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AMD Launches Powerful ‘Ryzen’ Processors to Take on Intel i series; Prices Start at $329 for Ryzen 7

AMD Ryzen Processors

Intel’s share of its i3, i5 and i7 processors is quite huge, and most of the desktops and laptops are powered by Intel chipsets. AMD is still a tortoise in the race but the times are about to change as AMD has just launched the ‘Ryzen’ series with power-packed performance.

The top-end processors, Ryzen 7 have been touted to defeat Intel in performance by a huge margin, while also being cheaper by almost 54%. AMD is launching the Ryzen 7 chips first, including the Ryzen 7 1800X for $499, the Ryzen 7 1700X for $399 and Ryzen 7 1700 for $329. These processors will be available in the US starting March 2, and sales outside the US will follow subsequently.

The company has not released the launch date and price details for mid-range Ryzen 5 and low-range Ryzen 3 but the tentative timeline seems to be end of this year. You can expect these to be extremely cheap and high on performance. The 7 series is an eight-core, sixteen thread processor, a first for AMD.

What’s special in these Ryzen processors?

Intel launched its latest Kaby Lake processors early this year, and now AMD has a solid response to those. Intel i7 processor, that costs almost a little over $1,000, was deemed the fastest processor yet.

However, if you take Ryzen 7 1800X and compare it with Kaby Lake i7 6900K, you will notice the striking difference in performance – almost 9% with same specs. 1800X runs on 3.6GHz which can be boosted to 4GHz, finally making it the fastest eight-core processor in the market right now.

The 1700X runs on 3.4GHz, which can be boosted to 3.8GHz, being 39% faster than Intel i7 6800K chip. The cheapest, 1700, runs on 3GHz, boosting to 3.7GHz, and performs a huge 46% better than Intel i7 7700K chip.

With the Ryzen series, AMD has a good chance at getting back into the market. They have thought this through, with a unique architecture and interesting design the company has the potential to at least replace Intel’s processors in the high-end desktops and laptops.

In days of YouTube and gaming, launching an efficient processor can be a boost for the company – since editing, rendering and gaming all require huge processing speed. AMD is looking to turn its fortune with this one, and the industry is betting high on it.

Source: Forbes

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