Ryzen is here. Content Creators and gamers who seek high performance computing can now get it without breaking the bank. Set of launch on March 2nd, the AMD will launch only a handful of their premium processors that are set to compete with Intel Core i7 processors which will have around 54% lower price tag.
Bringing 8 cores to the Mainstream Market
AMD has been steadfast with their policy – they are building devices and components for the mainstream and not for the enthusiasts. That is one reason for their competitive pricing. This was seen even when they released their RX 480 graphics card. They had half the performance of NVidia’s flagship, but you could get two at a lesser price than that of the competition.
The Ryzen 7, here, is pitted against the top tier Intel processors. Ryzen 5 is the mid range, and Ryzen 3 is the entry level. Ryzen 7 will hit the markets first, which include the Ryzen 7 1800X ($499), the Ryzen 7 1700X ($399) and Ryzen 7 1700 ($329). They are going slow with the number of processors here, but as it seems, the processors are really affordable.
Low power consumption, high performance
The 1800X is a 95-watt, 8 core, 16 thread CPU that runs at 3.6GHz with a 4GHz boost and a 4.1GHz XFR or extended Frequency Range. When AMD’s $499 chip matched up against the eight-core Intel Core i7-6900K—a $1,089 part—the 1800X recorded an identical single-thread score of 162 on the Cinebench benchmark, however, with all the cores, the 1800X scored 9% better than the 6900K. The 1700X is similar to 1800X, but comes with a lower clock speeds of 3.4 to 3.8GHz. The $399 chip is 4% faster than the $1,089 Core i7 6900K chip.
The 1700, with only 65 watts, boasts 8 cores and 16 threads, and has a clock speed of 3GHz to 3.7GHz. On a Cinebench multi-core test, it scores a whopping 46% higher than the $339 i7 7700K.
Source: PC World