AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X

There are no major surprises here. AMD's remit with Pinnacle Ridge is to find extra performance via multiple avenues available a year after the initial launch. Increasing the core base and boost frequency is one obvious method, evidenced by the four new chips operating at higher speeds than the previous generation. AMD has been able to achieve higher sustained clocks by using two methods: a move to a 12nm LP process from GlobalFoundries and adoption of Precision Boost 2 - we will talk more about both in a while. Core frequency gains are the largest performance differentiator if the base architecture remains largely the same, of course, yet adding faster memory support can also be deemed useful in most circumstances, and thus the move to DDR4-2,933 is predictable. AMD has also reworked the cache and DRAM latencies to offer nippier access for latency-sensitive tasks. In sum, the firm has grabbed the medium-hanging fruit that was left on the table in the drive to release the initial Ryzen chips in March last year. These improvements are expected and welcome from a performance and power perspective.  "


Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 13:49:25 UTC in AMD by Wesslan

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 review

So what about that non-X model Ryzen 5 2600 eh? Surely you have seen some reviews on it already, but the majority of the media simply used a 2600X and downclocked it, which doesn't paint a precise picture, at all. We received the actual Ryzen 5 2600 SKU, and this 'regular' six-core proc is thirty bucks (199 USD) cheaper compared to the 2600X (229 USD) model, but really, it's the same stuff. It's just that the X is better binned and has better default clock frequencies. However, if you are willing to tweak a bit yourself, you can save 30 bucks and retrieve the very same performance. The Ryzen 5 2600 has six-cores and twelve threads and is ready 'n waiting for you at a pretty spectacular value price. A perfect piece of silicon for proper threading and gaming? Well, let's find out!  "


Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 16:21:48 UTC in AMD by Wesslan

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X review

We review the new 12nm Zen+ Ryzen updates, yes, the Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X processors are in da house, this review will cover the flagship 2700X. What will they bring in terms of performance, paired as well with the new X470 series motherboards? AMD has been going strong over the past year, rattling all the cages with an Intel logo on them. From top to bottom they have been able to compete with Intel, introducing quad-core processors in the entry-level segment, six and eight-cores for the mainstream, and up to 16-core processors with Ryzen Threadripper at the enthusiast level. It has been a year already since AMD launched the first generation Ryzen processors. It had a bit of a rocky launch with the inter-core latency discussion, 1080p gaming performance as well as memory support. But the tide definitely turned for AMD as more and more people are considering purchasing an AMD processor-based PC for their next purchase. The memory compatibility issues are mostly all gone, of course, we'll look at game performance in this article as well. But yes, things are looking good.  "


Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 15:42:28 UTC in AMD by Wesslan

Intel Core i9-7900X 3.3 GHz Review

Earlier this year, Intel launched its Core X family of high-end desktop processors with its new Core i9 family, starting with the i9-7900X. The high-end desktop (HEDT) platform occupies a gray area between performance desktops and more serious workstations. For over a decade, Intel has addressed this segment of the market with processors that have more features than a standard desktop. These usually included more cores, wider memory interfaces, more PCI-Express lanes on the platform, etc. Consumers knew what to expect when buying an HEDT processor when the segment started out in 2008 with the Core i7 "Nehalem" series alongside the X58 Express chipset.  "


Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 18:33:57 UTC in Intel by Wesslan


AMD Ryzen 5 1600 review

We put what could be the best value Ryzen 5 processor to the test as we benchmark the six-core Ryzen 5 1600 (without the X). The 1600 will be tested and overclocked to see how much value you can squeeze out of this six-core and twelve threaded processor. AMD recently inserted four new SKUs in the Ryzen 5 series, among them the 1600X six-core processor and quad-core 1500X. There are however also non X models, they have a slightly slower XFR range, but when tweaked clock roughly the same (give or take 100 MHz). As such if you are willing to OC a little yourself, you can get a six-core Ryzen 5 1600 processor for just over 200 bucks, and that is insane value. Hence we'll do just that today, we take that Ryzen 5 1600, and then test it both at default clocks and tweaked close to 4 GHz.  "


Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 17:32:55 UTC in AMD by Wesslan


AMD Ryzen 5 1400 & 1600 Review

" AMD have had a rather mixed, but successful review with the release of Ryzen 7; the synopsis being '95% of the performance at 50% of the price'. Though without backlash from a gaming community that expected 'more'. This likely stemmed from the fact that Ryzen 7 is an enthusiast/prosumer chip aimed for high-end creation and workflow, while gaming is still rather reliant on fast quad-core CPUs. Ryzen 5 follows in the footsteps of Ryzen 7, offering a range of 4core/8thread and 6core/12thread parts that promises to give the mainstream consumers, content creators and gamers excellent performance and highly competitive prices. Today we are looking at the Ryzen 5 line up from the bottom up, the cheapest available CPU is the 1400, which is a 4c/8t CPU clocked at 3.2GHz with a turbo to 3.4GHz, as well as the Ryzen 1600 which is a similarly clocked 6c/12t CPU with a turbo to 3.6GHz.  "


Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 16:25:46 UTC in AMD by Wesslan


AMD Ryzen 5 1500X and 1600X review

We review Ryzen 5 in this article. AMD submitted two processor samples, the quad-core 1500X and six-core processor 1600X. The new processors will be close in relative performance compared to Intel's Core i5 series. AMD however is going in with one leg stretched as they offer that six-core part at 249 USD and the quad-core processor at 189 USD. The new SKUs are not clocked slow either, the Ryzen 5 1600X six-core processor is clocked as fast as its bigger eight-core brother at a 3.6 GHz base clock and 4.0 GHz Turbo. The quad-core 1500X on its end has a base frequency at 3.5 GHz and 3.7 on that Turbo.  "


Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 12:19:07 UTC in AMD by Wesslan


AMD Athlon X4 860K CPU

We tested one more CPU from the socket FM2+ Athlon lineup from AMD: the Athlon X4 860K. Let’s test it and compare it to its main competitors. At first, all processors for FM2+ platform were “APUs”, which is how AMD calls their CPUs with integrated video. Atfer a while, AMD launched some models without an integrated GPU for this socket, using the Athlon brand, like the Athlon X4 880K and the Athlon X4 845. Today, let’s test another model, the Athlon X4 860K, which has four cores, 3.7 GHz base clock and 4.0 GHz maximum clock. The main competitor of the Athlon X4 860K is the Pentium G4500, which we tested recently. So, we ran our benchmarks on the Athlon X4 860K and on the Pentium G4500, also including the FX-4300 and the Athlon X4 880K, to see how the X4 860K compares to them.  "


Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 @ 10:58:35 UTC in AMD by Wesslan


AMD Ryzen 1700 CPU vs 1700X CPU Review

The AMD Ryzen 1700 processor has been eyed by many folks for possible purchase for that new system build, but I think that many customers have felt as though the 1700 CPU is "something less" than the 1700X or 1800X CPUs. First and foremost, the Ryzen 1700 is $330, where the 1700X is $400, and the 1800X is $500. While there is no doubt that the Ryzen 1700X and 1800X processors have great value when it comes to comparing threaded workloads to the Intel 6900K at $1050, what if you want all that new Ryzen goodness, but want to keep as much green in your wallet as possible? That is exactly what we are here to answer today.  "


Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 @ 10:14:48 UTC in AMD by Wesslan


AMD Zen and Ryzen 7 Review

For over two years the collective AMD vs Intel personal computer battle has been sitting on the edge of its seat. Back in 2014 when AMD first announced it was pursuing an all-new microarchitecture, old hands recalled the days when the battle between AMD and Intel was fun to be a part of, and users were happy that the competition led to innovation: not soon after, the Core microarchitecture became the dominant force in modern personal computing today. Through the various press release cycles from AMD stemming from that original Zen announcement, the industry is in a whipped frenzy waiting to see if AMD, through rehiring guru Jim Keller and laying the foundations of a wide and deep processor team for the next decade, can hold the incumbent to account. With AMD’s first use of a 14nm FinFET node on CPUs, today is the day Zen hits the shelves and benchmark results can be published: Game On!  "


Posted on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 17:10:29 UTC in AMD by Wesslan

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