After months of, and, Ryzen has finally risen and it's the company's most impressive processor lineup yet. At $499, it's approximately half the MSRP of the Core i7 6900k (also an eight-core processor) and just $100 more than the 1700X.
The biggest x86 launch for AMD in five years is today: Ryzen is here.
AMD beat its goal of 40% IPC improvement with Zen - achieving 52%.
AMD's CEO was keen to point out that this is a from-scratch design for AMD, using the knowledge gained from features developed for previous products but ultimately under the hood it looks like "a typical x86 high-performance core", with AMD-specific features and tweaks. The result is a 4.8 Billion transistor chip fabbed on a 14nm process with over 2000 metres of signal wiring, in addition to the Ryzen logo etched onto its heatspreader. Listed at United States $495.95 for the Ryzen 7 1700X and U.S. $595.95 for the Ryzen 7 1800X, these two listings also show that AMD Ryzen SKUs will be available in several different bundles, like a liquid cooler or a motherboard bundle, in addition, of course, to the standard tray and boxed options. Not only do you get 8-cores and 16-threads as with all other Ryzen 7 chips, it runs pretty quick at a 3.0GHz base clock (3.7GHz boost clock), helping it to puts up a decent Cinebench R15 nT score of 1,410. It comes with a 3.6GHz stock clock speed and boosts up to 4.0GHz. The 1800X is essentially a cherry-picked chip that fits a more desirable voltage-frequency curve and can be expected to overclock higher than its 1700X counterpart.
In the video above Ryzen 7 1800X is being demoed. 20MB of L2+L3 cache is available.
AMD's weakness traditionally, however, hasn't been price but performance. These numbers are using systems chosen and built by AMD and should therefore be interpreted with an element of caution before third party test data is available. However, numerous demos were shown in real time and I had chance to validate and run some of the demo benchmarks myself using systems in AMD's showcase room. Priced at $499, the Ryzen 7 1800X is definitely not cheap - but AMD says it's created to compete with Intel's fancy Core i7-6900K, which retails for $1,049. Perhaps even more crucially, however, that top-of-the-line AMD chip costs half as much as Intel's: $499 for AMD versus $1050 for Intel. AMD reckons results are similar in the also-multi-threaded Handbrake.
The Ryzen 7 1800X is poised to be AMD's fastest central processing unit to date. Neither is the Ryzen 7 a suitable alternative for the midrange Core i5 and budget Core i3-AMD is rumored to be planning more versions of the Ryzen to compete with those models, although the company hasn't announced anything publicly. And in another direct comparison, Dr. Su puts the 8-core Ryzen 7 1700 up against the quad-core Core i7-7700K, converting a 4K 60 FPS video down to 1080P and the Ryzen CPU outpaces the Core i7 but about 10 full seconds. What's more telling is that the Intel chip now costs $1,100, or over twice the price. Lisa Su talks AMD Ryzen 7 1800X benchmarked against Core i7 6900K Processor in CineBench. These points emphasise the suggestion of Ryzen causing disruption in the marketplace. Reviews of the CPUs, as well as when the CPUs will ship to customers, is on March 2. More than 82 AM4-platform motherboards will be available on launch from the likes of ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI (though there was no sign of any mini-ITX motherboards). We can now officially report that the Ryzen 7-series will consist of 8-core / 16 thread parts, from top to bottom. It also has a more modest 3.0GHz base clock speed and 3.7GHz boost speed. But the kicker is, AMD is claiming performance that's significantly better than Intel in some instanced - especially when comparing the 8-core Ryzen 7 1700 to the Core i7-7700K.
Pre-orders start February 22 6PM UK time with the official release date being March 2 (likely to be March 3 delivery date for pre-orders).
The new RGB AMD Wraith cooler will be bundled with Ryzen chips (but not all SKUs and not the highest-end ones).
In another test, AMD wanted to show that Ryzen has more than enough horsepower to keep a high-end graphics configuration fed with data.