What you need to know about Ryzen – AMD’s Attempt to put a bullet in Intel’s head

AMD RyzenOne of the most recent buzzword that has been going around on tech news is Ryzen – the new processor from Advanced Micro Devices or AMD that takes a jab at Intel’s high end consumer CPUs. Over the last few years, the computer hardware industry had plateaued. Intel’s new generation of processors were showing less improvements over time whereas AMD was almost going bankrupt. Even though AMD powers the gaming consoles such as Xbox One and PS4, it was an underdog when it came in CPU and GPU

Meet Ryzen

Releasing today, the Ryzen 7 1800X is a CPU with 8 cores, 16 thread and only a 95W TDP that takes the fight to Intel’s 6900K – a $1050 processor. Even though Ryzen 7 1800X is almost matches up to the performance of Intel’s flagship, AMD priced the processor at $500, which is a boon for both Intel and AMD users.

AMD also released two other CPUs, the Ryzen 7 1700X and the Ryzen 7 1700 that are priced at $400 and $330 which offer better performance when compared to Intel processors of the same price. When stacked against the best Kaby Lake processor that Intel has, the i7-7700K, Ryzen 7 1800X is almost twice as better in benchmarks. While doing to, it also heats up lesser than the Intel’s CPU, and sucks lesser power – something that AMD always struggled with.

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A boon for both Intel and AMD users

This is good news, for both Intel and AMD users. Why? Because competition is good. Intel had been really lazy with their innovation in the last few generations and had established a certain monopoly in the enthusiast CPU section. Even a lot of mobile/laptop devices use Intel when the opt for higher performance. AMD has mobile APUs based on the same Zen architecture in the horizon.

This will hit Intel’s monopoly hard. Intel has already been lowering prices on their high performance CPUs. This will also make more enthusiast-grade Intel CPUs available to consumers.  And, AMD is also a viable alternate option now that Ryzen is out.  Also more laptops to use AMD APUs too, later this year.

Source: Gizmodo


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