By Robert “Bob” Reyes
AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) the American semiconductor company launched the much-awaited Ryzen 7 family of processors last February 22nd.
In an exclusive, by-invitation event held in San Francisco, California last week, AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su unveiled an array of Ryzen 7 processors to members of the media. The Manila Bulletin was the only Philippine-based media to cover the event. With AMD’s path to high performance technologies, great products, ambitious goals, and undaunted determination, after a long four years in the making Ryzen 7 is here!
With an initial goal of reaching 40% more Instructions Per Clock (ICP) on the “Zen” core architecture, AMD beat this with a 52% ICP on the Ryzen chip from their previous “Excavator” core. The Ryzen 7 processor sports an 8-core, 16-thread design and comes in three variants: 1700, 1700X and 1800X.
World’s Lowest Power 8-core Desktop Processor
The Ryzen 7 1700 processor has a 3.0/3.7GHz base and 65-watt TDP (Thermal Design Power – the maximum amount of heat generated by a computer chip). This 8-core, 16-thread processor has a 20MB L2+L3 cache and performed 46% better than an Intel Core i7 7700K using the Cinebench R15 nT benchmarking tool.
Merging the Worlds of Enthusiast, Gamer, and Creator
The Ryzen 7 1700X processor features a 3.4GHz base with a 95-watt TDP that can be boosted up to 3.8GHz. This processor scored 39% better than the Intel Core i7 6800K and 4% better than an Intel Core i7 6900K in the Cinebench R15 nT.
8-Core Desktop Processor Performance Champ
The top-of-the-line Ryzen 7 1800X boasts a 3.6/4.0GHz base using an 8-core, 16-thread core with a 95-watt TDP. Priced at US$499, the Ryzen 7 1800X outscored Intel’s US$1,050 processor Core i7 6900K by 9% using the Cinebench R15 nT tool.
All Ryzen 7 variants has AMD SenseMI Technology incorporated in them. SenseMI is a set of sensing, adapting, and learning technologies built into each AMD Ryzen processor to address the demanding needs of gamers and enthusiast PC users.
Significant Multi-Threaded Advantage for Less
With 99% of the PC market buying CPU’s below US$500, the local SRP for the Ryzen 7 family of processors is pegged at PHP17,500 for the Ryzen 7 1700, PHP21,000 for the Ryzen 7 1700X and PHP27,000 for the Ryzen 7 1800X – all around half the price compared to their Intel counterpart.
“People want to create and share more content like a pro, more every day. Ryzen 7 is priced to speed high-performance creation into millions more hands than before,” said Dr. Su.
Global launch of the AMD Ryzen 7 family of processors is set on March 2nd, with more than 82 motherboard options planned. Pre-ordering started last February 22nd from more than 185 retailers, etailers and boutique OEM’s worldwide.