AMD Ryzen 7 Series Performance Revealed
Now that the AMD Ryzen series of CPUs has finally landed, we can move beyond the speculation of the last few weeks and actually see what these new monster processors can do. The team over at HotHardware got their hands on some of the new 7 series and took these new chips through the paces, with some interesting results.
For one, it seems that the leaked specs from before are mostly correct: the 1800X CPU, the flagship of the AMD Ryzen line, comes in at a base clock speed of 3.6GHz, boostable to 4.0GHz. Then, right below that comes the 1700X at 3.4GHz, which can be overclocked to 3.8GHz. The 1700, which closes off the top end of the series, can hit 3.7GHz when overclocked and 3.0GHz normally, making for some interesting applications for those who like to live dangerously.
The power draw on all three models is reasonable, with the 1700 needing 65W and the two “X” models requiring 95W. All three will have eight cores and 16 threads, making it perfect for use in DIY workstations and other similar devices, though gamers will likely not be complaining much about performance, especially when the price of the Ryzen 7 series is taken into account. The 1800X, for example costs half of its counterpart, the Intel i7-6900K.
Considering what they can do and how much it costs to purchase one, the Ryzen CPU is a clear sign that AMD is back with a vengeance. Though consumer behavior is very difficult to predict, there is very little seemingly standing in the way for these new chips to take the market by storm and pose a serious threat to Intel. Also, if the Ryzen is any indication of AMD’s efforts, the Vega GPU set to launch in a few months will also be a real powerhouse, making a fully AMD-made rig a serious contender.
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.