Since 2014, AMD hasn’t had much competition against Intel in the CPU space. Intel has dominated the BYO PC (build your own) market, as well as many consumer pre-built PC’s. Today, it can be difficult to find a computer that is powered by an AMD CPU. Intel’s processors, for the past few years, have been less expensive, more powerful, and more efficient than their counterpart.
However, this may all be about to change. Yesterday, AMD announced their first competitive PC processors in a long time. Called Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 7, these processors may be what keep AMD current. They boast a lot more power than Intel’s current CPU’s, feature incredible TDP’s (thermal design power), and have a performance gain of 52% instructions-per-clock, or IPC, since Excavator, AMD’s previously “current” processors (they came out in 2014).
The long and short of it is that AMD has finally released some competent processors. After three years of waiting, AMD fans now have something to be excited about, and surprisingly, in the PC enthusiast space, most everyone seems to be excited as well. What everyone really wants is some competition from AMD to heat up the CPU space. In the past few years, there hasn’t been much processor improvement besides small performance bumps and efficiency improvements, which is why everyone is so psyched.
Since you can go to any other tech site to hear about specs, I’ll focus on my opinions in this article. I am really excited, like everyone else, for Ryzen. However, the product names are horrendous! Just like Intel, AMD has chosen 3, 5, and 7 as their series names, which is extremely confusing. Intel has the Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7, while AMD now has the Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 7. Why didn’t someone at AMD stop this from happening?!
In terms of performance, there isn’t much to be disappointed about. If AMD’s promises are held, which they seem to be, AMD might be the CPU king yet again. Not only would this be exciting for PC enthusiasts, this would be exciting for the whole PC world. Innovation through competition would again be constantly forwarded, and we would likely start to see a lot more from each company.
In addition, Ryzen’s prices are very inexpensive compared to Intel’s, being almost half the price. AMD also announced an 8-core monster that will be only $330, while Intel’s Core counterpart, the Core i7-6900k, costs upwards of $1100. Ryzen 7 will be available on March 2, and Ryzen 3 and 5 will be available later.
So that about wraps it up. This is incredibly exciting to see, and hopefully it means innovation will again thrive. Long live AMD! Or Intel. Which was the one with the 3, 5, and 7?