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AMD Ryzen Is Here - Introducing The AMD Ryzen 7 CPUs!

The Complete AMD Ryzen 7 Tech Report Rev. 2.0

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.

In this article, we will look at the key specifications, performance and value proposition of the new AMD Ryzen 7 processors – the Ryzen 7 1800X, the Ryzen 7 1700X and the Ryzen 7 1700.

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 new AMD Ryzen 7 family of processors consists of three models – the Ryzen 7 1800X, the Ryzen 7 1700X and the Ryzen 7 1700. Let’s take a closer look at the three AMD Ryzen 7 CPUs.

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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.

But we think the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X‘s main advantage is its value proposition. It now offers the same performance of the Intel Core i7-6900K processor at less than half the price!

Next Page > The Ryzen 7 1700X & 1700 Processors, Market Adoption

 

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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! 😀

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Market Adoption

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.

Next Page > Prices & Availability, Other Ryzen Articles, The Presentation Slides

 

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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 :

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Other AMD Ryzen Articles

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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 :

 

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The Worldwide AMD Ryzen 5 Price & Availability!

Are you excited about the AMD Ryzen 7 processors, but can’t quite afford them? AMD has great news for you – four AMD Ryzen 5 processors are here! They are the Ryzen 5 1600X, the Ryzen 5 1600, the Ryzen 5 1500X and the Ryzen 5 1400. In this article, we will reveal the worldwide Ryzen 5 price list, specifications and availability.

 

The AMD Ryzen 5 CPU Specifications

AMD will be introducing four Ryzen 5 processors initially. They are the Ryzen 5 1600X, the Ryzen 5 1600, the Ryzen 5 1500X and the Ryzen 5 1400. Here are their specifications :

Model Cores Threads Base Clock Boost Clock Included Cooler TDP
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 12 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz NA 95 W
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 6 12 3.2 GHz 3.6 GHz Wraith Spire 65 W
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 4 8 3.5 GHz 3.7 GHz Wraith Spire 65 W
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 4 8 3.2 GHz 3.4 GHz Wraith Stealth 65 W

With the exception of the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X, the other Ryzen 5 processors come with the Wraith Spire or the Wraith Stealth CPU cooler.

 

The Worldwide AMD Ryzen 5 Price List

Here is the worldwide AMD Ryzen 5 price list.

Countries AMD Ryzen 5 1600X AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AMD Ryzen 5 1500X AMD Ryzen 5 1400
United States USD 249 USD 219 USD 189 USD 169
Australia AUD 359 AUD 319 AUD 275 AUD 245
New Zealand NZD 409 NZD 359 NZD 315 NZD 279
India Rs 18,199 Rs 15,799 Rs 13,799 Rs 12,199
Indonesia Rp 3,490,000 Rp 2,990,000 Rp 2,650,000 Rp 2,350,000
Japan ‎¥ 30,800 ‎¥ 27,800 ‎¥ 23,800 ‎¥ 21,000
Korea ₩ TBA ₩ TBA ₩ TBA ₩ TBA
Malaysia RM 1,199 RM 1,039 RM 899 RM 819
Philippines PHP 13,800 PHP 11,995 PHP 10,500 PHP 9,250
Singapore SGD 359 SGD 329 SGD 289 SGD 259
Thailand ฿ 9,490 ฿ 8,190 ฿ 7,190 ฿ 6,290
Vietnam 6,250,000 ₫ 5,500,000 ₫ 4,850,000 ₫ 4,400,000 ₫

 

The AMD Ryzen 5 CPU Availability

All four AMD Ryzen 5 CPU models are available worldwide at etailers from 11 April 2017 onwards. Here are some links :

They will all support the new AM4 motherboard designs being produced by top ODMs. AMD had earlier revealed 34 new AM4 motherboards from ASRock, ASUS, BIOSTAR, Gigabyte and MSI, built upon the AMD X370, B350 and the A320 chipsets.

 

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The Worldwide AMD Ryzen 7 Price & Availability!

Your long wait is over. The AMD Ryzen is here! AMD has formally announced that the first AMD Ryzen family will be known as AMD Ryzen 7. In this article, we will reveal the AMD Ryzen 7 price list, clock speeds and availability.

For starters, there will be three AMD Ryzen 7 processors – the Ryzen 7 1800X, the Ryzen 7 1700X and the Ryzen 7 1700.

The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X is an 8-core, 16-thread processor with a core speed of 3.6 GHz, and a boost speed of 4.0 GHz. It has a TDP of 95 W.

The AMD Ryzen 7 1700X is an 8-core, 16-thread processor with a core speed of 3.4 GHz, and a boost speed of 3.8 GHz. It has a TDP of 95 W.

The AMD Ryzen 7 1700 is an 8-core, 16-thread processor with a core speed of 3.0 GHz, and a boost speed of 3.7 GHz. It has a TDP of 95 W, and comes with a free Wraith Spire LED cooler.

AMD Ryzen 7 retail boxes – without fan (left), with fan (right)

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The Worldwide AMD Ryzen 7 Price List

Here is a selection of the official worldwide AMD Ryzen 7 price list.

Countries AMD Ryzen 7 1800X AMD Ryzen 7 1700X AMD Ryzen 7 1700
United States USD 499 USD 399 USD 329
Australia AUD 699 AUD 569 AUD 469
New Zealand NZD 799 NZD 639 NZD 529
India Rs 37,999 Rs 29,499 Rs 24,499
Indonesia Rp 6,900,000 Rp 5,200,000 Rp 4,400,000
Japan ‎¥ 59,800 ‎¥ 46,800 ‎¥ 38,800
Korea ₩ 639,000 ₩ 499,000 ₩ 419,000
Malaysia RM 2,599 RM 1,899 RM 1,599
Philippines PHP 27,000 PHP 21,000 PHP 17,500
Singapore SGD 818 SGD 599 SGD 499
Thailand ฿ 18,900 ฿ 14,900 ฿ 12,900
Vietnam 15,000,000 ₫ 10,300,000 ₫ 8,500,000 ₫

 

The AMD Ryzen 7 Availability

The AMD Ryzen 7 CPUs will hit the retail shelves on March 2, 2017.

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 :

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We will add more as they are made available, so please keep checking back! 😀

Also, be sure to check out our other AMD Ryzen articles :

 

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The Complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” Tech Briefing

The AMD Tech Summit held in Sonoma, California from Dec 7-9, 2016 was not only very exclusive, it was highly secretive. The second major announcement we have been allowed to reveal is the new AMD Ryzen desktop CPU, formerly known as Summit Ridge.

Like our Radeon Instinct article, we will not only share what AMD revealed during the AMD Tech Summit at Sonoma, we will bring it to you in our videos. It will be as if you were there with us! Enjoy! 🙂

 

The AMD Ryzen Tech Briefing Summarised

For those who just want the quick low-down on the AMD Ryzen desktop processor, here are the key takeaway points :

  • The AMD Zen “Summit Ridge” processor is officially branded as the AMD Ryzen processor.
  • The first AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will officially launch in Q1, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based server processor, codenamed Naples, will launch in Q2, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based notebook APU, codenamed Raven Ridge, will launch in H2, 2017.
  • The top Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processor SKU will have a 3.4 GHz base clock, or better. Its boost clock was not revealed.
  • The Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will have 8 cores and process 16 threads simultaneously.
  • The Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will have a 4 MB L2 cache and a 16 MB L3 cache.
  • The Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will feature the AMD Infinity Fabric network-centric interconnect technology.
  • The AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will feature the AMD SenseMI sensing and adaptive technologies like :
    • Pure Power, which uses real-time sensors to support a closed-loop control through Infinity Fabric.
    • Precision Boost, which allows for fine-grained frequency control in 25 MHz increments.
    • Extended Frequency Range (XFR), that is fully automated and permits frequencies above the Precision Boost limits.
    • Neural Net Prediction, which anticipates future decisions, preloads instructions and chooses the best processing path.
    • Smart Prefetch algorithms have been greatly improved.
  • Preliminary benchmarks of the AMD Ryzen (3.4 GHz, no boost) showed that it was slightly faster than the Intel Core i7-6900K (3.2 GHz base, 3.7 GHz boost).
  • At idle, the total power consumption of the 3.4 GHz Ryzen system was about 13.5 W (12.67%) less than a Core i7-6900K system.
  • At full load, the total power consumption of the 3.4 GHz Ryzen system was about 3.8 W (1.98%) less than a Core i7-6900K system.

In the subsequent pages, we will give you the full low-down on the AMD Ryzen desktop processor, with the following presentations by AMD :

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We also prepared the complete video and slides of the AMD Ryzen tech briefing for your perusal :

Next Page > AMD Summit Ridge Tech Update, Performance, Infinity Fabric & SenseMI

 

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The AMD Summit Ridge Technology Update

Jim Anderson, SVP and GM of the AMD Computing and Graphics division, kicked off the session with an update on the AMD Summit Ridge desktop processor.

The key takeaway points :
  • The first AMD Summit Ridge processors will officially launch in Q1, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based server processor, codenamed Naples, will launch in Q2, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based notebook APU, codenamed Raven Ridge, will launch in H2, 2017.
  • The top AMD Summit Ridge processor SKU will have a 3.4 GHz base clock, or betterIts boost clock was not revealed.
  • The AMD Summit Ridge processors will have a 4 MB L2 cache and a 16 MB L3 cache.

 

The AMD Summit Ridge CPU’s Performance

The AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processor may not be ready for primetime but how does it currently perform? John Taylor, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Marketing at AMD, compared the performance of an AMD Ryzen processor running at 3.4 GHz (without boost) against the Intel Core i7-6900K running at the stock speed of 3.2 GHz (3.7 GHz boost).

The key takeaway point :
  • The AMD Ryzen running at 3.4 GHz is slightly faster than the Intel Core i7-6900K in this Handbrake benchmark.
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The Infinity Fabric & SenseMI Technologies

These technologies built into the AMD Ryzen processors are new revelations by AMD. Mark Papermaster, Senior Vice President & CTO of AMD explains what they are.

The key takeaway points about the AMD SenseMI sensing and adaptive technologies :
  • Pure Power uses real-time sensors to support a closed-loop control through Infinity Fabric.
  • Precision Boost allows for fine-grained frequency control in 25 MHz increments.
  • Extended Frequency Range (XFR) is fully automated and permits frequencies above the Precision Boost limits.
  • Neural Net Prediction anticipates future decisions, preloads instructions and chooses the best processing path.
  • Smart Prefetch algorithms have been greatly improved.

Next Page > Introducing AMD Ryzen, Performance & Power Efficiency, Closing Remarks

 

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Introducing AMD Ryzen

AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su finally revealed that the AMD Zen processor will henceforth be known as the AMD Ryzen processor.

The key takeaway point :
  • The AMD Zen “Summit Ridge” processor is officially branded as the AMD Ryzen processor.

 

AMD Ryzen Performance & Power Efficiency Demo

Dr. Lisa Su then showed off a Blender 3D demonstration of the 3.4 GHz AMD Ryzen’s performance and power efficiency, compared to the Intel Core i7-6900K running at the stock speed of 3.2 GHz (3.7 GHz boost).

The key takeaway points :
  • The AMD Ryzen (3.4 GHz, no boost) was a fraction faster than the Intel Core i7-6900K (3.2 GHz base, 3.7 GHz boost).
  • At idle, the total power consumption of the 3.4 GHz Ryzen system was about 13.5 W (12.67%) less than a Core i7-6900K system.
  • At full load, the total power consumption of the 3.4 GHz Ryzen system was about 3.8 W (1.98%) less than a Core i7-6900K system.
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Closing Remarks On The AMD Ryzen Desktop CPU

In her closing remarks on the AMD Ryzen processor, Dr. Lisa Su also touched on the newly-launched Radeon Instinct, the upcoming AMD Vega GPU and Naples server processor.

The key takeaway points :
  • The AMD Vega GPU will launch in H1 2016 in both Gaming and Compute applications.
  • The first AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will officially launch in Q1, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based server processor, codenamed Naples, will launch in Q2, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based notebook APU, codenamed Raven Ridge, will launch in H2, 2017.

Next Page > The Complete AMD Ryzen Tech Briefing Video & Slides

 

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The Complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” Tech Briefing

This is the complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” tech briefing.

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The Complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” Tech Briefing Slides

Here are the presentation slides from the AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” tech briefing for your perusal.

 

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AMD Zen Sneak Peek @ Hot Chips 2016

If you recall, AMD publicly revealed the first processor to use the AMD Zen microarchitecture on the second day of Computex 2016. Codenamed “Summit Ridge“, the desktop processor will come with eight AMD Zen processor cores that are capable of processing sixteen threads simultaneously.

 

AMD Zen Sneak Peek

AMD today gave us a sneak peek of the AMD Zen processor architecture. AMD Senior Fellow and Design Engineer, Michael Clark, gave a 26-minute long technical briefing on the AMD Zen architecture at the Hot Chips Symposium in Cupertino, California. Here are the key takeaway points :

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  • Zen delivers 40% more instructions per clock than the current Excavator core.
  • Zen is highly scalable and will be used in every future AMD mobile, desktop or server processor.
  • Zen has a better core engine that handles two threads per core, and boasts a large Op Cache, wide micro-op dispatch, as well as larger instruction schedulers, Retire Queue, Load Queue and Store Queue.
  • Zen has a better cache system too, with almost double the L1 and L2 bandwidth, and 5X better L3 bandwidth.
  • Zen is the first AMD microarchitecture to emphasise low power design, using aggressive clock gating with multi-level regions, as well as other microarchitecture tricks to greatly reduce power consumption.

 

AMD Zen Technical Briefing @ Hot Chips 2016

We prepared a video presentation of Clark’s technical briefing at Hot Chips 2016 for your enjoyment. Check it out!

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AMD Zen Sneak Peek Slides : Performance

For those who prefer to go through the slides, here they are for your perusal :

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AMD Zen Design In-Depth

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AMD Zen Sneak Peek : New Instructions

 

AMD Zen Sneak Peek : Summary

 

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AMD “Summit Ridge” Desktop Processor Revealed

On the second day of Computex 2016, AMD publicly revealed the first processor to use their new x86 Zen processor core architecture. Codenamed “Summit Ridge“, the desktop processor will come with eight AMD Zen processor cores that are capable of processing sixteen threads simultaneously.

 

The AMD Zen core architecture has been along awaited, because it is the first fresh design that was not derived from AMD’s existing Bulldozer architecture. Built around the SMT (simultaneous multithreading) microarchitecture, AMD Zen will offer much better core performance at the cost of a larger die. It will also feature a new 14 nm FinFET process technology and use the new AM4 socket.

 

AMD “Summit Ridge” Desktop Processor Revealed

We were present at the Westin Taipei, when Dr. Lisa Su, President and Chief Executive Officer, AMD, officially announced the AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor, before publicly revealing an example. Check it out!

Dr. Lisa did not reveal many details of the new AMD Summit Ridge processor though. Here are the key takeaways from her speech :
  • The new AMD Zen core will deliver 40% more instructions per cycle than the previous-generation Excavator core.
  • The AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor will have 8 core that can process 16 threads simultaneously.
  • The AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor will be built on the new FinFET process technology, and use the new AMD AM4 socket.
  • The AMD Zen core is designed across multiple segments including high-performance desktops, servers, notebooks and embedded solutions.

Although not mentioned, the AMD “Summit Ridge” processor will only support DDR4 memory.

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