Monday, 06 March 2017 14:11

AMD Ryzen rising further – new models to drive desktop demand

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Strong positive response to AMD’s new Ryzen 7 eight-core processors by the gaming community has brought forward the release of its cost-effective Ryzen 5, six-core and four-core processors.

Ryzen is AMD’s first processor based on the entirely new “Zen” core microarchitecture, bringing class-leading, multi-core performance for PC gamers, creators, and hardware enthusiasts.

In Q2, AMD will launch 6- and 4-core Ryzen 5 processors, followed later this year by Ryzen 3 that is designed to bring more performance to mainstream applications. All Ryzen processors support the new AM4 infrastructure, with motherboard designs available from top ODMs.

Lisa Su, president, and chief executive of AMD, said: “The launch of Ryzen represents AMD at its best, delivering great products and innovation to the high-performance computing market. With Ryzen 7 desktop processors, AMD delivers to PC gamers, prosumers, and enthusiasts both the highest performance and the lowest power, 8-core desktop PC processors, bringing the absolute best PC experience to millions of people.”

Jim Anderson, senior vice-president, and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD, said: “Soon, we will bring to market additional lines of Ryzen processors, scaling from Ryzen 7 in the enthusiast segment, through high-performance users with Ryzen 5, and then mainstream users with Ryzen 3. This CPU portfolio represents disruptive price-to-performance and compelling top-to-bottom features like unlocked CPU multipliers and AMD SenseMI Technology.”

Product Line
 
Model
 
Cores
 
Threads
 
Base Clock (GHz)
 
Boost Clock (GHz)
 
Included Cooler
 
TDP
(Watts)
 
On Sale
Ryzen 7
 
1800X
 
8
 
16
 
3.6
 
4.0
 
N/A
 
95
 
Now
 
Ryzen 7
 
1700X
 
8
 
16
 
3.4
 
3.8
 
N/A
 
95
 
Now
 
Ryzen 7
 
1700
 
8
 
16
 
3.0
 
3.7
 
Wraith Spire
 
65
 
Now
 
Ryzen 5
 
1600X
 
6
 
12
 
3.6
 
4.0
 
Wraith Spire
 
95
 
Q2
 
Ryzen 5
 
1500X
 
4
 
8
 
3.5
 
3.7
 
Wraith Spire
 
65
 
Q2

Multiplier Unlocked

Ryzen 7 CPUs were put through their paces by ASUS overclocking expert Jon “Elmor” Sandstrom, veteran overclocker Petri “SF3D” Korhonen, and the AMD Ryzen OC team managed to push the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU to over 5.35GHz with record-breaking performance in the 8-core CPU category. The liquid nitrogen-cooled Ryzen 7 CPU completed the industry standard Cinebench R15 and R11.5 tests with scores of 2454 and 27.40.

System configuration:

  • AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 8C/16T CPU (or AMD Ryzen preproduction 8C/16T CPU)
  • ASUS Crosshair 6 Hero X370 AM4 motherboard
  • 2x8GB DDR4-3200 memory (running at DDR4-3008 CL11-10-10-22-1T – DDR4-3393.4 CL11-10-10-22-1T depending on benchmark)
  • AMD Radeon RX 480 Graphics Card
  • Liquid Nitrogen CPU cooling, -196C
  • 128GB SSD
  • 1200W Power Supply

The freely available Ryzen Master Software utility gives broad control of CPU settings allowing users to squeeze every drop of performance from their CPU.

PC vendors come on board

In addition to being available to DIY builders and boutique PC vendors, in the coming months, consumers will also be able to purchase Ryzen-based systems from top PC vendors.

“As the eSports and virtual reality markets continue to grow, Dell is committed to offering cutting-edge technology to enable the best gaming and immersive experiences. We are excited to bring AMD’s new high-performance Ryzen processor to select desktop and All-in-One products in the coming months,” said Ray Wah, senior vice-president, Consumer Product Group, Dell.

“Experiences like gaming, eSports, and virtual reality push the performance limits of devices,” said Mike Nash, chief technologist, vice-president of customer experience and portfolio strategy, HP Inc. “We believe there are a set of customers who will benefit from the new AMD technology and HP is excited to offer those customers devices powered by Ryzen.”

"Lenovo is always exploring and creating new solutions to bring our customers innovative PCs that provide the most immersive computing experiences," said Johnson Jia, senior vice-president, Lenovo's PCs, and Smart Device Business Group. "We're excited to take our partnership to the next level with the revolutionary new Ryzen processor."


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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