For nearly half a decade, Intel has dominated the Desktop CPU market and with no real competition or pressure they've also been very relaxed about innovation. AMD has finally decided to step up and enter the race once again with their Ryzen CPU's.
"We had one goal in mind with Ryzen, we wanted to disrupt the PC market, we wanted to bring innovation, choice and performance to as many people as possible and so this is about high performance computing to more people" - Lisa Su AMD CEO
The CPU's success lies in its Zen Microarchitecture. The Zen architecture is the very core of the AMD Ryzen chip. It is the company's first ever CPU architecture that features simultaneous multithreading. AMD has been teasing their Ryzen CPU's for the last few months but today they have finally revealed more benchmarks, pricing and release dates for their high end CPU's.
The initial benchmarks show AMD Ryzen out performing Intel's. Let's start with the new processors from the top.
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
The fact that AMD is even in the same ballpark as Intel is a huge deal - this promises real competition that gives you better choices, and could force Intel to lower prices.
AMD Ryzen is available to pre-order now and will be available March 3rd.
- AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (8 cores / 16 threads) = $779.95 NZD
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700X (8 cores / 16 threads) = $599.95 NZD
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (8 cores / 16 threads) = $499.95 NZD
The prices might seem high but remember these are all high end CPUs going against Intel's i7 processors.
The current prices for Intel's i7 processors
- Intel i7 6900K (8 cores / 16 threads) = $1699.95 NZD
- Intel i7 6800K (6 cores / 12 threads) = $679.95 NZD
- Intel i7 7700K (4 cores / 8 threads) = $548.95 NZD
AMD is off to a good start, even if you're not a fan of AMD this is good news for Intel users as well as they may be forced to lower their prices and start to push their CPUs for even better performance.
Edited by Outlaw213, 23 February 2017 - 04:30 PM.