If you have a computer, chances are it contains an Intel processor, which has become the staple of the community. Almost every computer being made today have only Intel inside. This monopoly that Intel has on the community has been going on for the last 6 years. This is because AMD, their main rival have not put much effort into making new processors, as a result Intel has been allowed to jack up the prices of their processors, with come costing as much as a thousand dollars. This is all about to change, AMD has now unveiled their new line of processors, the Ryzen series.
The new Ryzen processors are matching the specs that their rival have on their processors, and even beating them in other aspects. While the power of these new processors is not something that will beat Intel, the price is the strong point. The most expensive of these processors costs around $500, while the Intel equivalent is more than twice that.
The processors are available for pre-order now, and will be available for purchase starting March 2nd. There are three categories of this line of processors, the R7, R5, and R3. The R7 are the high end option, consisting of 3 processors all with 8 cores, and 16 threads, and 16 Mb of L3 cache. The base clock varies, with the 1800x being clocked at 3.6 Ghz, and boostclock to 4.0 Ghz. The 1700x is clocked at 3.4 Ghz, and a boostclock of 3.8. The final one is the 1700, with a base clock of 3.0 Ghz, and a boost clock of 3.7 Ghz. The R5 processors show similar specs for the most part, while the R3’s are solely meant for budget computers (You can find the rest of the specs here).
I am really exited for these new processors, since I really think that Intel needs some competition, so they could make better processors, and stop their monopoly on the CPU market. If this monopoly were to end, we could be seeing much cheaper computers because right now almost all new computers use and Intel processor, and if AMD is offering a cheaper CPU at a lower price, manufacturers would be tempted to use AMD. I really believe that 2017 will be a really good year for AMD, not only for their processors, but also with their upcoming Vega GPU architecture, which might stop Nvidia’s monopoly of the GPU market.
What do you guys think about the new Ryzen CPU? Do you think it will be a success or a flop?