AMD has finally launched the much-awaited Ryzen 7 processors at an event yesterday. Dr. Lisa Su looks animated and full of energy while introducing the new Ryzen Processor to the media. It is the largest AMD launch in the last 10 years and more important for the company than anything has been in the last decade.
Moreover, Dr. Lisa Su was happy to share how the new AMD Ryzen performs Vs the Intel Processors with Cinebench running on 2 similar rigs and also playing Sniper Elite 4 on a Dual RX 480. The presentation was full of energy and hope for a brighter future for AMD group.
I can’t miss and compare her attire, blue jeans and a black t-shirt to our favorite presenter of all time – Steve Jobs. The presentation instantly reminded of iPhone launch in 2007 and what it meant for Apple. Ryzen means the same for AMD or even more…
The Ryzen line is supposed to consist of 3 categories:
- R7 – 8 Cores/16 Threads Variant
- R5 – 6 Cores/12 Threads and 4 Cores/ 8 Threads Variant
- R3 – 4 Cores/4 Threads Variant
Ryzen 7 Series
Though, AMD has launched the High-end Ryzen 7 which competes with the Intel Core i7 Broadwell-E and a bit to the Kaby Lake processors. The remaining R5 and the R3 processors will be launched later on. However, no date is specified for the availability of the lower range of processors. Most Indian Gamers would be interested to know about the AMD Ryzen 5 and 3 series pricing and performance. I will update about that as some details emerge.
AMD has Unveiled 3 new processors at the event and they will go on sale on 2nd March globally as well as in India. The pre-orders are already started at some of the premium retailers in Mumbai (i spoke to them yesterday). The delivery will be on 2nd March 2017.
Here is an AMD RYZEN 7 Processor India Launch, Specs & Price.
|RYZEN 7||Cores/ threads||Cache||TDP||Base||Turbo||XFR||Price (US – India)|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1800X*||8/16||20 MB||95W||3.6GHz||4.0GHz||4.1 GHz+||$499~₹ 40,599|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700X*||8/16||20 MB||95W||3.4GHz||3.8GHz||3.9 GHz+||$399~₹ 31,299|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700*||8/16||20 MB||65W||3.0GHz||3.7GHz||N/A||$329~₹ 25,999|
Some of the Performance Numbers shared by AMD
The top of the line is the Ryzen 1800X which comes with 95 Watts TDP and a boost clock of 4.0 GHz. AMD has also stated that the processors can boost 0.1 Ghz higher with adequate cooling and XFR profile enabling.
Though there is more room for overclocking for the enthusiasts.Pricing – The AMD Ryzen 7 series price starts at Rs. 25,999 for the Ryzen 7 1700 which comes with one of the lowest TDP of 65 Watts and has a boost clock of 3.7 GHz. While the Ryzen 7, 1700X is priced at Rs. 31,299 in India and it comes with 95 Watts TDP with a Boost clock upto 3.8 GHz.
Dr Lisa Su during her presentation shared that they set out to achieve a 40% boost for IPC (instructions per clock) at the start of development but now they are excited to share that they have been able to achieve 52% and have beaten their goal.
BenchMarks – Some of the benchmarks shown by AMD including the Cinebench R15 nT showcased that the R7 1800X beats the Intel Core i7 6900K (India Price Rs. 84,000) also has 8 Core and 16 thread architecture. The price to performance ratio is really favorable for AMD.
AMD RYZEN 7 Processor India Launch Specs Price – AMD processors have not seen any success in the last 10 years and this is a Mega launch we have ever seen from AMD with over 182 partners to see the AM4 motherboards and Ryzen processors. The launch is the largest sales extravaganza that AMD has ever done in the past.
Though Intel has been ruling the PC Processor market for the last decade and after the Bulldozer series from AMD tanked. Intel has never really had any competition in the market and this is the first time they are facing the heat. Intel may also think of lowering the prices for their processors to compete with AMD, and not to lose much market share. It is a very good news for PC Gamers, Content creators, and enthusiasts. And we are happy too.
Motherboards AM4 for Ryzen 7 Processor
Also, You will need to buy a compatible AMD AM4 motherboard to work with the new Ryzen 7 Series processors and there are several manufacturers (Asus, Gigabyte, AsRock) which are already shipping the motherboards with the 2nd March release of the AMD CPU.
RAM for Ryzen 7 – The processors are capable to run with the DDR4 ram. However, you may have to check the motherboard specs to understand the highest frequency of RAM compatible with the motherboard. AMD most likely would be shipping a stock cooler (at least with low-end Ryzen 1700). Although, Intel has stopped the shipping of stock coolers for last 2 years.
Brief Note for Indian Gamers – Most gamers are content to buy a Core i3 and an Intel Core i5 processor. The Core i5 is available close to 17K and if you pair it with a GTX 1060 or RX 480, you can get a great 1080P gaming experience.
Core i5, Core i7 or Ryzen 7 – The performance upgrade between a Core i5 and a Core i7 is not too much for games that mostly use 1-2 Cores and may not get a boost with multi-core processors like the Ryzen. These are still early days we need to see more benchmarks to understand the comparative performance of Intel Core i5 and Ryzen 7. It will take some more time to conclude if we should recommend it over the Core i5.
Besides, based on the survey, most gamers are waiting for more benchmarks to arrive before they purchase it.
Ryzen Buy or Wait – Poll Results
AMD has already shipped 1 million of the AMD RYZEN processors globally and there will be plenty of reviews coming after the initial embargo of 2nd March ends. We have also reached out to AMD India for some more details, which we will update soon.
If you have missed the AMD Keynote By Dr. Lisa Su here you can check that out.
AMD RYZEN KEYNOTE By DR LISA SU
Co-Author – Pranav Sankar.
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