Have you guys heard the latest news?
A few days ago AMD finally finally finally announced the official release dates for their new CPUs! When building your PC, you’re going to be focusing on a lot of different parts. Builds are insanely complicated, but there’s one critical component your PC can’t run without. That’s right: the central processing unit. The very recent announcement of AMD’s newest processors (the fantastically-named Threadripper) means that there’s one major question on everyone’s minds: who really does it better? Let’s take a look at current standings.
First things first:
The main difference with Ryzen processors (AMD) and i7 processors are the number of cores and threads. Ryzen 7 processors offer 8, whereas Intel i7 processors only have 4. Currently, the processors in the Ryzen line include the Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 7, intended to be direct competitors with Intel’s i3, i5, and i7 CPUs.
Even though the Ryzen line is in its infancy, the processors have shown themselves to be exceedingly quick and competitively priced. Ryzen CPUs offer more cores for lower prices compared to Intel’s i5 and i7 lines. For example, Intel’s Kaby Lake processor can be found online for around $340, compared to AMD’s 7 1700, which can be purchased for about $290.
On the whole, Intel’s Kaby Lake processors perform faster–though not by much. That changes, however, when doing heavy-duty work: think 3D rendering and video encoding. If you do these activities on a regular basis, the Ryzen processors are faster.
When the i7 7000 was overclocked it displayed faster OC single-core and quad-core speed. However, Ryzen took the cake by a large margin during multi-core overclocking. On top of that, Ryzen’s CPUs come unlocked, which means you won’t have to do any extra work to overclock your processor. This is different from Intel, where overclocking capabilities are reserved for the high-end CPUs.
3D Mark + Cinebench tests:
During the 3D Mark tests, the 1800X Ryzen processors scored higher than Intel’s 7700K. The test is made up of 2 graphics tests and 1 CPU tests. The difference lies not in the graphics (which were very close) but the fps. The Ryzen definitely benefits from the extra cores, scoring 26 fps against Intel’s 18.5 fps.
The Cinebench test renders a complex 3D scene and maximizes all cores and threads to do so. Naturally, an eight-core processor like Ryzen should do better than a four-core one. It certainly does. It scores 1,604 compared to Kaby Lake’s paltry 995. And normally, to do heavy editing and rendering tasks you’d want an Intel core i7 6900 K, which scores 1560 on the Mark tests–even at twice the price it still performed worse than the Ryzen.
If you often play games that benefit from 4+ cores (such as Civ and Battlefield 1), you’ll definitely feel a difference with Ryzen. In the future, more and more games will take full advantage of multiple cores so you could view a Ryzen CPU as an investment in the coming games. But if you’re the type to switch out your builds every few years, or you play a broad range of games, Intel still remains the safer option.
If you aren’t doing heavy gaming, it’s not likely you’ll feel the difference between a top-end AMD or a top-end Intel chip. That’s a testament to how far AMD has come. For the first time in years, it’s on a level playing field with Intel: able to match it head-on and even outperform Intel’s chips. It all depends on you: if you’re adventurous and enjoy experimentation, try the AMD. You won’t lose out. On the other hand, if you prefer the industry standard—what’s tried and true—it’d be best to stick to Intel.
If you do any of these activities regularly, I’d recommend the Ryzen:
-3D rendering and video encoding
-streaming games on Twitch or other services without another computer
-a die-hard fan of games that are better supported on multiple cores
Who’s going to win in the future?
Right now, it seems that Intel and AMD are pretty much tied. But what about that new Threadripper line of CPUs? Let’s take a look at the prices:
16-core Threadripper 1950X: $1000
12-core Threadripper 1920X: $800
8-core Threadripper 1900X: $550
Here are Intel’s prices in comparison:
16-core i9 7960X: $1700
12-core i9 7920X: $1200
There you go. Seems like AMD’s goal this year is to disrupt Intel’s hold on the market, and at this rate, they’re definitely going to succeed. The Threadripper series is going to be released around on August 31st. I’m so excited because the tension between Intel and AMD is seriously palpable. I wonder who’s going to win? Maybe, for the first time in years, AMD has Intel beat. That’s no easy feat: Intel has long been the giant of the CPU world. (Secretly, I’m rooting for Threadripper. How cool does that name sound?).
Are you a gaming geek? Do you build (or have you ever built) your own gaming PC? What do you think about the news on Threadripper?