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AMD Ryzen Tech Day: New CPU and a disruptive price (Updated)

By John Law - 24 Feb 2017

AMD Ryzen Tech Day: New CPU and a disruptive price (Updated)

Update (written February 24, 2017, 3:25 AM): AMD Malaysia has released the official pricing for its Ryzen 7 CPUs. The Ryzen 7 1800X will retail at an SRP of RM2,599, the Ryzen 7 1700X at RM1,899, and the Ryzen 7 1700 at RM1,599.

Original article below (published February 22, 2017, 10 AM):

Dr. Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, during the AMD Tech Day at San Francisco, California.

Today, at a closed door event at San Francisco, California, AMD officially broke its silence and made its Ryzen CPUs official. Specifically, the Sunnyvale company announced its enthusiast-level Ryzen CPU, the 8-core, 16-thread, Ryzen 7 lineup.

Comprising the Ryzen 7 1800X, the Ryzen 7 1700X, and the Ryzen 7 1700, these new CPUs are the company’s first foray into the 14nm lithography, and for those who are not in the know, Ryzen 7 marks the company's re-entry into the enthusiast-level CPU market segment with a brand new architecture since the launch of its last high-performance enthusiast-level CPU, the FX-9590, which was previously announced nearly four years ago in 2013.

Behold, the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X - the company's first top-of-the-line CPU to be made based on a new 14nm lithography!

Needless to say, there was a lot of fanfare amongst the crowd when Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, gave them their first glimpse of the Ryzen 1800X, the top-of-the-line CPU from the Ryzen 7 CPU lineup.

If you ever wondered what the die cutout of the new Ryzen CPU looks like, here's a snapshot for your viewing pleasure.

During the introduction, the good Dr. Su and her colleagues treated us to the performance numbers of its new high-end CPUs, and boy, were we impressed with it. The Ryzen 7 1800X comes out of the factory with default clock speed of 3.6GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.0GHz. Besides that, the CPU is also packing the earlier mentioned eight cores and 16 threads inside. That’s four additional CPU cores more than the CPU’s direct competition, the Intel Core i7-6900K, and yes, those extra cores make a world of difference in the 1800X’s performance.

The Cinebench R15 NT benchmark, with a side-by-side comparison between Intel's Core i7-6900K on the left, and AMD's Ryzen 7 1800X on the right.

Performance-wise, AMD gave a brief demonstration of its CPU against the competition via Cinebench R15 NT, a benchmark that we regularly used in our CPU reviews. Against the Core i7-6900K, the Ryzen 7 1800K actually blew away the competition in the IPC (Instructions per Clock) test and led the charge with a score of 1,619, versus the Core i7-6900K’s 1,474 points. However, it should be pointed out that AMD has mentioned in passing that on the single-core performance test, the Ryzen 7 1800X would actually be on par with the Core i7-6900K.

One of the only games used to demonstrate the prowess of the Ryzen 7 1800X was the recently-released Sniper Elite 4.

Sadly, AMD didn’t have many other benchmarks on-hand for its launch day presentation, save for a brief presentation of the recently-released Sniper Elite 4 running in 4K resolution on the new CPU and a multi-GPU configuration comprising two Radeon RX 480 graphics cards operating in CrossFireX mode.

Remember this? It's the same two PCs that first made their appearance at AMD's New Horizon event in December last year.

We did, however, manage to get a very brief hands-on demonstration with the new CPU via the same setup that was used when AMD first announced the existence of Ryzen nearing the end of last year. This was the same setup that was first introduced during the New Horizon event last year. Specifically, the PC in question sports a dual TITAN X and Ryzen 7 1800X configuration, and was placed right next to its competitor built with a Core i7-6900K during that particular presentation. In a side-by-side comparison, we noticed that the Ryzen-built PC was almost always running Battlefield 1 approximately 20 fps higher than the competition, if not matching it frame for frame in the same game.

More importantly, Dr. Su also gave one bit of information that we all (yourselves included, dear readers) had been undoubtedly waiting for: the officially retail pricing of the all three Ryzen 7 CPUs, along with their availability.

There you go, the official pricing of the AMD Ryzen 7 CPUs, along with the official launch date.

Come March 2, 2017, AMD’s Ryzen 7 1800X, Ryzen 7 1700X, and the Ryzen 7 1700 will be available first for purchase via 185 retailers around the world, and will retail at an SRP of US$449 (approx. RM2,223), US$399 (RM1,777), and US$329 (RM1,456), respectively. Pre-orders for the CPUs will also be available starting from February 22, 2017 today. AMD intends to launch its enthusiast-level Ryzen 7 CPUs first, and will only launch its Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 CPU a little in the year.

In conjunction with the release of Ryzen, AMD will also be launching its new Wraith Spire RGB cooling solution with the Ryzen 7 CPUs. Be advised, however, that the Ryzen 7 1800X will be the only CPU in the Ryzen 7 range that won't come bundled with a Wraith cooler. AMD states that the reason behind this move is that consumers will be more likely to use a better, more efficient custom cooler from a third party manufacturer to keep its top end CPU cooled. Further, it should be pointed out that AMD will not be distributing Wraith Max RGB cooler with any of it Ryzen 7 CPUs to consumers, unless of course, you happen to be a custom case maker.

We’ll also be posting up a full review of the Ryzen 7 1800X at a later date, so stay tuned.

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