So what is AMD Ryzen all about?

Submitted by Jason Singh on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 05:25

So what is AMD Ryzen all about?

AMD Ryzen, code name, “Summit Ridge” is built on the 14nm technology. The Ryzen R7 lineup includes the 1800X, 1700X and the 1700. These are all 8 core and 16 thread CPUs with each varying in frequency and price. The 1800X is at the top with the highest clock frequency at 3.6GHz with XFR up to 4GHz. This CPU is followed by the 1700X and1700, respectively.


What changes has Ryzen brought?

  1. Power consumption- Believe it or not but an 8 core and 16 thread CPU rated at 95W TDP is what is considered to be extremely power efficient even by today’s standards and competition from Intel.

  2. AMD's SenseMI feature suite and XFR- AMD’s new technology for boosting CPU cores when temperature thresholds are maintained in order to ensure maximum performance.

  3. New AM4 Platform- Ryzen uses an entirely new platform and socket known as AM4. This brings about a few very significant changes.

  4. DDR4 compatibility- This is by far one of the best-selling points of the Ryzen CPUs. They support DDR4 RAM which is the latest, providing substantial benefits over DDR3 in terms of memory bandwidth. With AMD supporting DDR4 RAM, comparisons with Intel’s lineup of CPUs have become more scientifically comparable. By default, Ryzen supports 2667Mhz Dual-Channel DDR4 RAM and can be overclocked even further to reach speeds of up to 3000Mhz. As no piece of hardware is the same, this is subject to the motherboard and kit of RAM you are using.

  5. M.2 Slot- Most AMD users are going to be extremely happy about this as most AM4 motherboards have an M.2 slot. Previously users were forced to go with Intel, owing to the lack of an M.2 slot on AM3+, supporting the Bulldozer and Vishera lineup of CPUs.

  6. Improved IPC- This is where all the hype for Ryzen has stemmed from. Single-threaded performance matching that of Intel’s previous generation and even latest generation of CPUs. This is definitely subject to changes with changes and variations in clock speeds. However, the margin by which Ryzen has improved over Vishera in terms of IPC is truly noteworthy.

  7. Improved Gaming Performance- Ryzen has been able to keep up with some of the highest end Intel CPUs like the core i7 6900K, i7 6950X, and the i7 7700K. In some cases, Ryzen even takes the lead and definitely stands out when compared to the $1000 Intel chips. In some games we see lower scores as the game isn't optimized for the new Ryzen architecture. AMD is working on a fix.

  8. Stellar Multi-Threaded Performance- If you’ve ever found yourself having to encode or decode while gaming at the same time, you’re bound to love Ryzen. The 16 threads have enough juice to get the done at an amazingly fast speed, leaving its completion in terms of pricing, in the dust.

  9. Overclockable- AMD has never limited overclocking by locking motherboards. In fact, the Ryzen chips can be easily overclocked with many motherboard manufacturers supporting quick overclocking at the press of a button. If you’re old fashioned and prefer overclocking using the bios, you can do that too. From our initial testing, it was very easy to reach 4GHz on the Ryzen 1800X. The difference between 3.6GHz and 4GHz may not seem much in terms of numbers but the difference is felt in real-world performance, especially while running intense multi-threaded workloads and even games which depend heavily on single-threaded performance.

  10. Price-Performance Ratio- The Ryzen 1800X, priced at $499 rivals a $1000 Intel chip. That in itself is a magnificent feat! Ryzen chips are likely to sell like hot-cakes given their price to performance ratio.


We hope that this gives you a further insight into what Ryzen is all about. AMD was kind enough to include us for their Ryzen sampling. So do stay tuned for the full review of the Ryzen 1800X CPU! 

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