The AMD Ryzen 7 is, no doubt, the most anticipated processor to be introduced in 2017. This is the 8-core processor that AMD fans always wanted, but AMD did not quite deliver… until now. That changes with the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor.
Based on current benchmarks, the AMD Ryzen 7 processors give even the latest 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processors a run for their money. And with AMD pricing them so competitively, they will make you wonder – why opt for a quad-core processor when you can have an 8-core processor?
Introducing The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
The AMD Ryzen 7 family has some common features – 8 cores that can handle 16 threads simultaneously, a 4 MB L2 cache and a large 16 MB L3 cache. The 1800X is the top-of-the-line model, with a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz, with a boost clock of 4.0 GHz. Here is a specification comparison of the three AMD Ryzen 7 processors :
|Specifications||AMD Ryzen 7 1800X||AMD Ryzen 7 1700X||AMD Ryzen 7 1700|
|TDP||95 W||95 W||65 W|
|Process Technology||14 nm FinFET||14 nm FinFET||14 nm FinFET|
|Number of Simultaneous Threads||16||16||16|
|L2 Cache Size||4 MB||4 MB||4 MB|
|L3 Cache Size||16 MB||16 MB||16 MB|
|Base Clock Speed||3.6 GHz||3.4 GHz||3.0 GHz|
|Boost Clock Speed||4.0 GHz||3.8 GHz||3.7 GHz|
|Bundled CPU Cooler||None||None||AMD Wraith Spire|
|Launch Price (2017-03-02)||US$ 499||US$ 399||US$ 349|
The AMD Ryzen 7 processors do not just boast 8 cores, they are also the first AMD processors to support SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading). SMT allows each core to handle two simultaneous threads, as if they are two virtual processor cores.
Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
A Closer Look At The Ryzen 7 1800X
Let’s take a closer look at the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor. After all, AMD took the effort to laser-etch the RYZEN logo into the heatspreader! 😀
Benchmarking The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
In this article, we will take a look at the work and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor. We will compare the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X to the Intel Core i7-6700K processor. Here is a table comparing their key specifications.
|AMD Ryzen 7 1800X||Intel Core i7-6700K||Difference|
|Cores / Threads||8 / 16||4 / 8||+ 100%|
|Base Clock||3.6 GHz||4.0 GHz||– 10%|
|Boost Clock||4.0 GHz||4.2 GHz||– 4.8%|
|L2 Cache||4 MB||1 MB||+ 300%|
|L3 Cache||16 MB||8 MB||+ 100%|
|Memory Speed||DDR4-2666||DDR4-2133||+ 25%|
|Current Price||US$ 499||US$ 298||+ 67%|
Now, we will be the first to admit that this is a rather “unfair” comparison because the Core i7-6700K is a quad-core processor that costs only as much as the Ryzen 7 1700. However, this is the fastest Intel processor we have on hand, so let’s just roll with it, and see what we find…