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Friday, 24 February 2017 10:50

AMD Ryzen from the ashes

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AMD’s new Ryzen 7 x86 processors will, at release, be the world’s highest performing and lowest power requirement processors. Pre-orders are strong.

After four years and more than two million engineering hours of development, Ryzen is ready to connect millions more people to affordable, high-performance personal computing.

The speed claim is not an idle one – public product demonstrations featured Ryzen 7, 1800X (3.6/4GHz, 8-core, 16 thread) out-performing a similarly configured Intel 8-core, 16-thread, Core i7-6900K in Cinebench R15 multi-threaded and Handbrake-based video transcoding, as well as showing comparable 4K gaming performance. AMD has always had a strong gaming pedigree and following.

Dr Lisa Su, president and chief executive of AMD, said, “Four years ago, we began development of our ‘Zen’ processor core with the goal to deliver unprecedented generational performance gains and return choice and innovation to the high-performance computing market.

"On 2 March, enthusiasts and gamers around the world will experience ‘Zen’ in action, as we launch our Ryzen 7 family of processors and reinvigorate the desktop computing market.”

AMD Ryzen 7 line-up

Product Line
 
Model
 
Base Clock (GHz)
 
Boost Clock (GHz)
 
TDP (Watts)
 
Included Cooler
 
A$ price
Ryzen 7 1800X 3.6 4.0 95 N/A $699
Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4 3.8 95 N/A $569
Ryzen 7 1700 3.0 3.7 65 Wraith Spire $469

AMD has new thermal solutions based on the original Wraith coolers. The next evolution includes Wraith Spire and Wraith Stealth, offering reliable, near-silent performance at an incredibly quiet 32 decibels.

The Ryzen processor requires an AM4 motherboard. It is anticipated that 82 new motherboards from ASRock, Asus, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI, all built upon two X370 and B350 support chipsets for AMD Ryzen processors, will be widely available on 2 March.

In Australia, Centrecom, Mwave, PCCG, PLE, Scorptec and Umart are taking pre-orders.


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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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