact, the Ryzen 7 1800X broke the world record for Cinebench 15. Clocked at 5.2GHz under LN2 cooling with a temperature of -200C,the Ryzen 7 1800X scored 2449 Cinebench points beating out the previous world record of 2410. This is not exactly real world testing though and as such, have to be taken with a dash of salt. Real world testing will have to wait till the 2nd of March.
Still, the fact that AMD is going toe-to-toe with Intel is commendable indeed. This actually could bring about a change in the market, both local and international. We may even see a growth in AMD based systems here in Sri Lanka and even force Intel to lower their prices.
if you’re interested in per-ordering a Ryzen chip, you can do so by clicking here. It’s not available for Sri Lanka though, so you might want to get it shipped via a friend if you’re keen on getting one.
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