AMD's upcoming Ryzen CPUs are going to shake up the entire market, but another exciting aspect is the motherboards that will be released - and while we've already been teased by the GIGABYTE, ASUS and even ASRock - now we're being greeted by the X370 Gaming Pro Carbon from MSI.
MSI's upcoming X370 Gaming Pro Carbon is a slick looking board with distinct PCIe ports for your graphics cards, Mystic Light RGBs, 4 x DDR4 DIMM slots, 2 x M.2 slots, HDMI, DVI, USB 3.0 and USB-C connectivity, it looks like one of the best Ryzen motherboards so far.
The stars are aligning for AMD's upcoming Ryzen CPU family, with the mid-range Ryzen 5 1600X to reportedly come in at a price of just $260 - featuring 6C/12T of CPU performance at 3.3GHz, and 3.7GHz under Boost - also with XFR pushing past 3.7GHz as the cooling scales (the better the cooling tech, like a Corsiar AIO unit - the higher XFR pushes the frequency).
Well, early benchmarks indicate that the Ryzen 5 1600X show that Cinebench R15 performance is very strong, with a score that its edging on Intel's Core i7-6800K, a CPU that costs $170 more at $430. It also offers performance that is only just shy of the Core i7-6850K, a chip that costs $617. This means AMD's new CPU is 138% cheaper, under half the cost - and remember, the motherboard savings will be $100-$150 easily.
The Ryzen 5 processors are the CPUs that will be the most disruptive to Intel, as AMD will be selling chips at under half the cost of the equivalent Intel - so gamers can now have even faster PCs, with a significant saving. This is money now spared up for the graphics card, so when Vega launches in a few months time - gamers will build an all-AMD gaming PC that will kick some serious ass, at what seems like a possibly big savings on the entire system.
I can't contain my excitement for new technology, with our first official tease of Ryzen motherboards from GIGABYTE and ASUS - and now a tease of AMD's rumored Ryzen CPU overclocking software, something called Ryzen Master.
VideoCardz.com is reporting the news from a screenshot they grabbed from NAMEGT, but it's blurred out - but as they report "the software looks awfully similar to Radeno Settings". There are sliders that look like AMD will let you tweak your Ryzen CPU at a core level, overclocking individual CPU cores - which is a freakin' nice touch.
It looks like there are other settings for XFR (Extended Frequency Range) technology, which is something that will automatically adjust CPU frequency depending on the cooling technology you're using. I'm sure we'll find out more about Ryzen Master in the coming days, and the new couple of weeks ramping up to AMD's big launch of Ryzen.
AMD is launching a completely new offensive against Intel in just two weeks time, with a 'confirmed' launch of February 28 for Ryzen - and the cementing of that insanely cheap pricing that we've been hearing about for months.
AMD will reportedly launch Ryzen with an onslaught of SKUs, with the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X and its 8C/16T goodness at up to 4GHz+ with XFR at just $499. This CPU will have the multi-threaded performance of Intel's Core i7-6900K, which costs $1000+ and the gaming performance of a high-end Core i5/i7 CPU.
Belgian online retailer centralpoint.be has listed pricing for the Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X and 1700 - priced at $499, $389, and $319 respectively. The 1700X will feature 8C/16T at up to 3.8GHz for $389, while the Ryzen 7 1700 offers the same 8C/16T with a 65W TDP (95W on the 1800X and 1700X) while the clocks are reduced to 3.7GHz through Turbo, priced at $319.
AMD will own the 16-threaded consumer CPU market within the next 6-12 months, but Intel is still fighting the good fight in the Xeon area with the introduction of the new Broadwell-EX XCC (Extreme Core Count) die that features 24C/48T of CPU processing power.
Intel's new Xeon E7-8894 v4 features 24 CPU cores with 48 threads in total thanks to Hyper-Threading, as well as a huge 60MB of L3 cache, 165W TDP, and default clocks of 2.4GHz and Turbo clocks of 3.4GHz. But it's the massive price that will have you worried: $8898... yeah, that's right - nearly $10K.
But don't worry, if you want to shave off 200Mhz there's the Xeon E7-8890 v4 which has identical specs - except its default frequency is just 2.2GHz (down from 2.4GHz) and Intel sells that for $7147. This represents a 24% increase in price, for a 9% increase in stock frequency - worth it? Yeah, nah.
AMD is mere weeks away from launching its new offensive on the CPU market, with Ryzen leaks coming daily now - and here we are, with the pricing, specs, clocks, and more on AMD's upcoming Ryzen CPUs.
We know that Ryzen will be led by the R7 1800X flagship CPU, with the rumored price of $499 from last year reportedly sticking - the $499 processor will offer a base frequency of 3.6GHz, while it will boost up to 4GHz under Turbo, and 4GHz+ with better cooling.
The new leaks are courtesy of an internal product list from a Chinese retailer, with the R7 1800X priced at a hot-damn-is-it-too-good-to-be-true $499, while the R7 1700X is $110 cheaper at $389 - dropping its overclocking abilities slightly, but the $319 processor in the R7 1700 is going to be a BEAST... 3GHz+ with 3.7GHz offered under Turbo, and the same 8C/16T configuration.
AMD, in my opinion, is going to completely rip apart the CPU market for 16-threaded chips - with the cheapest 16-thread processor costing $319. This is going to be an insane time for high-end/enthusiast customers who haven't been able to cough up the $2000+ required for a HEDT from Intel in the form of the Core i7-6950X and compatible motherboard.
AMD is weeks away from launching its next-gen Ryzen processors, and now we're finally seeing some synthetic benchmarks on the new CPU - and while this is still a qualifications sample, the results shouldn't be too far away from what we will see from the retail CPUs.
In the leaked benchmarks, the R7 1700X is clocked at 3.4GHz with Turbo mode disabled - meaning results should be higher than this when in the hands of gamers and consumers. The Ryzen 7 1700X was tested on an entry-level MSI A320 motherboard, with relaxed memory timings of 17-17-17-39 2T @ 2400MHz.
As you can see from the results, AMD has quite the winner on its hands with the R7 1700X, which should be priced at just $389 - easily beating or tying with Intel's current mainstream champion: the Core i7-7700K.
Intel has just teased its next-gen Core i3/i5/i7-8000 series processors, and we know that AMD will release its new Ryzen CPUs led by the R7 1800X in just a few weeks time.
Now we're seeing some preliminary pricing on the higher-end Ryzen CPUs, with pricing leaked by shopblt.com, the same retailer that has listed AMD's previous CPUs with good accuracy. I've rounded up the prices, which is where we could expect them to fall when they're announced in the next couple of weeks.
- R7 1700: $320
- R7 1700X: $399
- R7 1800X: $499
Remember that all of these processors are 8C/16 threads, which means they'll offer multi-threaded performance close to what Intel provides for $1000+ with its Core i7-6900K, and gaming performance in the range of the Core i7-6700K/7700K processors.
The R7 1700 is going to be a hugely popular CPU if AMD can price it at $320, as the motherboards for Ryzen should be much cheaper than competing boards with Intel's chipset. Now we just need to have the CPUs released, and in our grubby hands!
As I've said in previous articles, Intel is scared of AMD for the first time in a very long time - and now we have even more proof: Intel has already started teasing their next generation Core i7-8000 series processors, led by what I'm sure will turn out to be the Core i7-8700K.
Intel's next shift into the 14nm+ and new architecure will provide a 15% increase over the current generation Core i7-7000 series CPUs, and they should be branded as the Core i3/i5/i7-8000 series, to better fight Ryzen and its flagship R7 1800X processor - and the refreshed Ryzen CPUs that I'm sure we'll see later this year and early 2018.
Intel is planning to launch its new 8000-series processors in the second half of 2017, so we should expect some news about the new CPUs during Computex 2017 in June. Intel is already set to reveal two new CPUs to better fight AMD and its upcoming Ryzen processors, but the news of the Core i7-8000 series is a little surprising... especially this early in the game.
Intel has just announced a massive $7 billion investment to create the "most advanced semiconductor factory in the world" on United States soil.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the new investment alongside U.S. President Donald Trump, and the deal is expected to be a boon for Intel as well as the United States. Intel's new facility will be called Fab 42, and will push Moore's Law even further by making 7nm chips and processors.
Fab 42 will take three to four years to complete and will create more than 3,000 high-wage jobs for engineers and technicians as well as 10,000 long-term jobs in the facility's central location in Chandler, Arizona. Apart from the benefits provided by President Trump's business incentives, Fab 42 was built to "help the U.S. maintain its position as the global leader in the semiconductor industry."