AMD’s continuing objective with its products is to introduce compelling choices to its partners and customers, giving end-users various options to build a scalable system that allows them to enjoy incredible power and performance within any budgetary or usage requirements. With the scalability of the AM4 platform, a customer can begin at a modest price point, choosing an AM4 motherboard and accompanying graphics, building on that system over time without needing to replace the whole platform – just one of the many benefits AMD provides.
Below, we’ll provide examples of each market segment, and which components suit those segments best.
Entry Level: For Users Who Need Responsive Everyday Computing Performance
This segment typically requires energy efficiency, with light usage for gaming, multimedia, general web browsing, and similar non-intensive tasks such as word processing. A typical buyer would be someone buying their first system, a general work-place, or anyone with tight budget constraints.
For those requirements, the AMD X300 and A300 chipsets are the clear choices. AMD’s latest offering, the Ryzen™ 2200G and 2400G processors with Radeon™ RX Vega Graphics on-board is the ideal processor option for this bracket. Removing the necessity for a separate graphics card, much of the initial cost of a system build is eliminated – without the equivalent performance loss. Additionally, AMD Ryzen™ processors with Radeon™ graphics are perfect for small form-factor systems, great for those customers looking to save on both space and investment.
With impressive benchmarks and an enticing retail price, customers looking for a low-cost solution will struggle to find a more competitive offering at this price-range, that matches the Ryzen™ 2400G processors performance.
Another suitable system for those who prefer discrete graphics would be a Ryzen™ 3 processor, paired with a Radeon™ RX 560 graphics card– a great combination for a mini-tower set-up. Combining this combination with a traditional hard-drive, will allow users to power most casual games at 1080p with high frame-rates; it’s a perfect low-cost system that can easily be scaled up over time to match increasing demands or advances in technology.
Radeon RX 560 Graphics: Higher Performance vs. the Radeon R7 3601
Mid-Range: High Performance for Gamers and the Starting Point for Creators
Reaching the mid-range segment, user’s demands rise. They may be playing more intensive games, driving more demanding applications, and multi-tasking heavily. They may start to choose upgrades, such as an SSD over a traditional hard-drive for example, and the B350 chipset will likely be their primary option. As such, a higher core and thread count is necessary, which is where the Ryzen™ 5 processor fits in perfectly. With up to 6 cores and 12 threads, there’s plenty of headroom to run even the most demanding professional applications and cutting-edge games.
Couple the Ryzen™ 5 processor with a Radeon™ RX 570 or 580 graphics card, and users will enjoy a system that can push smooth 1440p gaming, VR experiences, and more – without a hitch. With Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition, gamers will enjoy an array of features designed for enhanced gaming experiences, including Radeon™ Chill, ReLive, and Enhanced Sync.
Radeon RX 580 Graphics: Higher Performance vs. the Radeon R9 380 in 1440p2
High-End: Advanced Performance for Gamers, Creators, Enthusiasts, and Multitaskers
At the upper end of the market, demand is high and growing. These users are typically running multiple intensive applications, creating video content, developing software, and playing the most graphically-intensive games.
For a user in this market segment, the clear choices are the Ryzen™ 7 processor paired with the AMD X370 chipset, designed for overclockers and tweakers. With up to 8 cores, 16 threads, and a 20MB cache, even the most intensive tasks are handled with ease. At this level, customers will start to consider a high-speed SSD or NVME drive, where users will enjoy the latest PC titles without being bottle-necked. Even when streaming live gameplay, creative will users enjoy a smooth and powerful experience.
For those customers who want to push the envelope, AMD Ryzen Master will give them the freedom to overclock their processor and maximise performance in their system.3
When it comes to visual fidelity, the powerful Ryzen™ 7 processor demands an equally powerful graphics solution; customers in this market segment will enjoy the power that the Radeon™ RX 580, RX Vega™ 56 and 64 GPUs provide. Able to drive the latest titles at up to 4K comfortably, this range of GPUs are perfect for any user that requires the best of the best that AMD has to offer.
Radeon RX Vega Graphics: Built to deliver exhilarating performance in the newest DirectX 12 and Vulkan games.4
Bonus Round: The Ultimate System for Enthusiasts and Professionals
There are some customers that desire the power and performance to do it all. They seek more horsepower than they’re ever likely to realistically use in their day-to-day computing needs, but enjoy knowing it’s there when they need it.
Enter Ryzen™ Threadripper CPU. Up to 16 cores, 32 threads, and a turbo clock up to 4.0GHz. The 16-core Ryzen Threadripper can do more, faster, than any multi-threaded desktop processor ever before.5 Able to render video, stream, game at high resolutions and frame-rates, all at the same time – it’s for the ultimate power user.
Combine Threadripper with the AMD X399 chipset, and a Radeon™ RX Vega 64 GPU, and remove the limits on your customer’s system usage. One thing to note is that the Ryzen™ Threadripper does use a unique socket, the SocketTR4, meaning AM4 users will need to reconfigure a pre-existing system if they wish to upgrade to the Ryzen™ Threadripper CPU.
Finally, users at this level will accept nothing less than the best parts to go with their set-up, looking at ultra-fast SSD and NVME drive set-ups, multiple GPU-configurations and liquid cooling solutions to cool all that hardware.
System Options by Form Factor
Small Form Factor DT (mITX)
- CyberPower PC Syber C Core 100
- Computer Upgrade King CUK Axiom AMD Radeon Vega Mini Gaming Desktop Computer
Give Your Customer the Right System, At the Right Price
The power of AMD lies in the freedom of choice; no matter what option your customers chooses, they’re able to scale their system from the lowest end of the scale (perfect for those just starting out, or on a stringent budget), all the way to the high-end (up to Ryzen 7 processor) for those who want the ultimate experience.
Offer AMD to your customers, and give them the freedom and power to own a system that’s perfect for them, both now and in the future.
- Testing done by AMD Performance Labs April 11, 2017 using an Intel Core i7 6700K (@4.0GHz), 2x4GB DDR4-2667 MHz memory, AMD web driver 17.1 and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. The following games were tested at 1080p: Civilization 6 (Medium Presets, DX12), DOOM (Medium Presets, Vulkan), Battlefield 1 (Medium Quality, DX12), Hitman (Medium Presets, DX12), and Overwatch (High Settings, DX11). The Radeon™ RX 560 16 CU (4GB) scored 67.9, 67.0, 68.8, 67.6, and 110.5 respectively. The Radeon™ R7 360 scored 43.5, 35.3, 32.1, 46.2, and 74.1 respectively. All scores in average FPS and are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.
- Testing done by AMD Performance Labs March 9 2017 using an Intel Core i7 5960X (@3.0GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, AMD display driver 17.10 and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. The following games were tested at 1440p: Battlefield 1 (Ultra Presets, DX12), Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (High Quality, DX11), For Honor (High Preset, DX11), DOOM (Ultra Presets, Vulkan), and Resident Evil 7 (Ultra Presets, DX11). The Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) scored 65.0, 66.9, 69.5, 73.3 and 74.2 respectively. The Radeon™ R9 380 (4GB) scored 43.5, 43.2, 40.3, 45.3, and 41 respectively. All scores in average FPS and are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.
- 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
- Testing done by AMD Performance Labs July 6 2017 on a test system comprising of an Intel Core i7-7700K (2GHz) CPU, 16GB DDR4 at 3000MHz system memory, internal AMD driver 17.30.1013-170620n and Windows 10 (64-bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. The game Battlefield 1 was tested with Ultra presets on the DirectX® 12 API at the following resolutions: 1920x1080, 2560x1440, and 3840x2160. The Radeon RX Vega 64 scored 130.8, 98.8, and 54.5 respectively. The Radeon R9 Fury X scored 104.4, 81.3, and 40.9 respectively. All scores in FPS and are an average of three test runs. Results may vary upon release of final product and final drivers. VG-12
- 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 scored 2212 for a benchmark score comparison of 3042/2212 = 1.38× or 38% more on AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X; the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 1920X 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 scored 197 for a benchmark score comparison of 167/197 = 0.85× or 15% less on AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X; the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 1920X 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-47
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