Published on February 24th, 2017 | by Subhash Nair


How much Better are AMD’s New Processors Compared to Intel’s?

In our last post, we talked about Intel’s dominance of the CPU market, and how that might be coming to an end. Here’s we’ll elaborate on AMD’s first all-new CPUs in about 5 years. They’re branding their new chips as ‘Ryzen’, and releasing three very high-performance products under this product line.

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (US$499) VS Intel Core i7-6900K (US$1089)
This is AMD’s flagship. The demos they’ve shown prove that it’s faster than Intel’s flagship, but it costs less than half of what Intel is charging. If you take a closer look at the statistics, AMD’s chip isn’t actually better than Intel’s based on instruction per clock. Instead, they rely on a higher clock speed of 4.0Ghz to beat the Intel chip.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X (US$399) VS  Intel Core i7-6800K (US$434)
This may not be the best chip in the Ryzen lineup, but it’s still 4% faster than the i7-6900K in Cinebench! AMD is placing directly against Intel’s i7-6800K Broadwell-E processor and not only are they pricing it US$35 cheaper, but they’re also claiming it’ll be 39% faster at multi-threaded workloads.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (US$329) VS Intel Core i7-7700K (US$339)
While it may not be that much cheaper than the Core i7-7700K, this AMD chip still has a few aces up its sleeve. Firstly, it’s a true 8-core, 16-thread chip (the i7-7700K is a 4-core, 8-thread chip). Secondly, on tests like Cinebench, the Ryzen 7 1700 scored 46% higher than Intel’s chip. Plus, its 65-watt TDP makes it the most power-efficient 8-core in the market.

AMD is being smart about Ryzen. Rather than releasing all of their proposed products, they’re starting with the high-end, ultra premium stuff in the Ryzen 7 category. In a couple of months, we should see Core i5 competitors from the Ryzen 5 family, as well as Ryzen 3 products by the end of the year.

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