There is an awful lot of hype over the upcoming AMD Ryzen CPUs, and it could be a make it or break it style situation for AMD. A few new major details have been leaked, and while nothing is confirmed things are looking very promising for AMD.
First up is the pricing, we done have a full list but their cheapest 8 core 16 thread CPU clocked at 3.3Ghz and 3.7Ghz is expected to come in at £311.81/€389.95/$316.59. If true, and the performance is as good as expected this could be an amazing CPU that really puts the pressure on Intel.
The top 1800X 8/16 core/thread CPU with 3/6GHZ/4GHz frequency is said to be priced at £480.84/€599.99/$490.29. Now if you consider that the top end 8 core Intel CPU costs £997.49 this could be a serious win for AMD.
Full SKU listings below:
|AMD Ryzen CPU||Core Count||Thread Count||Base Frequency||Boost Clock Speed||Leaked EU Pricing||UK Pricing (in VAT)||US Pricing|
|R5 Pro 1500||6||12||–||—||–||–|
To increase the hype even further some benchmarks have been released. Strangely there are some issues with the hardware set up which will have a negative impact on the AMD performance. The motherboard is a low-end MSI A320 Ryzen motherboard with 2400MHz memory and the CPU is the R7 1700X which should be priced at £375.19. Timings on the ram are pretty poor too with (17-17-17-39 2T) so the AMD system is gimped before starting, but the results still look great.
The Ryzen CPUs also use 10% less die area than their intel equivalent potentially allowing AMD to produce their Ryzen CPUs more cheaply than Intel, which helps back the pricing rumours.
TDP is either 65W or 95W depandant of the model, which puts them well under the TDP of the socket 2011 Intel equivalents at 140W.
Lastly Hardware Battle have leaked the cooler designs for the Ryzen, showing a relatively attractive design with LED lighting. Though most system builders will no doubt be replacing these with higher performing coolers.
AMD should be officially launching at GDC 2017 GDC 2017 which is between 27th of February and 3rd of March. The new CPUs be available to buy in March too and we can’t wait to see some official reviews of them. Hopefully, they will be as good as expected and we can finally see some competitive behaviour from Intel.