RYZEN has arrived
AMD is going to do a ‘hard launch’ of its first three processors on March 2. They are said to outperform Intel’s high end chips, while undercutting their prices by a massive 54%.
AMD’s Ryzen consists of three classes under it: the premium Ryzen 7, the midrange Ryzen 5, and the cheapest Ryzen 3. The premium chips are going to be rolled out first to the public and they will include: Ryzen 7 1800X costing at $499, the Ryzen 7 1700X at $399 and Ryzen 7 1700 $329. The Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 will be launched later this year, but, AMD didn’t mention the date.
We will now see, what these three chips are made of.
Ryzen 7 1800x
Titled as the top-tier chip of the premium class, the 1800x powers at 95 watts while boasting 8 cores and 16 threads. It runs at 3.6GHz and will boost to 4GHz. When 1800x is compared with the $1089 priced Intel Core i7-6900K, the 1800X recorded an identical single-thread score of 162 on the Cinebench benchmark. But, when all of its cores were turned on, the 1800X outperformed the 6900K by 9 percent, recording a score of 1,601.
Ryzen 7 1700x
The 1700x comprises of a 8-core, 16-thread chip, runs at 3.4GHz and boosts to 3.8GHz. On the multicore Cinebench benchmark, the 1700X scored 1,537, 4 percent faster than the Core i7 6900K chip. AMD said, the 1700x is aimed at gamers and content creators.
Ryzen 7 1700
The Ryzen 1700 powers at 65 watts, runs at 3GHz and boosts to 3.7GHz. It also comprises of 8 cores and 16 threads. It scored 1,410 on the multicore Cinebench test, a massive 46 percent better than the Intel Core i7 7700K. During the Handbrake video-encoding test, the R7 1700 finished in 61.8 seconds, while the 7700K did it in 71.8.
Strategy and purpose behind the launch of Ryzen? I’ll tell you that.
AMD did a research on Intel and figured out that they have been delivering minor improvements every year. AMD had analyzed these improvements from Intel and charted out a plan of delivering the opposite. Reduced price and improved performance is what every person who owns a PC would look forward too. This is the point of leverage, that AMD has taken up against Intel. Ryzen could easily slow down Intel’s business, making the latter give up most of its market shares.
These might be the way Intel would respond
As far as I can see, Intel have three options up their sleeve. The first will be, instant reduction in their prices. If this happens, AMD will have a lot to lose while Intel will have less to gain. This is an option of sacrificing something to gain something else.
The second option could be, pushing single-threaded chips like the Core i3, while adding additional cores to its existing lineup.
The third option will be Intel’s Optane, a high-end storage technology which Intel could use to boost CPU performance and improve the system.
I’m not sure, to which option Intel will resort to. All I can say now is, the anticipation for AMD’s Ryzen is pretty high. This might be one of the fierce competitions Intel has ever faced.
What are your opinions or thoughts on this?