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 piece of 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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Background Details of AMD Ryzen Launch
AMD Zen Processor Challenges Intel’s Fastest Processor
AMD ZEN Processor was showcased at an event in San Francisco, St. Regis Hotel by AMD.
Dr. Lisa Su, CEO of Sunnyvale, California based AMD was quite excited about the performance of the upcoming Zen Architecture based Desktop/Laptop & server AMD processors.
AMD also gave details and previewed the performance of the new Zen Architecture-based processors. They also highlighted the areas where they have worked to improve the performance Vs the last generation of AMD processors and more importantly vs Intel.
The Zen architecture based Summit Ridge processors are due next year and AMD has already started building some hype around the new products which would power Laptops, High-End desktops, and servers.
The biggest leap for AMD is jumping from 32 Nm manufacturing process to a much refined and energy efficient 14nm manufacturing process (Global foundries is manufacturing AMD Chips). Lisa Su called the New Zen architecture a “Breakthrough Performance” something which comes in years and 100’s of AMD engineers have worked hard to make it possible.
“This is one of those once in a lifetime projects” said Lisa Su CEO AMD.
New AMD Processors – AMD would be launching the Summit Ridge Desktop Processor with 8 cores & 16 threads and Naples processor for servers with 32 Cores and 64 threads.
The AMD desktop processor will be available for purchase next year in the first half while the Server processor will go on sale in the second half. The laptop processors will also go on sale in the second half of 2017. This also gives Intel plenty of time to improve on the performance of the current chip.
Current AMD Processors like the AMD FX 8370 come with special Wraith cooler for enhanced cooling (require more cooling) and are made using the older 32 NM process clocked at 4.0 GHz.
The Zen Processor will have a lower TDP (thermal design power) and will not need a specialized cooling solution to keep high temperatures at bay and will have the ability to overclock well.
ZEN Architecture and New Features
Mark Papermaster, Chief technology officer at AMD told that the new Zen Processors have 40% improvement in Instructions per clock which is a big leap in performance made possible by clean design and clever use of secondary memory Cache.
It essentially means the new AMD processor will have 140% output at the same clock speed when compared to the older gen AMD processors.
AMD also said the processors are capable of challenging the highest performing Intel 8 Core Broadwell E processor.
High-Level View AMD Zen Architecture
- Two threads per core
- 8 MB shared L3 cache
- Large, unified L2 cache
- 140% performance for same clock speed
- Improved Energy Efficiency
- Micro-op Cache
- Two AES units for security
- High-efficiency FinFET transistors
- 14 Nm Manufacturing Process
AMD Showcased the Demo for the Summit Ridge processor (Zen) in a gaming PC running the Deus EX: Mankind divided game, and the performance was great and AMD showcased that the processor can run the game in 4K resolution with R9 Fury. AMD also showcased it can best Intel chip (Broadwell-E) out there.
In the below image you can see AMD ZEN has completed the benchmark ahead of Intel Processor, it was just a second faster (you can check this in the below video later).
Intel Skylake and Kabylake and ConnonLake Vs AMD Zen Processors
Intel is already much ahead of AMD as far as processors are concerned and with the next generation of Kaby lake processors which will be based on 14 nm process, it will be finer tuned in performance and efficiency Vs the current Intel Skylake 6700K. Also, Intel is planning for shrinking the manufacturing node further to 10 nm which will happen at the end of 2017 or early 2018 with the new Cannonlake architecture.
Considering the lead Intel has over AMD in terms of micro-architecture design of processors, it is not going to be an easy game for AMD to catch up with Intel as per analysts from Gartner research. As per my own personal experience of last 10 years, this looks promising as far as AMD is concerned but will it beat Intel that will be seen next year when real-world test happens.
New AM4 Socket
The Zen processors will require AM4 socket to run and new motherboards from partners will arrive as the processors get released. They will also support the DDR4 as well as PCI-E Gen 3. It will be an investment if you plan to dispose of your current AMD Gaming PC and want the all-new Zen processor with faster clocked DDR4 Ram.
AMD RX 480 and RX 470 success has been another big positive this year for AMD and forced Nvidia to launch the GTX 1060 earlier than expected, with the rejig of AMD management and Raja Koduri taking care of the graphics card and Virtual reality AMD is making bigger strides under the able leadership of Lisa Su. But they have a long journey to do if they wish to take on both Intel and Nvidia in the coming months.
Can AMD beat Intel in High-End CPU market
This is a long shot for AMD and I would not pass on any early thoughts on this, better let the time decide and it is up to AMD guys how much can they stretch themselves to match or beat the unbeatable Intel. Though things look more positive from AMD’s perspective with both the Graphics card and processor division showing signs of revival. And personally I don’t like monopolies, they are just bad for the end consumers.
Here is a very Informative Video with a lot of Insights – AMD ZEN Processor Unveiling by Dr. Lisa Su.
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