AMD Ryzen to the challenge to knock Intel out cold

For a long time now the fight for processor domination has been very one sided.  The blue team mostly coming out on top of the fight.  Finally a new contender for the red team steps into the light. All this thanks due to the launch of AMD’s Ryzen processor line up:

Ryzen Processor image

Ryzen 3

  • 1300X
  • Pro 1300
  • 1200
  • Pro 1200

Ryzen 5

  • 1600X
  • 1600
  • Pro 1600
  • 1500X
  • Pro 1500
  • 1400

Ryzen 7

  • 1800X
  • 1700X
  • Pro 1700X
  • 1700
  • Pro 1700

Threadripper

  • 1950X
  • 1920X

Clock rates for these processor’s range from 3.1Ghz to 3.4Ghz to the 3.6 to 4.0Ghz.  The entry level Ryzen processor’s have 4 cores with 4 threads comparable with Intel’s K range of processor’s.  To the highly anticipated Threadripper with either 12 cores and 24 threads, or 16 cores and 32 threads.

The big news about this that the Ryzen 7 line of processors are already been linked to similar abilities to intel’s i7’s and the 1800X even having comparable results to intel’s i7 5960X for a fraction of the price.  Consequently this could be exciting news for the up and coming Threadripper launch in August.  However no benchmarks have been released for Threadripper at this time. You could draw a conclusion that Threadripper can and will outperform Ryzen 7 by a big margin and potentially be far superior than Intel’s i7 5960X.

Benchmark’s are all well and good, but in real world scenarios some reviews have found the Ryzen processor to struggle with older titles of games and games where CPU cores are not optimised as well as they could be.  Most games, even triple A, are rather be geared towards a single to dual core processor.

In theory though what you have here is a good first alternative to an intel processor.  For those of the normal PC buying audience not have the pocket spending power to buy processors for over £1000 pounds Ryzen could be the key to unlock greater CPU power in the future.

Future is the key here because right now even triple A games are rarely developed with the access to more than several core’s.  If Ryzen can deliver reliable long-term processing power cheaply you will see more games and software being driven towards multicore applications.

The question is, should you rush out to buy one? and the answer, maybe not.  If your PC is not ready for the bone yard yet and you can live with what you have, my advice would be wait a while and see what Intel has to offer.  As a result the price of processors might change in the later part of this year.  Consequently I have already found AMD’s Ryzen 7 for under £400 an already massive saving of £75 already from when it was first launched.

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