I know what you are here for, and you know what you are here for. You are here to see if you should cancel your pre-order or if you should immediately place your order before the Ryzen sells out and AMD raises their prices.
You are here because AMD provided the public with benchmarks that showed its $500 CPU matching Intel's $1000 CPU, and you want to see if we came up with the same results as AMD. I am here to tell you the story of my past seven days with Ryzen. To be clear, no media I knew had Ryzen in their hands before the 21st of February, which is very different from other CPU launches, where we have at least two weeks (sometimes months).
There is only one option when you have very little time and a deadline, you immerse yourself in work and don't pop out until you are done. Lucky for you, my full-time job is to evaluate computer hardware at TweakTown, so I got to know Ryzen pretty well. Ryzen is exciting for many reasons other than the marketing hype. It offers a true 8-core CPU for everyone, not only those with padded pockets. It's very competitive in both multi-threaded and even sometimes IPC related tasks against Intel. It's also the first time in over half a decade that an AMD CPU is competitive in the enthusiast segment.
AMD fans, rejoice. Ryzen is very strong - but there is a lot more to the story. For the past half-decade, if you went to buy a CPU for anything more than web-surfing, you probably looked towards Intel. Since Intel ranks their performance based mainly on price, you were buying a CPU based on how much you had in your bank account rather than what met your needs. It's like if you went to buy a car and there was only one dealership in driving distance (a BMW dealership), so you could only buy based on what you wanted to pay and the level of performance you could afford. Introduce a Mercedes dealership down the road, and now people rank their needs whether it is performance, luxury, or reliability at a certain price.
Ryzen is that addition that makes CPU buying a bit more complicated since now you have to take into consideration what you are using the CPU for, which will determine your optimal core count, frequency, and IPC requirements. In the end, AMD's introduction of Ryzen results in more competition, which in turn results in more value for you, the consumer.
Things are changing, let me show you how.
Three processors were launched today, the Ryzen 7 1700, the 1700X, and the 1800X. The Ryzen 7 1700 has a base clock of 3GHz with a 3.7GHz Boost, the 1700X has a base clock of 3.4GHz with a 3.8GHz Boost, and the 1800X has a 3.6GHz base clock with a 4.0GHz Boost. The 1700X and 1800X both offer XFR and have a TDP of 95W, while the 1700 has a TDP of 65W.
The naming conventions are simple enough, but we do see some hints from the slide of what's to come. We already know about the lower-end Ryzen products, but AMD also hints at a Ryzen 8 in the future. The power suffix also gives away a few hints such as upcoming integrated graphics.
AMD is going after Intel with very aggressive pricing.
The top Ryzen 7 1800X will cost you $500 and is aiming at overtaking the $1000 6900K. The Ryzen 7 1700X costs $400 and is aiming at the 6800K at $440, while the 1700 is aiming at the 7700K at $349.
I am quoting the prices for the Intel CPUs from AMD's charts. Intel's CPU prices can be found lower than those in the chart above.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [The New Microarchitecture]
- Page 3 [The CPU, Platform, and Test Setup]
- Page 4 [Out of the Box Performance: CINEBENCH, wPrime, and AIDA64]
- Page 5 [Out of the Box Performance: Handbrake Video Transcoding, ScienceMark, and SuperPI]
- Page 6 [Out of the Box Synthetic Gaming Performance: UNIGINE and 3DMark]
- Page 7 [Out of the Box Gaming Performance: Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, GTA:V, Ashes of Singularity]
- Page 8 [Clock for Clock Performance: CINEBENCH, wPrime, and AIDA64]
- Page 9 [Clock for Clock Performance: Handbrake Video Transcoding, ScienceMark, and SuperPI]
- Page 10 [Clock for Clock Synthetic Gaming Performance: UNIGINE and 3DMark]
- Page 11 [Clock for Clock Gaming Performance: Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, GTA:V, Ashes of Singularity]
- Page 12 [Overclocking and Power Consumption]
- Page 13 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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