New AMD Ryzen CPU Benchmarks Leak
Over the last few days, more and more details have emerged over the exact specs of the new AMD Ryzen series of CPUs, including some benchmark tests. At first, many were skeptical over these figures, as not only were their provenance uncertain, but they would also indicate that Intel may want to reconsider their relaxed stance versus the Ryzen launch: the specs that were leaked, if true, would indicate that the Kaby Lake CPUs are in for a very hard time in March.
The top-end Ryzen SR7 1800X would be able to produce 3.6GHz, 4.0 GHz when overclocked; coupled with the projected Ryzen SR7 price tag of around $500, this will prove a serious blow to Intel as their current flagship, the Kaby Lake i7-6850K has slightly more power, sure, but also a price tag that is around $120 more. Though Intel will likely counter this by bringing out new CPUs soon, which will likely be even more powerful than what the processor giant is currently offering, while also downgrading the price of their current lineup, AMD’s new products are still very attractive to consumers.
Even more attractive would be the 1700X, which would have 3.4 GHZ or 3.8 GHZ overclocked, for only $390; there is likely no conceivable way in which Intel can beat that price for that kind of power, making it very attractive for DIY-rig builder with a limited budget. The 1700 is interesting for that group as well, as it will only set buyers back $319, but can be overclocked up to 3.7 GHz from a base of just 3.0GHz.
Meanwhile, in some benchmark tests we found on guru3d.com, the Ryzen is beating out everything except the most top-of-the-line Intel chips as it scores 15084 on a CPU Mark test. This is only a tiny fraction behind the i7-6850K, though would put it well below the announced 6900K versions. However, as nobody seems to know exactly where the leaked test results came from, it should be noted that ensuring their veracity is practically impossible until we have the actual processors to take through the motions.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.