Mar 03, 2017 08:13 AM EST
If early reviews are to be believed then it may just go to show that AMD's latest processor series - the Ryzen - has been continuously fallen short of fans and critics' expectations. The company is trying to challenge the benchmark which has been set by Intel's i7 7700K processor, with its latest Ryzen series.
AMD has launched its highly anticipated processors, the Ryzen 7 series 1800X, 1700X and 1700 recently. Since all three processors have been put to the test, AMD seems to challenge the benchmark which has been set by Intel's Kaby Lake processor the Core i7 7700K, with its Ryzen series.
AMD Ryzen 7 series 1800X, 1700X and 1700 all feature octa-core processors with 16 threads. However, the 1800X houses a base clock of 3.5 GHz, while the 1700X comes with 3.4 GHz and the Ryzen 1700 has a 3.0 GHz base clock. Extended Frequency Range (XFR) is also a feature in the Ryzen series. This will make sure that the processors remain at an optimum temperature and XFR will be more important on the 1800X and the 1700X variants.
While it is true that the Ryzen processors have followed through what AMD promised in 2015, the technologies right now are constantly evolving which has led to Intel's ground-breaking designs faring better in the market, Seeking Alpha. Ryzen's all main challenge was to beat the Broadwell-E architecture present in Intel's chipsets and the company has succeeded in doing that. However, at present, it looks like that AMD was too focused on the Broadwell-E aspect, while Intel has moved on and developed the Kaby Lake architecture which is even better than Ryzen.
Reports mentioned earlier that the Ryzen 7 1800X will be running at 95W TDP, which has been proven inaccurate by benchmark tests where the TDP has rocketed up to 140W. For gamers also, the CPU has proven not to be as special as AMD had everyone believe, and the Kaby Lake processors belonging Intel fared much better in this regard, as per Anand Tech.
On the other hand, according to Forbes, for the last few years, AMD had some small wins and even some big wins like sweeping the Xbox and the PlayStation game consoles and it appeared it would be a long time before AMD could pull a rabbit out of their hat in PC processors. Based on Forbes analysis of AMD Ryzen, it looks like the Ryzen desktop is the real thing and AMD is back in desktops, back with a vengeance.
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X is currently priced at $500, while the Ryzen 1700X costs for $400. The lower end Ryzen 1700 is retailing at $330. The prices are as compared to Intel's latest Core i7 7700K, which is priced at $350.
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