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AMD brings out the power of an 8-core processor


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!


AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su

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.

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  • Na Me

    How about a desktop replacement (power laptop), running W7-pro with proper/complete drivers support, not the restrictive-W10- candy/stupid- OS, with 32 – 64 Gb ram, to run 12-to-24-virtualized-OSes at same time.

  • freedash22

    I’m really glad AMD has finally caught up with Intel in the performance department. But, I don’t like their current direction of making their current gen processors work only on Windows 10 and onwards (no backwards compatibility with Win 7 and 8). Intel is also doing this and it’s very anti-consumer as it forces you to not just buy a new MB, but also a new OS.

    • Election Woes

      Something tells me that has more to do with Microsoft and their terrible rates of adoption for windows 10. They really want it though due to the license agreement changes MS made allowing them to spy on you and sell your info. They just make so much more money off of it. That being said, steam on linux has come a very long way as well as overall experience and usability from a linux desktop. Fedora is my choice and for those few games I can’t play though linux, I do though a virtual machine and it works great. Give it a try. Linux is free, so what do you have to lose.

      • freedash22

        Good point. This move by Microsoft is big slap in the face to gamers and everybody looking to just upgrade their hardware without having to buy yet another overpriced OS. Windows 10 had poor adoption because it is crap for gaming, spies on user info and other issues. If Microsoft wants to sell that, they should fix the problems, not declare war on hardware-OS backwards compatibility. I’d go Linux, but I customize my games and they don’t always work in VMs.

  • Ace

    should we expect a review soon?