AMD today released the first three models of its highly anticipated, high-performance AMD Ryzen desktop processor. Starting today there are three 8-core Ryzen 7 models available. With that announcement, there are a number of websites that have the new Ryzen 7 CPU’s and have been putting them through their paces. Will the much anticipated AMD Ryzen desktop processor compete or beat the latest from Intel? Check out the reviews listed below and find out.
Benchmarks have leaked on AMD’s upcoming Ryzen CPUs, and if accurate, these are the ones that will change the name of the game from “Hype Train” to “Reality Check”. Part of a verified Passmark entry, the test system consisted of an AMD Ryzen 8-core, 16-thread ES clocked at 3.4 GHz (which puts it closely on the Ryzen 7 1700X territory, though it isn’t known whether Turbo to its rated 3.8 GHz was active or not), seated on an entry-level MSI A320 AM4 motherboard (absent of overclocking functionality) and 16GB of 2400MHz DDR4 memory.
The tests include integer math, floating point performance, prime numbers, encryption, compression, sorting, SSE performance and physics. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700X outperformed every other CPU in 5 out of the 8 tests, including Intel’s fastest 8-core chip, the $1099 Broadwell-E i7 6900K. When put side by side against Intel’s slightly less expensive $999 8 core extreme edition Haswell-E i7 5960X, Ryzen was faster in 6 out of the 8 tests. The 1700X showed particularly good performance in integer math and encryption, workloads typically associated with server workloads (and where the bulk of the profit is).
By Nathan Kirsch @ Legit Reviews
The 7th Generation Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake desktop processors have been officially announced and the Intel Core i7-7700K is the new flagship LGA1151 processor for Intel! Intel Kaby Lake desktop performance numbers have been leaked for more than two months now, so if you are reading this review we truly appreciate it and thank you for supporting Legit Reviews and all the independent reviews that we have been doing since 2002! Intel is releasing 16 new LGA1151 processors today for the Kaby Lake desktop processor launch. The good news is that all of these processors are backwards compatible with existing Intel 100 series boards after a UEFI update and of course the new Intel 200 series boards that were also announced today. Pricing on the flagship desktop model, the Intel Core i7-7700K, start at $339 and then go all the way down to just $138 on the lower-end dual-core models.
By Ian Cutress @ AnandTech
What would you do with more CPU cores? This is a question I see posted from an Intel employee on a yearly basis, and it actually is a difficult question to answer depending on your computing background. A gamer might not need more than four or six, and a number of workstation use cases are now GPU accelerated. Anyone never in a pure compute situation might not need more than four or six cores.
But what about virtual machines, complex encoding, or non-linear functional compute? How many cores are too many? Intel has recently released the Broadwell-EP based Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors, running up to 22 cores, and the smaller silicon die used for the 10-core parts has today filtered down to the prosumer and high-end desktop (HEDT) markets in four different parts, making up the Core i7 6800 and 6900 series. For today’s review we’ll be taking a look at all four.
Intel has launched the first two CPUs from its Intel’s Skylake architecture, the 6th Generation Core i7-6700K and the Core i5-6600K. A number of reviews have been posted from around the community. Follow the links below to learn more about these new processors.
By Josh Walrath @ PC Perspective
It seems like yesterday when I last talked about an AMD refresh! Oh wait, it almost was. Some weeks ago I was able to cover the latest AMD APU offerings that helped to flesh out the Kaveri lineup. We though AMD was done for a while. Color us wrong. AMD pulled out all the stops and set up an AM3+ refresh! There is a little excitement here, I guess. I am trying to contain the tongue-in-cheek lines that I am oh so tempted to write.
Intel officially announced its new enthusiast platform, the Haswell-E processor and the X99 chipset. This new flagship processor series includes the Core i7-5960X, Intel’s first eight-core desktop processor. An update to a motherboard with the X99 chipset is required due to Haswell-E’s new integrated memory controller which introduces DDR4 support to the desktop platform. We’ve gathered a number of reviews from around the internet and posted the links below for your convenience.
Author: SKYMTL @ Hardware Canucks
AMD’s new A10-7800 is a more affordable alternative for those who don’t need the multiplier unlocked A10-7850K by offering good x86 processing performance alongside excellent graphics capabilities for about $150.
Written By: Nathan Kirsch @ Legit Reviews
The Intel Pentium G3258 20th Anniversary Edition processor was released to the public this week and Legit Reviews have been waiting for weeks to pick this processor up. Why have we been highly anticipating a low-end Intel Pentium processor? Well, we remember the old days when you could get massive overclocks on inexpensive processors and get some decent performance out of them. The days of using a pencil or rear window defogger kit to get a sick overclock are certainly a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean that there still aren’t budget friendly processors that can be overclocked to the hilt. When Intel announced that they were coming out with a Pentium Processor Anniversary Edition processor we were excited. The thought of a cheap processor that was unlocked was no longer going to be a thing of a past that old timers reminisce about at LAN parties or to friends. The Intel Pentium G3258 20th Anniversary Edition processor has been released and it will be the budget overclocking champion for the DIY PC enthusiast of this generation!
By: Hilbert Hagedoorn @ GURU3D
One of the most talked of processors this year has to be the product we are reviewing today. The Core i7-4790K. Dubbed and known as a Devils Canyon the new K model processor it finally has arrived in the highlands of that mystic land called Groningen in the Netherlands. Okay, lame puns aside, Intel last week announced a couple of K model processors. The Core i7-4790K will replace the 4770K as flagship processor. By itself that normally means a 100 MHz speed-bump, but know that for the 4790K things really are quite a bit different.