AMD Ryzen 7 desktop CPUs promise ‘record-breaking’ overclocking

March 03, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
The more extreme proponents of wringing every last fragment of performance from an x86 processor by overclocking have a new chip to work with; AMD has released its Ryzen 7 processors and says they are, “Set to reinvigorate the desktop computing market”.

After four years’ development, AMD has released the first three models of its high-performance AMD Ryzen desktop processor, reporting “record pre-orders from more than 180 global retailers and boutique OEMs”, throughout the week prior to launch. Ryzen is the first processor based on the entirely new AMD “Zen” core microarchitecture, extending multi-core performance for PC gamers, creators, and hardware enthusiasts around the world.


Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD, said, “With Ryzen 7 desktop processors, AMD delivers to PC gamers, prosumers and enthusiasts both the highest performance and the lowest power 8-core desktop PC processors, bringing the absolute best PC experience to millions of people.”


Three 8-core Ryzen 7 models available. Beginning in Q2 (2017) AMD expects to launch 6- and 4-core Ryzen 5 processors followed later this year by Ryzen 3, which is designed to bring more performance to mainstream applications. All Ryzen processors support the new AM4 infrastructure, with motherboard designs available from top ODMs.


“Ryzen processors incorporate intelligent, performance-boosting technology that provides PC gamers, prosumers, and enthusiasts with incredible responsiveness, outstanding performance, and more immersive experiences, all in an extremely efficient package,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD. “In the near future we will bring to market additional lines of Ryzen processors, scaling from Ryzen 7 in the enthusiast segment, through high performance users with Ryzen 5, and then mainstream users with Ryzen 3. This CPU portfolio represents disruptive price-to-performance and compelling top-to-bottom features like unlocked CPU multipliers and AMD SenseMI Technology.”


Alongside Ryzen 7 processors, AMD also announced the product specifications for two Ryzen 5 processors, and demonstrated the flagship Ryzen 5 1600X beating the flagship Intel Core i5 7600K by [a claimed] more than 60% in multi-threaded CPU testing.



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