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AMD has finally presented the first three Ryzen processors, which will be available to buy on March 2. The thing here is that AMD’s Ryzen can finally compete with Intel’s solutions and here is why. All three processors are said to use AMD’s brand-new Zen core. Processors are eight-core, 16-thread parts with a 16MB level 3 cache shared across all cores, unlocked for overclocking.
Here are the official specs:
The top-priority target here is the Ryzen 7 1800X, of course, with a base clock of 3.6GHz and a maximum turbo clock of 4.0GHz. It is worth noting that if you look at Intel Core i7-6900K, AMD has Intel beat on clock speeds with incredible pricing. Ryzen processors cost less than half as much as Intel’s ‘equivalent’ 8-core/16-thread part.
Then comes the Ryzen 7 1700X, an alternative to the i7-6800K, with a core count advantage, a lower price by about $40, clockspeed advantage on the turbo clock – 3.8GHz compared to the 6800K’s 3.6GHz. Ryzen 7 1700 takes the third place, beating Intel’s 4-core/8-thread i7-7700K with a lower price and twice as many cores/threads. AMD also presents a power advantage with the 1700 sporting a 65W TDP.
Ryzen 7 1700X shows a Cinebench score of 1,537 compared to 1,108 on the i7-6800K and 1,474 on the i7-6900K. A $399 part takes on a $1050 part to show an amazing result.
Here comes an interesting part. AMD had a ‘mega-tasking’ demonstration, where specialists combined Blender 3D rendering, HandBrake encoding, and Octane 2.0. It took the 6800K 112.3 seconds compared to 92.0 seconds on the 1700X. It means speed, our fellow artists. Pure speed.
Then Ryzen 7 1700 takes on the i7-7700K, showing dominating results at Cinebench multi-threaded.
Let’s sum things up. For the first time in ten years, AMD shows amazing CPU performance, at least in benchmarks. The new solutions come with great possibilities not only for games, but most importantly for you, our fellow readers. You can render, create scenes and preview things much faster with Ryzen. We still need independent testing, but things are looking good. We’ll keep an eye on independent reviews that will be appearing on March 2.