Here's Everything You Need To Know About AMD's Ryzen CPUs

Written by Stuart Thomas on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 1:21 PM

As you’re probably aware, AMD had a bit of a shindig last week, revealing its much vaunted Zen CPU microarchitecture for the first time. We now know it as AMD Ryzen, delivering what AMD claims is unprecedented performance efficiency thanks to its Zen x86 core. There are some major architectural changes going on beneath the hood that go far beyond a simple process shrink. Fortunately, AMD has made getting our head around it all far easier with a whole set of new videos, breaking down everything from how the architecture works to Ryzen + Vega 10, VR, CPU benchmarks and workstation use.

Introducing AMD Ryzen

Experience AMD’s New Horizon with AMD Ryzen

 

AMD Ryzen Plus Vega

As gamers this is the one we're probably most interested in - how AMD Ryzen performs with the latest Vega GPU. The footage shows Star Wars Battlefront's Rogue One 'Scarif' expansion running at a solid 60 frames per second in 4K, truly delivering on the single-GPU 4K solution. DICE's shooter is probably the anomaly though consider just how impressively optimised it is.

AMD Ryzen for Workstation

AMD Ryzen delivers 4K gaming at 60+ fps

AMD Ryzen powers VR and Mixed Reality

AMD Ryzen Handbrake Demo

AMD Ryzen Blender Demo

AMD Ryzen powers esports gaming

Exact pricing and availibility of Ryzen still remains a mystery, although we hope to see plenty more of it in early 2017. CES in January may perhaps be a little too early to get concrete details but we live in hope.

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02:22 Dec-28-2016

noooooooooo! just bought this cpu should have waited :((

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04:19 Dec-23-2016

This is great and all but personally I'd rather just wait for benchmarks from reviewers and not jump on the hype train.

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19:32 Dec-21-2016

But do they still turn your PC into an oven?

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20:16 Dec-21-2016

That would be great! Save money on heating!
But really, I don't care much.

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21:11 Dec-21-2016

it's hard for a CPU to run hotter than Intel core i5 and i7 CPUs. :D

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00:30 Dec-22-2016

FX 8000 series says hello

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06:30 Dec-22-2016

my fx 6100 4.3ghz on 1.294 volt runs just 52 C with evo 212 wondering if i5 can do that noup!

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17:47 Dec-22-2016

Not sure where I mentioned the 6000 series, but okay. Those Ivy and Sandy bridge chips in general sure did run like pure hatred and immolation though.

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00:57 Dec-22-2016

I doubt that heat will be a problem considering that the AMD Ryzen CPU only used 95 watt TDP while the Intel counterpart used 140 watt TDP. ;)

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17:53 Dec-22-2016

You can't just directly compare TDP's between companies, doesn't work like that.


Of course, worth nothing, those intel Extreme chips have such a high TDP because of how much they overclock. At stock they can be happily cooled on the same coolers you get with lower end intel chips.

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00:38 Dec-23-2016

Well lets look at what we can compare. Both 8 core 16 thread CPUs were running at the same clock speed of 3.4GHz, and both CPUs were getting very close to the same performance. The AMD CPU did that with 95 watt TDP and the Intel CPU used 140 watt TDP. That is a very simple and fair comparison no matter what. Both at same clock speeds with same performance, but one using much less power to do it. See? What is the problem?

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00:46 Dec-23-2016

Lower TDP usually means lower temps which should equal greater overclock capabilities. I am still a little cautious about AMD's Ryzen, but it appears to be something great from what I saw.

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23:05 Dec-22-2016

no

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17:10 Dec-21-2016

Well nothing really special.
They still use pins on the cpu and when they were making comparisons they should have told us which intel cpu they were comparing.


In the end intel will still own the market and AMD will never beat intel.

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17:32 Dec-21-2016

Lol, amd used to be better than intel, like ages ago

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18:01 Dec-21-2016

IMHO pins on the CPU are far better then the ones on the MOBO since they are thicker and u wont be able to bend them so easily

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19:02 Dec-21-2016

Huh..? Everyone in the tech world universally agrees that putting pins on the mobos was a great idea, plus you can have multiple pins per plate area on the CPU on the OC-oriented boards like mine. Since when are pins on the CPU better again? If anything, it makes no difference at best, but universally it's harder to bend the pins on the mobo with all the protection around them than the CPU pins where a drop can easily bend the corners (I remember having that issue back in the day).

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21:14 Dec-21-2016

doesn't matter if it's on the CPU or motherboard...

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06:34 Dec-22-2016

it doenst matter indeed actually pins on cpu is harder to manufactured but i dont think there are some advantages

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18:14 Dec-21-2016

They were comparing it to i7-6900k.... and it had turbo boost enabled so it was running on faster clockspeeds (assuming it boosted, I can't tell what type of cooling it had) than Ryzen which didn't have boost enabled and was running at 3.4GHz....

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18:58 Dec-21-2016

sigh
Remember that thing I told you about doing RESEARCH before commenting? :D
Yeah. Anyway, the stock SINGLE CORE boost of the 6900K is 3.7GHz, which is what the AMD marketing team quoted to you. What they DON'T tell you is that the 8-core clocks are only at 3.4GHz when under load, just like any other Intel CPU, including my 5960X (rated at 3GHz stock, 3.5GHz boost, but the meaningful 8-core boost is only 3.2GHz).
So to sum up - both sides were running at 3.4GHz.
And I bet to add to their sly marketing they also kept the stock cooler on the 6900K just tu be sure it throttles during the Handbrake demo.

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23:13 Dec-21-2016

You're being a bit disrespectful there with the sigh. This is marketing material that's bound to paint Ryzen in a good light, every company does it. We won't know the specifics of their testing or if it really matches a 6900k or not until we see some independent benchmarks after release. I for one hope it does and the price point is right because the cpu market is long over due a shake up.

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01:03 Dec-22-2016

Yes the Ryzen CPU and Intel i7-6900K were both running at 3.4GHz, but the AMD CPU was only using 95 watt TDP compared to the Intel using 140 watt TDP. So basically the AMD CPU should run cooler and overclock better. I mean that is kind of amazing that they matched the Intel performance while only using like 65% of the power to do it. imo

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18:59 Dec-21-2016

They already totally ignored the Q3 2014 5960X, calling the 6900K "the only other 8-core/16thread CPU on the market" after their Ryzen chips. LOL!

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06:37 Dec-22-2016

i think they were pointing just current gen 14nm there are also much older 8/16 intel chips like xeon?

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15:02 Dec-21-2016

Not to be a dick here, but the lady here is a liar and the blender test shows it:
1) If the 6900K is the "only other 8-core 16 thread CPU on the market" - what do you call my 5960X?
2) 3.2GHz stock on Intel and 3.7GHz Boost only equates to 3.7GHz on ONE CORE in a single-threaded workload. The 8-core boost on that CPU is 3.4GHz, just like it is 3.2GHz on my 5960X, instead of the advertised 3.5GHz. So both CPUs are running at 3.4GHz and magically they totally match in performance.
3D rendereng scales perfectly at 100% CPU usage, which is why Cinebench is 3D!


Great to see AMD FINALLY provide something to compete with, but the lies everywhere in marketing just anger me so.. O_O

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15:10 Dec-21-2016

Then we have the absolutely pointless 4K gaming demo, which would be no different with a 4-core CPU due to the fact that you're only pushing 60-70 fps where the CPU doesn't get stressed enough anyway and the only real difference would be in the GPU used (if they didn't use the same Titan XP for both systems).


The Z-Brush demo: So, this guy could have been doing the same thing for over 2 years with a 5960X (which came out in Q3 2014) AND faster too (from a stock 3.2GHz 8-core turbo my chip overclocks to 4.5GHz on all 8 cores for load-bearing like that) and now AMD magically has the answer to a problem that never was.... And let's be honest here, price for pros is NOT an issue for speed.

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16:15 Dec-21-2016

The reason why they used those intel 8 core cpu's is because their chip is "hopefully" going to be cheaper than the 1k dollar intel 8 core cpu's and run the same if not better.
sorry i could clean this up but unsure how

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17:05 Dec-21-2016

i7 6900k can boost up to 4.0ghz on single core but about 3.4 on all cores depends on your environment... 4.5 ghz is high you need some damn good cooling to do that 4.2ghz would be more proper for overall oc... there are also some leaks how well can zen perform in cinebench which is little worrying only 1180 p only expected abit more but there is final question what is price .

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18:44 Dec-21-2016

Official specs on ARK sheet says 6900K does 3.7GHz on single core, so I'd assume 3.4GHz on all cores, following all the other samples out there. Regardless, the marketing here is very devious.

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01:10 Dec-22-2016

Well both CPUs may match each other's performance at 3.4GHz, but the new AMD CPU only used 95 watt TDP to do it while the Intel used 140 watt TDP. So it looks like the AMD CPU should run cooler, and have greater overclock capabilities. So just maybe AMD has done something really great that you just can't test for yourself yet. ;)

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15:00 Dec-21-2016

and still not in the cpu list of GD, how come?

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15:40 Dec-21-2016

We are waiting for the exact names of the Ryzen CPUs. It is expected to a series rather than one single flagship. As soon as they are known, they'll be added ASAP :)

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22:25 Dec-21-2016

why dont you fix RX 460 specs and REAL rating .. its not better than HD 7950 .. please fix it ! :)

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23:33 Dec-21-2016

its not saying its better in gaming. its taking into account things like tdp, clock speed, memory speed, memory performance. you have to go to the comparison page and READ the right side of the page to understand why they share similar ratings.

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16:16 Dec-21-2016

Thank you

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14:36 Dec-21-2016

If these CPUs turn out to be on par with Intel CPUs in terms of performance/HEAT I'm gonna buy one. Don't mind supporting team red and team green as long as team red doesn't cause my CPU/VRMs to actually turn red

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17:38 Dec-21-2016

It is something like: Look, we produced something that intel did last year, but now cheaper. Same for the RX480, wow it performs just like the last generation GTX 970 from nvidia, but now cheaper. Intel and amd are just one step ahead of amd. It's good to see that amd is beating intel/nvidia, but they are comparing their work with a last generation, so that is why they are still behind.

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19:06 Dec-21-2016

Ryzen is competing with a Q3 2014 CPU from Intel, the 5960X, except that they're totally ignoring this fact and are playing it like they're competing with a fresh 6900K, calling the 6900K the "only other 8-core/16-thread CPU on the market". That's lying outright.

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10:00 Dec-22-2016

I7 5960x/6900k are enormous compared too i7 6700k/Ryzen and also a lot hotter 140tdp vs 95 so it's pretty amazing if it can match 5960x/6900k cpus on smaller die size and lower tdp!

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14:29 Dec-21-2016

What if I get the Ryzen cpu and a 1080, possibly 1080 ti next year, can I install both AMD and Nvidia drivers to get the best out of both the cpu and gpu?

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14:33 Dec-21-2016

I only ask due to hearing something about NVIDIA GameWorks and AMD Drivers not working well with one another.

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14:40 Dec-21-2016

I never had a problem with installing drivers from both camps. Usually the motherboard/CPU related stuff doesn't detect the GPU at all.

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15:06 Dec-21-2016

errr....you need drivers for and AMD CPU...?!

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17:36 Dec-21-2016

I think he was talking about chipset drivers..................

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