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AMD Introduces Ryzen CPUs

AMD Officially Announces Three Top Ryzen SKUs
By: Steven Bassiri | CPU, APU & Chipsets News | Posted: Feb 22, 2017 2:00 pm

AMD Introduces Ryzen CPUs

 

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Yesterday, AMD's CEO, Lisa Su, welcomed a room full of industry partners, analysts, and press with open arms and a cheerful attitude to officially introduce AMD's top three Ryzen SKUs. I was in attendance, and I will go over their slides and demos that I can share publically today.

 

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For starters, AMD's goal for Ryzen IPC increase was 40%. AMD was happy to report they exceeded their goal, and improved IPC 52% over their previous generation products. That is a huge increase, and we probably won't see an increase like this ever again from either camp. AMD also shared the first die shot of the 8-Core Ryzen CPU.

 

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AMD's "Ryzen 7" lineup will include three CPUs, the 1700, the 1700X, and the 1800X. The presentation started with the 1700X, and it will have a base clock of 3.4GHz, a boost up to 3.8GHz, and a 95-watt TDP. AMD claims that the 1700X offers 4% higher performance than the Intel i7-6900K and 39% higher performance than the i7-6800K.

 

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AMD's top-dog is the Ryzen 7 1800X, with a 3.6GHz base. They also showed us a real-time run of the 1800X versus the Intel 6900K, with the AMD 1800X scoring 1619 while the Intel 6900K scored 1474.

 

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AMD claims equal single threaded CINEBENCH performance between their 1800X and Intel's 6900K, but a 9% increase in multithreaded CINEBENCH. AMD also gave us some details on their Ryzen 7 1700, another 8-core/16-thread CPU that offers a 3GHz base and 3.7GHz boost with a 65W TDP. The Ryzen 7 1700 will be the lowest cost 8-core/16-thread CPU AMD will offer, and it offers 46% better performance in CINEBENCH multithreaded over the 7700K.

 

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Next, AMD showed us a live gaming demo using Sniper 4, a 4K display, and two RX 480s in CrossFireX. The monitor on the left uses a 6900K and the one on the right uses a Ryzen 7 1700X, their FPS are almost identical, but the AMD system did a bit better. They also showed us Handbrake encoding, however this time they pitted a 7700K on the left and a Ryzen 7 1700, with the Ryzen CPU winning.

 

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Perhaps the most exciting thing we learned, is AMD's pricing. Who would have thought AMD would position themselves to basically match Intel's HEDT multi-threaded performance at half the cost. With AMD's top CPU priced right at $500, they are taking a heavy swing against Intel's offerings, and more competition is always better for the market. Oh By the way, you can pre-order Ryzen CPUs today.

 

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