​​​There's been a lot of buzz around AMD's latest generation processor line-up, Ryzen™ 3, 5, 7 and Threadripper™, and AMD wanted to share some of the lesser-known and exciting facts that you may not have known about Ryzen CPUs. From pro-gaming teams exclusively using Ryzen to every Ryzen chip housing a true AI, let's explore some of the best parts of AMD's Ryzen processor.

1.  TechRadar called Ryzen™ Threadripper™ the most powerful processor they'd ever tested

With up to 16 cores, 32 threads, and factory unlocked1 out of the box, Threadripper is a performance powerhouse. Designed to steam through digital content creation, 3D rendering, gaming and streaming, CAD work and more, Threadripper offers users a competitively-priced powerful processor that allows them to do everything, at the same time.

TechRadar, a popular online global technology news publication, titled their Threadripper article "The AMD Ryzen Threadripper is the most powerful processor we've ever tested". Read the full article here.

2.  Fnatic, a leader in professional esports, currently uses Ryzen for all of their team PCs

Esports is continuing to rise in popularity, and competitive gamers are constantly looking for the best parts for their systems. Fnatic's PC-based esports teams all use Ryzen processors to power their systems.

With more and more eyes on esports, viewers are starting to look at what esports professionals are using in their systems, and following suit. Fnatic fans' eyes are all on Ryzen, and looking for companies to help them build a Ryzen system.

Find out more here.

3.  AMDs AM4 Socket is fully scalable, from 2-core to 8-core, 16-thread processors

Users continuously demand more from their technology, which is why AMD doesn't believe in artificially holding systems back. The AM4 platform is fully scalable hardware, meaning a consumer with a relatively low budget could start with a 2-core CPU or APU, and upgrade to a 4 or even 8-core/16-thread CPU (such as the Ryzen™ 7 1800X) without having to upgrade their motherboard and accompanying components.

AMD believes in providing users with an easy and simple system design, and that's exactly what Ryzen delivers.

4. The Most Powerful Desktop Processor Today was Originally a Side-Project​

​​Threadripper sprang from the passion of a small group of AMD employees who envisioned a powerful multi-core processor. Today's most powerful8 desktop processor originally started as a passion project before being green-lit.​

5.  The longer Ryzen is out, the more effectively it is deployed

Ryzen is building on its powerful launch. With so many cores and threads, along with a host of intelligent technologies, Ryzen is being used more and more effectively by game developers. Popular games like Total War™: Warhammer®, Ashes of the Singularity™, Rise of the Tomb Raider™, and DOTA™ 2 have all benefited from patches that provided Ryzen users with significant performance increases1.

In this article, Eli Becht discusses how one of the most anticipated game titles this year, Destiny 2, will be taking advantage of additional CPU cores – perfect for an AMD Ryzen user. Destiny 2 also brings 4K ultra-HD support, unlocked frame-rates, and other PC-focused options, allowing AMD users to utilize the full power of their AMD systems to game better than ever.

6.  Ryzen means freedom: a full line of factory unlocked CPUs

AMD believes in user freedom and creativity, which is why every Ryzen CPU comes unlocked2, allowing users to push their hardware further. Users like to select different cooling solutions, and components, and their system builds shouldn't be limited by those choices.

Every Ryzen CPU also comes with Extended Frequency Range3 (XFR), an automated overclocking technology. XFR will dynamically push Ryzen CPUs beyond their SenseMI Precision Boost specification, taking into account CPU temperatures to achieve higher clock frequencies that offer extra processing power. AMD wants to give users the freedom to customise and play with their systems, and multiplier unlocks are part of that ethos.

7.  Ryzen CPUs offer the most memory cache in its class

Ryzen CPUs offer the most cache memory in their respective classes4, featuring more than comparable competitor products currently in market, giving users the most memory with the right data courtesy of Smart Prefetch to speed through tasks, games, and other CPU-dependent tasks.

AMD gives users power to use their system for anything, and leading the way by arming our processors with world-class cache memory featuring SenseMI Smart Prefetch is just one way AMD achieves this aim.

8.  Popular YouTuber, H3H3 Productions, uses Ryzen 7

H3H3 Productions is a YouTube channel with over 4.5 million subscribers. Ethan and Hila Klein have produced countless hours of entertaining video content, all of which takes time and power to render. AMD UK sent H3H3 a Ryzen-based system and now they have the pinnacle of modern multi-core processing power. Ryzen's incredible performance has enabled them to reduce video rendering times, freeing up more time to make more high-quality comedy videos.

9.  Ryzen virtually matches Intel's single-core performance and offers up to 75% higher processing performance than the competition

Clock-for-clock5, Ryzen's single-core performance is on par with Intel's current market offerings. But AMD outshines the competition with the simple fact that Ryzen offers up to 75% higher multi-threaded processing performance than the competition6, bringing incredible prosumer capabilities than ever before. An example of this difference is Intel's 4-thread Core i5-7600K, in comparison to AMD's 12-thread Ryzen 5 1600X, both of which share similar price brackets7.

AMD Ryzen CPUs offer incredible performance, utilizing a stunning array of cores and threads to deliver exceptional performance.

​10. Threadripper is the highest-performance desktop processor ever offered  in a consumer desktop today

With up to 16 cores and 32 threads, there are few tasks Threadripper can't accomplish, from UltraHD video editing, gaming and streaming and recording, to 3D rendering, CAD, and more. Users can do it all – at the same time. Threadripper is the future of power-user builds and gaming while streaming and recording systems, removing the need for dual-system set-ups.

Put simply, Threadripper is the most powerful processor available today that's ever been unleashed on a consumer desktop8. Consumers can utilize the kind of power that's previously been reserved for workstation desktops until now.

Threadripper puts creativity, scalability and freedom into consumer's hands, and incredible performance into their systems. Help unleash that creative potential by offering Thread​ripper.

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Footnotes
  1. Testing by AMD Performance labs as of March 30, 2017 on the following system. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X: Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming5, Ryz​en™ 7 1800X processor, with NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB graphics adapter, 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2933 RAM, Windows 10 RS2 operating system, Graphics driver 378.92 :: 03/30/2017. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may change with different driver versions. In Total War: Warhammer, at 1080p resolution with the high detail preset, the Ryzen 7 1800X achieved 133 FPS avg before the update patch, and 147 FPS after the March 27 'Brettonia' update patch, resulting in a performance increase of up to 10% (147/133=110%). In Ashes of the Singularity, at 1080p resolution with the high detail preset using the normal batches benchmark, the Ryzen 7 1800X achieved 69 FPS avg before the update patch, and 92 FPS after the v2.11 update patch, resulting in a performance increase of up to 33% (92/69=133%). In DOTA2 at 1080p resolution with tournament-optimized quality settings, the Ryzen 7 1800X achieved 79 FPS min before the update patch, and 91 FPS min after the March 20 update patch, resulting in a performance increase of up to 15% (91/79=115%). RZN-52

    Testing by AMD Performance labs as of June 6, 2017 on the following system. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on driver versions used. System configuration: AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X Processor, 2x8GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-36), GeForce GTX 1080 (382.33 driver), Asus Crosshair VI (BIOS 9943), Windows® 10 x64 build 1607, 1920x1080 resolution. ::2017:06:06. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, at 1080p resolution with the medium detail preset, the Ryzen 7 1800X achieved 123.4 FPS avg before the update patch, and 160.2 FPS after the v770.1 update patch, resulting in a performance increase of up to 30% (160.2/123.4=130%). RZN-65

  2. Overclocking AMD processors, including without limitation, altering clock frequencies / multipliers or memory timing / voltage, to operate beyond their stock specifications will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software.  This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer.  Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking AMD processors, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability.  GD-106
  3. AMD defines premium processor cooling as a combination of ambient temperature and thermal solution that results in processor temperatures below 60 degrees Celsius while the CPU is processing the system workload. GD-118
  4. AMD Ryzen 7 processors (MSRP below $800) feature more cache memory than Intel Core i7 processors (under $800 on Newegg.com as of Jan. 27/2017) which have with up to 16.5 MB of cache memory; AMD Ryzen 5 processors (MSRP below $300) feature more cache memory than intel Core i5 processors (under $300 on Newegg.com as of Jan. 27/2017) which have up to 7 MB of cache memory; AMD Ryzen 3 processors (MSRP below $200) feature more cache memory than intel Core i3 processors (under $200 on Newegg.com as of Jan. 27/2017) which feature up to 4.5 MB of cache memory. RZN-2
  5. Testing by AMD Performance labs. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Socket AM4: Ryzen™ 7 1800X processor (@3.5 GHz), with NVIDIA TITAN X (Pascal) 12GB graphics adapter, 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, Windows 10 RS2operating system, Graphics driver 21.21.13.7633 :: 12/11/2016. Socket 2011: STRIX X99 GAMING, Core i7-6900K processor (@3.5 GHz), with NVIDIA TITAN X (Pascal) 12GB graphics adapter, 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, Windows 10 RS2operating system, Graphics driver 21.21.13.7633 :: 12/11/2016. Socket 1151: Z270 SLI, Core i7-7700K processor (@3.5 GHz), with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB graphics adapter, 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, Windows 10 .Cinebench R15 1T is used to represent single-threaded IPC; Test performed with both the Ryzen 7 1700 and Intel Core i7-7700K running at a locked 3.5 GHz clock rate. The Ryzen 7 1700 processor achieved score of 142 in the Cinebench R15 single thread test. The Core i7-6900K processor achieved score of 152 in the Cinebench R15 single thread test. The Core i7-7700K processor achieved score of 146 in the Cinebench R15 single thread test. RZN-12
  6. Testing by AMD Performance labs as of Dec. 11, 2016 on the following systems. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X: Myrtle AM4, Ryzen™ 7 1800X processor, with NVIDIA TITAN X (Pascal) 12GB graphics adapter, 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, Windows 10 RS2operating system, Graphics driver 21.21.13.7633 :: 12/11/2016. Socket AM4: Ryzen™ 7 1700 processor, with NVIDIA GTX 1070 6 GB graphics adapter 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, Windows 10 RS2operating system, Graphics driver 21.21.13.7633 :: 12/11/2016. Socket AM4: Ryzen™ 7 1700X processor, with NVIDIA GTX 1080 6 GB graphics adapter, 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, Windows 10 RS2operating system, Graphics driver 21.21.13.7633 :: 12/11/2016. System Configs: Socket AM4: Ryzen™ 5 1600X processor (6c12t), Fatal1ty AB350 GAMING K4, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics adapter, 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-2933 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows 10 RS2 operating system, Graphics driver 21.21.13.7878. Socket AM4: Ryzen™ 5 1600X processor (6c12t), Ryzen™ 5 1600 processor (6c12t), Ryzen™ 5 1500X processor (4c8t), Ryzen™ 5 1400 processor (4c8t), Fatal1ty AB350 GAMING K4, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics adapter, 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-2933 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows 10 RS2 operating system, Graphics driver 21.21.13.7878 :: 5/1/2017. Socket 1151:  Core i5-7600K processor (4c4t), Core i5-7600 processor (4c4t), Core i5-7500 processor (4c4t), Core i5-7400 processor (4c4t), B250 GAMING M3, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics adapter, 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows 10 RS2 operating system, Graphics driver  21.21.13.7878 :: 5/1/2017.  Socket 2011:  Core-i7 6850K processor (6c12t), STRIX X99 GAMING, NVIDIA GTX 1080 6 GB graphics adapter,16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows 10 RS2 operating system, Graphics driver 378.78. :: 12/11/2016. Core i7-6800K: Extreme: STRIX X99 GAMING, Core i7-6800K Extreme processor, with NVIDIA GTX 1080 6 GB graphics adapter,, 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, Windows 10 RS2operating system, Graphics driver 21.21.13.7633 :: 12/11/2016. Socket 1151: Z270 SLI, Core i7-7700K processor, with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB graphics adapter, 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, Windows 10 RS2operating system, Graphics driver 21.21.13.7633 :: 12/11/2016. Cinebench nt benchmark scores for the following processors are: Core i7-6850K: 1158, Ryzen 7 1800X: 1601.4, up to 38% faster than the Core i7-6850K (1601.4/1158= 138%). Core i7-6800K: 1108.2, Ryzen 7 1700X: 1536.6, up to 38% faster than the Core i7-6800K (1536.6/1108.2= 139%). Core i7-7700K: 966.7, Ryzen 7 1700: 1410.6, up to 46% faster than the Core i7-7700K (1240/705= 146%).  Core i5-7600K: 705.4, Ryzen 5 1600X: 1240.4, up to 75% faster than the Core i5-7600K (1240/705= 175%). Core i5-7600: 651.8, Ryzen 5 1600: 1144.1, up to 75% faster than the Core i5-7600 (1144.1/651.8= 175%). Core i5-7500: 601.2, Ryzen 5 1500X: 811.3, up to 35% faster than the Core i5-7500 (811.3/601.2= 135%). Core i5-7400: 550.8, Ryzen 5 1400: 701.3, up to 27% faster than the Core i5-7400 (811.3/601.2= 127%). RZN-54
  7. Pricing: Core i5-7600K (4c/4t, $239.99 on Newegg.com as of August 23/2017) and Ryzen 5 1600X (6c/12t, $239.99 August 23/2017).
  8. Testing by AMD Performance labs as of July 22, 2017 on the following systems. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on driver versions used. System Configurations: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X processors on an ASUS ROG X399 Zenith Extreme motherboard, Intel Core i9-7900X processor on an X299 AORUS Gaming9 motherboard. All systems equipped with 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows 10 RS2 operating system, Geforce TX 1080 Ti graphics adapter, Graphics driver 384.76 :: 7/22/2017. Cinebench R15 nT is used to simulate multi-threaded CPU performance; the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 1950X scored 3042, while the Intel Core i9-7900X Extreme (Intel's fastest consumer desktop processor) scored 2212 for a benchmark score comparison of 3042/2212 = 1.38× or 38% more on AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X; the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 1950X scored 2451 for a benchmark score comparison of 2451/2212 = 1.11× or 11% more on AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X.

    Cinebench R15 1T is used to simulate single-threaded CPU performance; the AMD Ryzen™. Threadripper 1950X scored 167, while the Intel Core i9-7900X Extreme (Intel's fastest consumer desktop processor) scored 197 for a benchmark score comparison of 167/197 = 0.85× or 15% less on AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X; the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 1950X scored 167 for a benchmark score comparison of 167/197 = 0.85× or 15% less on AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X. The AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 1950X scored 3042, while the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (AMD's fastest consumer desktop processor prior to Threadripper) scored 1601 for a benchmark score comparison of 3042/1601 = 1.90× or 90% more on AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X.  RZN-46

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