AMD Ryzen 8-Core CPU Launches March 2nd For $329


Investors were enthused by the first concrete news of the chip family, with AMD's shares rallying nearly 2%. You'll be able to pick up the new Ryzen 7 series CPU starting March 2nd, next week. Still, it is interesting to see AMD's new line of processors in the same ballpark as Intel's top-end.

In benchmark results that journalists have verified for themselves at an AMD event, the 1800X is about 9 percent faster than the 6900K in multi-threaded workloads and offers nearly identical single-threaded workload performance. Hence, we'll have to wait for reviews to come to actually put the Ryzen to test and check out the compatibility.

For years, AMD has talked about a 40% IPC uplift for its chips compared with Excavator.

As Tech Times has reported, AMD's New Horizon Event just recently concluded. If anything, it might be somewhat conservative. Moving up the processor lineup, the non-X Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors (up to Ryzen 7 1700) will be bundled with a new "Wraith Spire" cooler that sports a circular design with curved aluminum fins and an (approximately) 80mm fan. This model works with a base clocks of 3.6 GHz and boost clocks of 4.0 GHz.

AMD is betting high on the performance to price ratio and therefore has competitively priced the Ryzen chips lesser than Intel's premium Core i7-6900K, at nearly half the price. AMD's chip will also feature a L2 (4MB) and L3 (16MB) cache alongside a TDP of 95W. The Ryzen 7 range of AMD processors consist of eight cores and support simultaneous multi-threading. Keep that figure in mind, it'll be important in a few minutes. It runs at 3.6GHz and will boost to 4GHz. So far the new AMD chips look great, with leaked performance benchmarks on par with Intel processors which cost around twice as much. Piledriver, on average, was roughly 60% as fast as an Intel CPU.

Moving away from gaming tests, the next video has AMD's Ryzen 7 1700X going against the i7-6800K in a "mega-tasking" benchmark. The $329 price tag undercuts the i7-7700K, which sells for $350, by about 20 dollars, but AMD claims it will slightly exceed its performance. All of them seem to have beaten the i7 Quad-core CPU, but marginally so.

AMD'z Ryzen is proving once again that the cheaper option is sometimes still the better one to make.

What we also now know is that the 8C/16T die composes 4.8bn transistors on a 14nm process and is relatively energy efficient - it has no baked-in graphics - at 65W for the Ryzen 7 and 95W for the top duo. Intel still has an advantage in pure single-threaded code in some cases, but the gap isn't very large. At present, only the Ryzen 7 is available, with the less powerful versions coming later.

But stay tuned because we'll have the full performance numbers as soon as we're allowed to talk about what our chip can do.