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More AMD Ryzen details, prices, and benchmarks leak

by Mark Tyson on 13 February 2017, 10:06


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We have seen quite a flurry of AMD Ryzen leaks and spills recently. Last week we saw what was described as the full lineup leaked (with 17 processors), some pricing leaks, and some official Zen core design information from AMD engineers at the ISSCC. Over the weekend the deluge has continued; with further details, pricing, and even benchmark leaks.

Full lineup, clockspeeds, with prices

Tech site WCCFTech published what it claimed to be a full AMD Ryzen CPU lineup, clockspeeds, and prices. Its source is Chinese retailer product price list which it has massaged to estimate the US pricing. Let's cut to the chase, the table detailing nine processors is reproduced directly below:

The prices in the above table are in line with some of the earlier retailer price leaks concerning the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, Ryzen 7 1700X, and Ryzen 7 1700. If these launch prices are correct AMD will indeed cause a stir among users, the industry, and investors, with its Ryzen launch.

Cooling and XFR

In the above table you will note there are three frequencies listed for processors. The processors with an 'X' suffix have base, turbo, and XFR frequencies. XFR is thought to stand for 'eXtended Frequency Range' and if the Ryzen X chip is equipped with an approved cooler, the XFR chip will boost higher, depending upon the cooler abilities.

A leaked datasheet published on Anandtech forums, via VideoCardz, shows that the Ryzen 7 1800X, Ryzen 7 1700X, and Ryzen 5 1600X will need special coolers to enable XFR. These CPUs need AMD's HS81 to enable XFR. I guess there will be third party XFR enabling coolers and somewhere a setting to tell your CPU that it has an XFR capable cooler and how high it can be boosted.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X benchmarks

Elsewhere on VideoCardz some AnandTech Forum benchmarks have been reproduced (now removed from the forums). The CPU under test was said to be the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X. The Passmark suite was used and comparisons with high-end Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake chips tabulated alongside the red team's result. I've included some of the results below (summary CPU Mark table, single thread results, and physics frames per second - respectively) but you can get many more via the source link.

It is noted that in the above results Turbo mode for the Ryzen CPU is currently disabled (or undetected), so the performance could increase significantly in a post-launch test on a properly configured system. Furthermore, the AM4 motherboard used was an entry level MSI A320, paired with middling performance memory modules.

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The only alert is when you look at single core/thread results, as its lower. Now we do not know at what freq AMD cpu for running. But as is on slide it is comparable to Intel i7-6950X @ 3Ghz.
Must admit that I'm still finding those prices a touch high, as they'll be US “pre-tax” prices. That means in the UK, we'll be lucky to see the quad core for under 100ukp inc, which is slightly demoralising. Bear in mind that a couple of years ago you could buy a quad-core i5 for 100-110+VAT from Scan as a fairly regular price, it doesn't feel like a big step fowards really. That said, the way Intel have price-gouged subsequently is no joke, and the $/£ ratio isn't doing us any favours.

I'm just looking for a reason to think “ryzen” rather than “3.9ghz i3” at the lower end, esp with many (of my) consumer-levels apps still being primarily single threaded. Bring on the reviews (and boards)!
The only alert is when you look at single core/thread results, as its lower….

Personally I thought the CPU Physics score only matching the i7 7700k would've been the stand out concern.

OTOH those results have more caveats than you can shake a stick at, the first one being the Ryzen results aren't the results of the person running the test so we have *no* idea what the rig actually consists of. We also have no idea of clock speeds, whether the test was run on a stable platform or a buggy ES one (we know that some of the ES platforms had issues with turbo and SMT) … you get the picture ;)

The biggest takeaway is that performance is within spitting distance of Intel's extreme platform, and competitive with their consumer desktop platform. It's a pretty good start, IMNSHO ;)
The whole stack of slides in the leak are here:

Some leaks on US pricing of the Asus motherboards based on Aussie pricing:


LOL,at the pricing of the X370 motherboards if true.


Just checked the pricing of the Asus Z270 motherboards - WTF??



So even at £200 the X370 is “cheaper” - thats mental pricing for the top end consumer line motherboards for both sockets.