After four years and thousands of hours of development,
AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today released the first three models of its highly anticipated, high-performance AMD Ryzen™ desktop processor. Strong demand for these new desktop CPUs drove record pre-orders from more than 180 global etailers 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 microarchitecture, bringing leadership 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 performance1 and the lowest power2 8-core desktop PC processors, bringing the absolute best PC experience to millions of people."
Starting today there are 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.
"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 more than 60% in multi-threaded CPU testing3.
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|Ryzen 5||1600X||6||12||3.6||4.0||Wraith Spire||95||Q2|
|Ryzen 5||1500X||4||8||3.5||3.7||Wraith Spire||65||Q2|
In addition to being 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.
"As the eSports and virtual reality markets continue to grow, Dell is committed to offering cutting-edge technology to enable the best gaming and immersive experiences. We are excited to bring AMD's new high-performance Ryzen processor to select desktop and All-in-One products in the coming months," said Ray Wah, SVP, Consumer Product Group, Dell.
"Experiences like gaming, eSports, and virtual reality push the performance limits of devices," said Mike Nash, chief technologist, vice president of customer experience and portfolio strategy, HP Inc. "We believe there are a set of customers who will benefit from the new AMD technology and HP is excited to offer those customers devices powered by Ryzen."
"Lenovo is always exploring and creating new solutions to bring our customers innovative PCs that provide the most immersive computing experiences," said Johnson Jia, senior vice president, Lenovo's PCs and Smart Device Business Group. "We're excited to take our partnership to the next level with the revolutionary new Ryzen processor."
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 records5. 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.
The freely available Ryzen Master Software utility gives broad control of CPU settings allowing users to squeeze every drop of performance from their CPU6. AMD Ryzen processors are available starting today at select etailers.
For more than 45 years, AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, and the datacenter. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses, and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work, and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) website
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“AMD’s new Ryzen processor is optimized for Windows 10 and DirectX, enabling effortless multimedia experiences for our fans.” said Roanne Sones, General Manager, Strategy and Ecosystem for Windows and Devices, Microsoft. “We worked closely with AMD to enable better graphics and faster memory, providing customers with a seamless and responsive experience that’s compatible with Windows 10 hardware. And soon, gamers and creators alike will get the chance to see how well Ryzen complements the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update.”
"As a pro Dota player and streamer, I have three major requirements of my hardware: smooth gameplay, low latency, and uncompromising consistency to create a reliable practice environment for myself and stream for fans," said Arteezy of Evil Geniuses. "AMD's new processor, Ryzen, is the first one I've used that makes all three possible for the everyday user."
“Customers shop Newegg for the latest CPUs to build or upgrade their computers, and we’re excited to help bring Ryzen to the masses,” said Merle McIntosh, Newegg SVP of Sales & Marketing.
“NCIX is one of North America’s foremost online retailers of PC components,” said Jeff Chiang, Director of Product Management Component Business Development for NCIX. “We have a good sense of what PC enthusiasts find exciting, and they could not be more excited for the release of the new Ryzen processor. Correspondingly, AMD has been a tremendous partner in fulfilling a healthy supply so we can bring the world’s latest and greatest CPU to all of our customers.”
“Excitement surrounding the much anticipated Ryzen launch grows stronger each day.” Herb Doss, Director at Micro Center Electronics, said. “Our ‘enthusiast’ heavy customer base and veteran sales staff eagerly look forward to AMD once again being ‘top dog’ in the ever challenging and changing landscape of today’s power hungry gaming and power user computing needs. The energy preceding Ryzen is sweeping through our stores all across the nation and we cannot wait to see it all unfold!”
“We are excited to be launching the new AM4 Platform with AMD, this platform will support the widely anticipated Ryzen CPUs. As always, GIGABYTE’s AM4 motherboards will provide the signature stability, performance and innovation that many have come to expect from us,” said Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE’s Motherboard Business Unit. “Coupled with AMD’s latest offering, consumers and system integrators will be able to achieve the performance they desire while still being price competitive. We anticipate a successful launch with AMD, having high demands from end-users and businesses alike. AMD’s AM4 platform is the next generation that will innovate and excite the PC market, whether for work-oriented applications or gaming.”
“Our goal was to create desirability and futuristic specification in an AMD Ryzen motherboard,” said James Lee, V.P. of ASRock. “The collaboration between ASRock and AMD is totally going to knock your socks off. Based on AM4 socket, X370 Professional Gaming MB is built with AQUANTIA 5 Gigabit Ethernet which delivers 5X faster LAN speed and realizes next generation technology today!”
”Commenting on the AMD Ryzen motherboard series, Joe Hsieh, ASUS Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Motherboard Business Unit & New Product Planning Division said, "For years ASUS has had a consistent and evolving relationship with AMD. This partnership is based on leveraging each other’s leading technological capabilities to enable an outstanding user experience on the AMD platform. We are excited about our new collaboration to fully unleash the power of AMD’s Ryzen processor — and an ASUS ROG Crosshair Series or Prime Series motherboard is the perfect way to do just that!"
“AMD is finally opening up enthusiast-level processing power to the masses with Ryzen CPUs. Our early testing with Ryzen has yielded incredibly impressive performance numbers.” Says Ahmed Abdelaziz, CEO of CybertronPC. “With the ever-growing popularity of streaming, esports, video editing, and highresolution gaming, processing power is as important as ever. Ryzen is going to tip the scales in favor of price to performance.”
“The potential that AMD Ryzen brings has made it one of the most anticipated product launches of 2017. With Ryzen, AMD has risen again to deliver a product that is an instant contender for gamers looking for that price and performance balance. We, at CyberPowerPC, are excited to be able to offer a complete lineup of enthusiast class performance gaming pcs powered by AMD CPU, Chipset, and Graphics in the near future. “ -- Eric Cheung, CEO CyberPower PC
“ORIGIN PC is highly anticipating Ryzen to be a major milestone for our industry and for AMD. Ryzen offers significant processing performance over its predecessor and has all the potential to be a major game changer!” -- Kevin Wasielewski ORIGIN PC CEO and cofounder.
”Ryzen will create more balance in the CPU market, inspire more competition, and, most importantly, promote technological progress.” -- From May
”Ryzen will influence the trend of the PC market in the next five years, inspiring more innovation and competition in the market.” -- from Pason