1Why AMD’s Ryzen CPUs Pose New Challenge to Intel in Desktop Market
The processor market has changed dramatically in recent years. Mobile processor sales have grown enormously while sales of processors for desktops and laptops have slowed as the replacement cycle for PCs has lengthened. Intel has long dominated the market for PC CPUs and sells the vast majority of processors for desktops. But Advanced Micro Devices on March 2 announced its new Ryzen processors that could be the first in a long time from the company to challenge Intel. The Ryzen processors, which provide outstanding performance and energy efficiency, are designed to be as well-suited for business applications as for graphics-intensive entertainment and virtual-reality applications. Although the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 chips will carry hefty price tags, AMD has said it will offer lower-cost models for more modestly priced consumer PCs. Read on to learn more about AMD’s latest Ryzen processors.
2The Processors Are Designed for Desktops
3AMD Introduces the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5
4AMD Reports Record Preorders
Even though AMD just announced the Ryzen processors, excitement over them has already hit a fever pitch, according to the company. In fact, AMD says the Ryzen chips have set new preorder records from 180 global e-retailers and boutique PC makers. The company expects strong sales to continue through 2017.
5Ryzen 7 1800X Is Top of the Line
The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X sits at the very top of the Ryzen food chain. The processor, which is available now, comes with eight cores and has 16 threads, which collectively deliver the best performance AMD has ever offered in a desktop processor. The 1800X has a base clock speed of 3.6GHz that can be boosted to 4.0GHz.
6Ryzen 5 1500X Is Lowest-End Model
7Ryzen Chips Based on Zen Core Architecture
The Ryzen chips come with Zen core architecture. According to AMD, Zen can deliver more than a 52 percent improvement in per-clock-cycle processing power compared with the previous-generation AMD core. The Zen core relies upon AMD’s AM4 Platform, which can work with any Ryzen chip. Collectively, the components promise outstanding performance and low power consumption.
8AMD Introduces Three-Tier Chip Lineup
AMD is offering a three-tiered chip lineup based on power levels and pricing. The AMD Ryzen 7 line is designed for the “enthusiast” segment of people who want the most processing power. The Ryzen 5 is for “high-performance users” such as sophisticated consumers and enterprise users. The Ryzen 3, which is coming later this year, will be designed for the mainstream user who doesn’t need all of the chip’s bells and whistles.
9AMD Is Focusing on Gaming, Virtual Reality
For now, AMD said that it’s focusing its chips on video gaming, virtual reality, video and other resource-intensive tasks. AMD is also betting that the Ryzen line will improve productivity in the workplace. It’s a segment of the market that has received increasing attention of late and promises fast growth as time goes on.
10AMD Partnering With Desktop, All-in-One Vendors
11A Word on Pricing and Availability
As mentioned, AMD is already selling its Ryzen 7 processors and will make the Ryzen 5 available in the coming weeks. Those interested in buying the Ryzen 7 chips can do so now on Amazon and other marketplaces. The highest-end 1800X is available now for $500. The AM4 platform goes for $170 from ASUS. AMD hasn’t yet announced Ryzen 5 pricing.