The CPU market has been relatively noncompetitive for the past few years, but AMD is bouncing back into competition against Intel with its Ryzen series of central processing units (CPUs). Ryzen is based on AMD’s new Zen architecture and uses the company’s new AM4 socket type. This is the direct successor to AMD’s AM3 and AM3+ socket types.
AMD's Ryzen 7 launch represents more than just a new CPU family. For most of our readers, it signals the return of competition to the enthusiast-oriented processor market. And considering the flagship 1800X’s potent cost advantage compared to Intel's Core i7-6900K, the competitor AMD singled out months ago, Ryzen 7 does deliver. It's just not as universally superior as the company wanted everyone to believe.
The Ryzen 7 family is AMD’s high-end CPU line, all equipped with eight-cores and 16 threads. We’re specifically reviewing the highest-end 1800X model here. It runs at a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 4.0 GHz. Ryzen 7 1800X is aimed at those who are in the market for a CPU that’s competent for gaming, but built to handle multi-core tasks like video production and streaming. It aims to represent a blend of professional use-case scenarios with relative consumer affordability. The buzzword associated with this growing market is “prosumer.”
The evening before launch, AMD sent us a list of games that it says should perform well with Ryzen, including Sniper Elite 4, Battlefield 1, Star Wars: Battlefront, and Overwatch, among others. It’s hard to recommend the Ryzen 7 1800X over Intel's lower-cost quad-core chips for gaming, especially given the Core i7-7700K's impressive performance. The Ryzen 7 1800X is in its element when you throw professional and scientific workloads at it. It isn't the fastest in every high-end benchmark, but any calculation that factors in value almost assuredly goes AMD's way.
The R7 1800X is the flagship CPU in AMD’s Ryzen range of processors and is the top mainstream chip before you get into the ultra-enthusiast Threadripper territory. Inside the R7 1800X are a pair of CCX modules giving it the full eight-core beans with 16 threads of processing grunt to back that up.
- Requires a thermal solution sold separately
- Max Turbo Frequency 4.00 GHz
- 3.6 GHz Clock Speed
- 8 Cores/16 Threads UNLOCKED
- Cache: 4 MB/16 MB (L2/L3);Socket Type: AM4;Extended Frequency Range (XFR)
We expected AMD to have a better explanation for its gaming performance. we would recommend Ryzen 7 1800X for heavily-threaded workloads like rendering and content creation. This top-end Ryzen CPU is quite remarkable. In pretty much any computationally intensive benchmark you care to throw its way the R7 1800X will greedily chomp through it before rapidly coming back for more.In terms of platform the R7 1800X drops into any AM4 motherboard, as all good AMD chips from here on out should.
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