You read our AMD Ryzen Tech Briefing, and saw how it matched and even beat the performance of the Intel Core i7-6900K processor, with lower power consumption! Well, the AMD Ryzen is here, and the first AMD Ryzen family will be known as AMD Ryzen 7.
Originally Posted @ 2017-02-23
Updated @ 2017-05-06 : Added a new “The Balance Of Power Has Shifted” section, and updated other sections of the article.
Introducing The AMD Ryzen 7
It has been a long journey for AMD. As Dr. Lisa Su shared at the 2016 AMD Tech Summit, they spent 4 years and over two million engineering hours on the AMD Zen program. When they started AMD Zen with a clean slate, they set an ambitious goal of achieving 40% more instructions per clock over the previous generation Excavator core.
With AMD Ryzen, they not only achieved that goal, they actually beat it by a significant percentage. Instead of a 40% performance advantage over Excavator, the final AMD Zen silicon delivered more than 52% more instructions per clock.
If you read our AMD Ryzen Tech Briefing, you already know why AMD chose the name Ryzen, and that it is an 8-core, 16 thread processor. But now, the final AMD Ryzen silicon is revealed, together with the first Ryzen family of processors – the AMD Ryzen 7.
The Ryzen 7 1800X Processor
At the 2016 AMD Tech Summit, AMD showed off an AMD Ryzen running at 3.4 GHz without boost, and promised that the final AMD Ryzen CPU would do better than that. They delivered on that with the Ryzen 7 1800X. This top-of-the-line 95W Ryzen CPU boasts a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz, with a boost clock of 4.0 GHz.
In the Cinebench R15 benchmark, the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X actually beat the Intel Core i7-6900K by 9% in the multi-threaded test. This dovetails with the recent AMD Ryzen performance demo. This may not seem like much, but we should point out that the same AMD Ryzen demo showed that the 3.4 GHz Ryzen consumed less power than the Core i7-6900K.
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The Ryzen 7 1700X Processor
Right below the Ryzen 7 1800X is the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X. This is a 95 W processor with a 3.4 GHz base clock, and a 3.8 GHz boost clock. According to AMD’s tests, it is just a tad slower than the Intel Core i7-6900K, and 39% faster than the Intel Core i7-6800K.
The performance pwnage is not surprising since the Intel Core i7-6800K is a quad-core processor, while the Ryzen 7 1700X is an octa-core processor. So what the Ryzen 7 1700X offers you is twice the number of cores and threads with a large boost in performance for slightly less than what you pay for an Intel Core i7-6800K processor.
That is a really enticing value proposition!
The Balance Of Power Has Shifted With The Ryzen 7 1700X New!
AMD compared the performance of the Ryzen 7 1700X to the Intel Core i7-7700K in various PC usage scenarios, including 4K gaming, game streaming, content creation and video encoding. Here were their key findings :
- Compared to the Ryzen 7 1700X, the Core i7-7700K achieved 67% the video encoding performance in Handbrake and 82% the performance in Adobe Premiere CC.
- In simultaneous game streaming via OBS, the Ryzen 7 1700X dropped less than 1% of frames, while the Core i7-7700K dropped 18% of frames.
- Compared to the Ryzen 7 1700X, the Core i7-7700K achieved 65% the performance in POVRay, 69% the performance in Blender, and 63% the performance in Cinebench, for an average content creation performance of 66% relative to the Ryzen 7 1700X.
They even created this radar chart (also known as a spider chart) of their findings.
The Ryzen 7 1700 Processor
If you want even better power efficiency, the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 might be the answer. With a TDP of only 65 W, the Ryzen 7 1700 is an octa-core processor with a base clock of 3.0 GHz, and a boost clock of 3.7 GHz. According to AMD, the Ryzen 7 1700 is 46% faster than the new Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake processor!
Again, the performance pwnage is due to the fact the Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake processor is a quad-core processor, while the Ryzen 7 1700 is an octa-core processor. So you get twice as many cores and threads, with a large boost in performance, for a slightly lower price. Not bad at all.
Okay, that was arguably the understatement of the year, especially since it comes with a free Wraith Spire LED cooler! 😀[adrotate banner=”5″]
One of the worries about the success of the AMD Ryzen is support from motherboard manufacturers. AMD has declared that there will be over 82 motherboard options when the AMD Ryzen 7 series hits the market. We will show you the current AMD motherboards that are already available for pre-order with the AMD Ryzen 7 processors in an upcoming article.
Right now, you can pre-order AMD Ryzen desktops from 19 smaller PC builders and 185 retailers and boutique OEMs. AMD expects another 200 expected to offer similar desktops in Q1, 2017. The major brands though will only start offering AMD Ryzen desktops later in the first half of this year.
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Prices & Availability
The AMD Ryzen 7 CPUs will hit the retail shelves on March 2, 2017. As you saw earlier, the Ryzen 7 1800X will be priced at US$ 499, while the Ryzen 7 1700X will cost US$ 399 and the Ryzen 7 1700 priced at US$ 329. For worldwide pricing, please take a look at our article – The AMD Ryzen 7 Prices & Availability Revealed!
However, you can now pre-order your AMD Ryzen 7 CPU and systems from 185 retailers, online stores and boutique OEMs right now! Here are direct links to the AMD Ryzen 7 CPU and bundles on sale at Amazon :[adrotate banner=”4″]
- AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU (USD 499)
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700X CPU (USD 399)
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700X CPU + ASUS PRIME X370-PRO motherboard (USD 569)
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700X CPU + Corsair Hydro H110i liquid cooler (USD 523)
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU + Wraith Spire LED cooler (USD 329)
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU + Wraith Spire LED cooler + ASUS PRIME X370-PRO motherboard (USD 499)
Other AMD Ryzen Articles
Don’t forget to also read our other AMD Ryzen-related articles :
- The Complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” Tech Briefing
- The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Processor First Look
- The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Processor First Look
- The AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Processor First Look
- The 15 New AMD Ryzen CPU Coolers Revealed
- The 34 New AMD Ryzen Motherboards Revealed
- The AMD Ryzen 7 Performance In 3D Rendering & Video Transcoding
- The AMD Ryzen 7 Gaming Performance Examined
- How To Decode The AMD Ryzen Model Numbers
The Complete AMD Ryzen 7 Presentation Slides
For those of you who want to peruse Dr. Lisa Su’s full presentation slides for the AMD Ryzen 7 processors, here they are :