AMD fans are dancing in the streets. Why? AMD’s much anticipated Ryzen processor is finally here. Ryzen is the replacement for the long maligned FX series processors. Ryzen features an all new design that promised far great performance and far greater efficiency.
Built on a 14 nm process, Ryzen looks very promising and very modern. Ryzen natively supports DDR4 2666 MHz dual channel memory. There is also support for PCI-E 3.0 driven directly by the processor, eliminating the north bridge. Up to 3-way graphics cards are supported depending on chipset and motherboard. New to AMD is SMT aka Simultaneous Multithreading, which functions similar to Intel’s Hyperthreading.
AMD has revised their naming scheme for their processors with the release of Ryzen. According to the chart, the Ryzen 7 1700X we’re reviewing is an Enthusiast/Prosumer High Performance processor with XFR.
AMD’s XFR uses what they call SenseMI technology’s monitoring capabilities to gauge if the processor is capable of sustaining high clock speeds. For those who have great cooling, the SenseMI will increase the clock speed up to an extra 100MHz. XFR requires an X370 chipset motherboard, a Ryzen X series CPU, and the power profile set to “high performance” in Windows..
There are three Ryzen SKUs released so far. All three and 7 series Enthusiast/Prosumer grade models. The 1700 and 1700X are designed to compete directly against Intel’s Core i7 7700K and Core i7 6800K. The more expensive 1800X is designed to compete with Intel’s Core i7 6850K. They all are 8 cores/16 threads models and are fully unlocked for easy overclocking.
AMD’s take on the Ryzen 7 Processors
Setting the Bar for High Performance and Efficiency
AMD’s high-performance x86 Core “Zen” architecture delivers >52% improvement in instructions-per-clock cycle over the previous generation AMD core, without increasing power.
Maximum Compute Efficiency
The “Zen” core is an all-new “clean sheet” x86 processor design that’s inspiring a new generation of high-performance AMD computing products in 2017 and beyond. “Zen” combines the latest thinking in high-throughput and low-power design methodologies to create a balanced and versatile architecture right at home in the desktop, laptop, datacenter and supercomputer.
Performance and Efficiency for Next-Gen Applications
Cloud computing, enterprise productivity, immersive visual experiences, gaming and data security open up new frontiers – and demand more computing performance with maximum energy efficiency. From the very beginning, AMD engineers designed the new “Zen” core to meet those demands with a high-performance execution engine, large caches, and powerful multi-threading capabilities.