Processor chip manufacturer AMD officially unveiled details of its new line of CPUs on Tuesday at its Tech Day event in San Francisco, CA. AMD has announced a new series of processor called Ryzen, which has been designed and created from the scratch to help the company take back, or at least fight for, the top position in the high-end consumer processor market.
The top-end processors, Ryzen 7 have been touted to defeat Intel in performance by a huge margin, while also being cheaper by nearly 54%.
The Ryzen 7 1700 opens the range with a clock speed of 3GHz that boosts to 3.7GHz while the Ryzen 7 1700X has a base clock speed of 3.4GHz, boosting to 3.8GHz. With graphical APIs like Vulkan and DirectX12 offering support for using every core/thread a CPU has available, the battle between Intel and AMD over who has the highest clock speeds is no longer a simple battle to be fought. If the 1800X can actually hold AMD's 95W TDP at these performance level, it'll offer strong competition against the Core i7-6900K both in raw performance and performance-per-watt. The company is preparing to launch the 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 1800X (around £490), Ryzen 7 1700X (around £390), and Ryzen 7 1700 (around £320) in the very near future.
The third and final part is the Ryzen 7 1700, with a base clock of 3.0GHz and a maximum turbo clock of 3.7GHz.
Ryzen is the initial step in a potential turnaround for AMD.
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After teasing their new Zen processor architecture in December previous year, AMD was clearly gunning to de-throne Intel from the high-performance computing segment.
The last video then, Battlefield 1 running On Ryzen 7 1800X versus a Core i7 6900K. The actual hard launch of Ryzen products will occur on March 2, so one more week until we can unleash the hounds and provide full benchmarks.
Oh, and if you're interested in overclocking, we have good news.
All three Ryzen 7 CPU SKUs are available for pre-order at Newegg.com, with the exception of the Ryzen 7 1800X, which is already marked "out-of-stock". At stock, it runs at 3.6GHz to 4GHz, and sometimes faster due to AMD's Extended Frequency Range (XFR) technology. Today, AMD is releasing detailed product information, pricing, and estimated IPC improvements over Excavator. AMD's AM4 motherboard has also topped the charts for the best-selling motherboard. If in fact you actually can buy a fully-built PC (with memory, storage, a Radeon RX 480 graphics card, and RGB LED lighting) for the same price as an Intel processor with roughly similar performance, the choice isn't hard.