After four years of development, chipmaker AMD released on Thursday, March 2, the first three models of its high-performance AMD Ryzen desktop processor.
Strong demand for the new desktop CPUs drove record pre-orders from more than 180 global retailers and boutique OEMs throughout the week prior to launch.
Now offered for purchase around the globe, Ryzen is the first processor based on the entirely new AMD “Zen” core micro-architecture, bringing multi-core performance for PC gamers, creators, and hardware enthusiasts around the world.
“Today’s launch of Ryzen represents AMD at its best, delivering great products and innovation to the high-performance computing market,” said Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD.
“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.”
There are now three 8-core Ryzen 7 models available. Beginning in Q2, 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.
“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,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager for the computing and graphics group at AMD.
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 more than 60% in multi-threaded CPU testing.
In addition to bing available to DIY builders and boutique PC vendors, in the coming months consumers will also be able to purchase Ryzen-based systems from top PC vendors.
During an event in front of global press, industry analysts, and partners last week, Ryzen CPUs were put through their paces and have already broken world records.
Asus overclocking expert Jon “Elmor” Sandstrom, veteran overclocker Petri “SF3D” Korhonen, and the AMD Ryzen OC team managed to push the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU to over 5.35GHz with record breaking performance in the 8-core CPU category.
The liquid nitrogen-cooled Ryzen CPU completed the industry standard Cinebench R15 and R11.5 tests with scores of 2454 and 27.40.