AMD's Ryzen Launched With Specs That Outperform Intel's i7

AMD's Ryzen Launched With Specs That Outperform Intel's i7

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As AMD is proving once again, desktop processors are an important factor as well and the competition is tough. Worldwide availability of Ryzen-based desktops will commence 2 March, with pre-orders starting on 22 February.

This is the lowest power 8-Core CPU in the world right now at just 65W TDP.

The top-end processors, Ryzen 7 have been touted to defeat Intel in performance by a huge margin, while also being cheaper by nearly 54%.

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X: It is the highest performing Ryzen chip and has a 3.6GHz base clock.

AMD shares rose 2.0% on Wednesday following the news, while Intel's fell 1.2%.

With Ryzen, AMD hopes to reinvigorate a waning PC industry, which has experienced overall annual decline in sales for the past five years.

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AMD claimed its new Ryzen chips not only offers better performance than Intel's top of the line Core i7 chips but also costs less than half as well. During the launch day, AMD Ryzen 7 1800X managed to break the multi-threaded world record. Early third-party video and gaming benchmarks suggest the 1800X should at least be in the same league. It's priced competitively with the newly released four-core Intel Core i7-7700K and, according to AMD, bested the i7 by 46 percent in Cinebench R15 nT, mainly due to the additional cores and threads.

AMD is giving what the people want, and it's none other than Ryzen.

The same thing happens with the two other AMD processors and their Intel counterparts. It's also a 95-watt chip, as is the Ryzen 7 1700X, which gives some headroom for clock speed higher than the Ryzen 7 1700. No, AMD hasn't quite caught Intel in terms of single-thread performance - remember, the Ryzen 7 1800X is running at a 3.6GHz base / 4GHz boost compared with a 3.2GHz base / 3.7GHz boost for the Core i7-6900K. The comparatively low clock speeds of the Ryzen 7 range mean they won't be well suited to gaming workloads, for instance. Based on what we saw at the Ryzen launch event on Tuesday, that future is in good hands.

All three AMD Ryzen 7 processors are available for pre-order worldwide. Today, AMD is releasing detailed product information, pricing, and estimated IPC improvements over Excavator.

Given the high price, you might wonder if the processor will be widely available.

Newegg.com also listed plenty of socket AM4 motherboards from usual suspects like ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and Biostar, with the cheapest one, priced at USA $79.99 coming from MSI, the MSI B350M Gaming Pro.

  • Kyle Warner