This is a Guest Post by: Jeff2146

With the recent release of ryzen 3 the new amd family is now complete with the only exception of threadripper. With this article I want to go over and cover the entire ryzen launch again now when we have the complete picture.

1: the platform and its problems

When ryzen 7 was released a couple of months ago the platform did experience some problems as is normal with a complete new architecture. But most of these problems have been solved and ryzen is as good as stable. But a couple of small things remain , like the fact that faster ram increases performance with a 8 fps difference between 2133 and 3000 MHz ddr 4 ram. If this is worth the extra cost is something I will leave up to the one buying. The next problem is the lower performance in older titles which is easy to explain as older games that use dx11 or dx9 only use 1 or 2 cores on the cpu and at that point the ipc and clock speed give intel the advantage but with newer games that make use of the Vulcan api or dx12 amd wins over intel as those api’s make use of all the available cores and at that point the cpu that has the best multitasking performance will win.

2: overclocking

The biggest selling point for ryzen in my opinion as a pc enthusiast is the fact that all ryzen cpu’s can be overclocked with midrange motherboards that have the b350 chipset while with intel you need to pay a premium for an unlocked cpu and you have to buy a high end x270 motherboard to be able to overclock and even then intel is still saying that you shouldn’t overclock there i7 7700k because it will get to hot (result of bad thermal paste inside the cpu) .lastly the ryzen cpu’s will at some times come with a 95 watt cooler on a 65 watt chip as with the 1600 and 1700 that alow for overclocking without a aftermarket cooler.

 

3: price to performance

The biggest selling point of ryzen is the price to performance. Within this category they completely kick intel into the nuts as the 1700 and 1600 are the best cpu’s at their respective price points with great gaming and streaming performance as these chips give the best possible experience for livestreaming. The large amount of cores on the 1600 and 1700 they lose less performance when streaming and gaming at the same time. But it doesn’t stop there these cpu’s are good for everything that uses more than 2 cores like video rendering with the 1800x (500$)only loosing slightly to a 5960x (1500$)cpu from intel when rendering the same clip in adobe premiere. On the low end where we have the 1200 and 1300x cpu’s ,intel finally has worthy competition for their i3 line up and the Pentium g4560 that will probably be discontinued in the near future with these y-two entries from amd giving the same performance for the same cost but again these chips are overclokabble.

4: conclusion

Ryzen is the competition that the industry needed as intel has made very little progres in the last 5 years. But as soon as ryzen came along intel immediately started work on coffee lake which finaly brings 6 core cpu’s from team bleu to the mainstream platform but if they want to be competitive they will have to lower their prices. So what does it mean for consumers like myself? It means that pc gaming will become cheaper in the upcoming years as amd will keep focusing on price to performance and if intel doesn’t follow they will be a relic of the past.

With the recent release of ryzen 3 the new amd family is now complete with the only exception of threadripper. With this article I want to go over and cover the entire ryzen launch again now when have the complete picture.