In light of the Kaby Lake CPU’s coming out and pretty much underwhelming anyone who has followed until for a while and all the leaks including myself. *dumbface*
And The Rise Of AMD
Let’s forward to something people are actually high about the CPU world which is AMD Zen, excuse me, I mean Summit Ridge, oops I mean Ryzen. Hmm … whatever. Okay!!
We’ve got a lot to talk about today especially if you’re a fan of AMD, and even if you’re not, what we’re going to talk about today is going to affect everybody, so you should probably read on.
The information of AMD Ryzen are flooding on the internet, so we’ve got more information now about it. But today is just an informative recap and explanation article all tied into one we’re discussing AMD’s brand new CPU architecture, Ryzen.
Just as a very quick disclaimer, I won’t be discussing anything we haven’t already heard about Ryzen; rather I’ll be analyzing confirmed news articles and give my thoughts on the subject matter.
The articles :
I’m sure most of you have at least heard about Ryzen, previously known as Zen. If you have no clue about it, so it’s basically AMD’s brand new successor to the mediocre Bulldozer lineup, set to release pretty soon like before March, pretty soon.
The only reason I’m even willing to talk about it today because I don’t like to talk about the rumor, but we are at a big crossroads here when it comes to desktop CPUs.
And so I thought this information might be important, especially for people who are on the cusp of buying new hardware that you might want just to hold off for just a second.
If you already bought something especially if you bought an AMD cpu don’t freak out, because still there’s a lot of unanswered questions and those us those are some of the things I want to bring up today.
The Ryzen’s Power
AMD has quoted time and time again that this new architecture boasts at least a 40-percent IPC (Instruction Per Clock) gain over Excavator.
So AMD just did a press conference where they showed some more raw performance of Ryzen versus a Core i7 6900k.
When you go down the list here, the specs are nearly identical to the i7 6900k, of course, which is a Broadwell-E CPU, 1100 dollars CPU, again 1100 dollars CPU. I want to point out that’s what retail is 1100 bucks, so we are seeing AMD here going toe-to-toe with a thousand-dollar cpu from Intel. Actually, it’s more than a thousand dollars depending on where you buy it, but I digress.
Cores And Speed
In terms of confirmed specifications, we know that the flagship 8-core 16-thread processor is on the 14-nanometer node just like the proper 6900k, get 3.4 GHz base clock, 200 MHz up from the 3.2 GHz found on the Intel’s.
It has got an unknown turbo boost, AMD has not divulged any of that information yet. They’re kind of keeping that a little bit secret here they don’t want to tip off their hat too much to Intel, but Intel Core i7 6900k will boost the 3.7 with a max turbo boost.
So we’ve got to see if intuitive AMD is going to even match that I have no reason to believe they wouldn’t. In fact, I’d be surprised if we are seeing numbers here that are deep into the 4Ghz range as we start getting our hands on those and start seeing with the boost to an overclocked too.
They both have 20 megabytes of cache, and they both operate DDR4 memory. Now here’s where things start to differ just a little bit here until uses a quad-channel memory set up on their x99 base cpus which of course the 6900k is.
AMD is only using a dual-channel, now whether or not that’s going to hurt in the long run I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
This is only going to matter to people who are using their CPU’s absolute limit, people who are doing extreme CAD drawing, 3D modeling. Even rendering and doing 4k rendering with quad-channel is not going to be as big of a hit compared to or with dual-channel.
So I don’t see that as being a huge issue, but again that’s something we’ll have to test once we get our hands on it to see what kind of differences there really are. And I don’t think it’s going to be that big of a deal for people who are doing especially things like games, and YouTube, and streaming and stuff like that, of course, the more memory channels, the better.
But to be honest, I’m kind of curious as to why AMD stuck with a dual channel configuration.
TDP ( Thermal Design Power )
AMD is touting 95-watt TDP on their 8-core 16 thread Ryzen CPU. That’s, that’s huge, huge huge huge, really.
Because you guys have always made the jokes: “AMD is known as the space heater in the winter, yeah and you know the temperature of the sun in the summer“. Of course those jokes have always been applicable to the Radeon graphics cards more so than the CPU.
But 95-watt TDP, that is a huge, huge improvement over the 140-watt TDP found on the Core i7 Intel here.
If the core can go farther in terms of speed than we’re seeing with Intel, then we’re going to see a better performance out of AMD at a lesser TDP which is going to force a kind of a movement here in the CPU market which has been very stagnated. But a little note for you guys here, take this with a pinch of salt as you always should with any first-party hosted event.
The Ryzen’s Features
So far we only really know the specs and rough performance estimates of the 8-core flagship from AMD.
But Lisa Su confirmed that there will be a full lineup of Ryzen Cpu’s at launch. Concerned all Ryzen CPUs will have simultaneous multi-threading AMD version of hyper-threading, this mean that 4-core 8-thread and possibly 6-core 12-thread variants will be available in a month or two when Ryzen launches.
Now I’m not here to police your feelings but I think any and all tech enthusiasts specifically PC enthusiasts should be ecstatic for its release, why? simply because it targets all the drawbacks of previous AMD degeneration CPUs as well as their competition: Haswell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake.
Haswell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake are all most definitely high-end products; that’s an undeniable fact, but if we’re going to be objective has some undesirable features that AMD’s now capitalizing on.
The very first one is bringing overclocking to the masses.
Since the Nehalem, most Intel CPUs are locked unless you have a K variant processor now extending into the Core i3 CPUs as well, you’re unable to overclock.
There are exceptions to this with the base clock overclocking on Skylake using older bios revisions and base clock overclocking on Nehalem, Sandy Bridge, and Ivy Bridge but those aren’t officially supported, normally this isn’t really a big deal.
AMD has locked their products before, just look at the black edition processors. But now that they have a potentially competitive processor lineup that’s completely unlocked, it’s definitely a game-changer. Yepeee !!
To add to that, both mainstream and enthusiast chipsets from AMD will allow overclocking. But minus a few of mainstream boards from Intel, you can not overclock a K variant CPU like 6900k, 6700k unless you are using an enthusiast Z variant motherboard.
AMD, fortunately, promises the opposite. Basically, the mainstream B350 chipset which potentially includes cheaper $60 motherboards will have overclocking capabilities.
While I imagine the yields won’t be as great using it over the X370 chipset, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
And while on the subject of motherboards, I’d like to segue to the second point socket unification.
Moving forward is what is the upgrade path going to be. Unfortunately, if you’ve adopted AM3 recently, you cannot adopt this CPU because AM4 is the new platform.
AMD promises a unified AM4 socket for all of their desktop CPUs from this generation. All of their processors ranging from lower-end Bristol Ridge APU to their 8-core flagship can all be used on the exact same motherboard in theory.
This is a huge upgrade from the ugly three socket disarray they use with the Bulldozer architecture: FM2(+), AM3(+), AM1. It also gives a very large upgrade path especially compared to the competition.
Right now the highest and processor on the LGA 1151 socket is the 4-core 8-thread i7 7770k. if you want extra cores, you must switch to the more expensive LGA 2011 socket that holds 6 through 10-core Intel CPUs.
AMD change the format by creating a more seamless upgrade path. If the consumer wants to upgrade to the flagship CPU from an APU, they can do so without purchasing a brand new motherboard and switching platforms. Pretty cool, right?
TDP does not directly correlates of power draw, but for CPUs, it’s usually a decent ballpark estimate for actual power consumption.
With that being said the flagship 8-core CPU has a 95-watt TDP, a 48% improvement over its alleged competitor the 140 watts Core i7 6900k, and the 32% improvement over its older brother the 125-watt FX-8350.
Ryzen presumed efficiency is almost unheard of the processor market at this point and opens the door for better overclocking potential, better temperatures and better performance per watt.
These benefits trickled down to less powerful SKU as well. It means that the 4-core and possibly 6-core variants will also be very efficient.
In the mobile market, Ryzen processors and APU can work efficiently in laptops and tablet PCs while staying cool, quiet and maintain an excellent battery life.
Nothing has been confirmed about there are leaks. Just some very quick advice for all of you unless it’s confirmed from AMD themselves , DON’T BELIEVE IT.
But I do believe it will be priced pretty aggressively it’s very obvious that the CPUs will undercut Intel, but the question is by HOW MUCH.
So I’ll leave that up to you guys speculate. I think that the launch price will be aggressive enough for Intel to consider dropping their prices on the top and enthusiasts lineup in order to compensate for the new competition, but like always, we will see in a few months.
Now that’s what Intel has to do with the community here. Because if you do not have competition in the space, you have no incentive to spend big R&D (Research and Development) numbers to get better performance.
Because you’re already dominating a market which Intel has had a solid 10 years of just bored, and not really doing much and giving us really *errr* improvements.
Intel i think you’ve done some great things, but you’ve really let the desktop community down as far as I’m concerned with the improvements we’ve seen over the last 4 or 5 generations by giving us a slight improvement in performance and clock numbers, and then very small architecture changes.
I don’t think AMD and Intel are going to try and battle it out at the thousand-dollar price mark, I just don’t.
And I’m really, really hoping here, and I’m praying that somehow AMD has made this manufacturing process affordable for them. And they can do it at a huge, huge upset of like 500 bucks for performance-based CPU that’s matching the 6900k at eleven-hundred dollars is that will shake up everything.
No processor launches in a vacuum though. Over 30 new AM4 motherboards were showcased at CES as well.
There are 5 different chipsets. 2 small form factor, 1 essential or pretty much business / basic. 1 mainstream and 1 enthusiast.
The x300, a small-form-factor board, the mainstream and enthusiast boards support overclocking, but only the enthusiast board supports multi-GPU Crossfire and SLI.
Ryzen will also be available in pre-build machines, so far Ryzen looks very, very appealing, and I’m more than excited to see the final revisions.
The Window Issue
Ah, I almost forgot to point out a kind of suck is to take advantage of the new CPUs, you have to adopt Windows 10.
Microsoft has sort of rammed Windows 10 down the throats of PC users everywhere, and now you can only adopt the new CPU architectures on both AMD and Intel Kaby Lake is also going to require Windows 10 which really really sucks.
But if you’re not gonna update to Windows 10 then don’t bother upgrading your CPU. *dumbface-again*
What’s going to happen with the new Ryzen CPU tried to run it on an older operating system? Because they’re not in anyone’s hands yet, but that’s a question, that’s waiting to be asked. So what does this mean for the community? It could mean some great things if price competition is starting to take place.
Overall, Ryzen looks very promising for budget builders and enthusiasts. It will hopefully spark the flame of competition we’ve also dearly wanted back for a few years now.
If you look at our Kaby Lake right now, honestly from someone who likes Intel, who has an Intel PC as his main rig, Kaby Lake was dreadfully underwhelming.
Nobody really got the balls to stick their and go yeah Kaby lake, it’s just Skylake slightly refreshed I mean gonna tell you but then if I got free Kaby Lake stuff, I probably be like tooting the horn and banging the drum like “This is great five-gigahertz woo hoo”. Just kidding, guys.
I’ll try to get my hands on a 4-core 8-thread, and I’m sure your sub boxes will be overflowing with flagship reviews when the NDA drops.
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