The Ryzen box has already been widely publicized, but if you wanted a closer shot of what's written on the sticker, here you go.
Packaging is very simple, the CPU and a case badge sit inside a plastic cage. Be careful handling the CPU, it has many pins, and if you haven't dealt with a CPU with pins in a while, do your best not to bend any pins because straightening them is very hard.
The top and bottom of the Ryzen CPU.
AMD's Ryzen CPUs move one step closer to eliminating the motherboard chipset. AMD's CPUs integrate not only PCI-E lanes for the GPU but also some storage and USB. If you don't want to spend a lot of money on an X370 motherboard, the B350 chipset also allows for overclocking. Some people mentioned they didn't see any mini-ITX motherboards for Ryzen, and that is because of X300. The X300 chipset is a tiny chip that has no IO and allows for overclocking, its main purpose is to validate the CPU is authentic and provide some security measures for the system.
We should see some very interesting mini-ITX motherboards for Ryzen CPUs. The one thing that AMD's chipsets have over Intel's is integrated USB 3.1. Now, I won't lie, it can be confusing as to what IO comes from where with the chipsets, AMD tries to explain it in the charts but isn't very clear on everything. So I looked for another source.
The motherboard in this review is the ASUS Crosshair VI Hero, and the block diagram explains exactly what the IO split is. The Ryzen CPUs have x16 PCI-E 3.0 lanes for the PCI-E slots, as well as an x4/SATA connection for M.2 storage. The HD audio/I2C bus is also located in the CPU (on Intel platforms it's in the PCH). We also get four USB 3.0 ports from the CPU as well. The CPU is connected to the Promontory X370 FCH by an x4 PCI-E connection (similar to Intel's x4 DMI). The promontory X370 chipset offers eight PCI-E 2.0 lanes (almost identical to X99, but nothing compared to Z270), that is where you get your LAN (one lane), extra USB 3.1 (two lanes for 10Gbit/s), and WIFI/BT adapter.
The chipset also six USB 3.0 ports, same as the CPU for a total of ten, four more than Intel Z270. The chipset offers eight SATA 6Gb/s ports and a bunch of USB 2.0. It's also where the native USB 3.1 ports come from. It's an interesting choice regarding IO selection, especially with the heavy proliferation of x4 PCI-E 3.0 M.2 drives.
At the Ryzen Tech Day event in San Francisco, I picked up our Ryzen test kit, and this is what I received.
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
- Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair VI Hero
- Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz 8GB x2
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage - Boot Drive: Samsung 950 Pro 256GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage - USB Drive: Corsair Voyager GS 64GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: Corsair Obsidian 900D - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200i - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 - Buy from Amazon
- Monitor: ASUS PA328 ProArt 32" 4K - Buy from Amazon
- Keyboard: Corsair K70 LUX - Buy from Amazon
- Mouse: Corsair M65 PRO RGB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Headset: Corsair VOID RGB Wireless - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
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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]