While Intel has largely dominated the processor space in the market, AMD seeks to outshine its rival with Ryzen CPU which comes with a default overclocking mode. AMD announced and demonstrated their next-gen Ryzen CPUs and Vega graphics processors at the Consumer Electronics Show. The company also revealed that Ryzen CPUs will be unlocked and overclocking ready.
At the AMD Ryzen press briefing, the company reiterated that the next-generation CPUs from its Ryzen range will have fully unlocked multipliers, reports UberGizmo. The company said one who buys Ryzen processor will be able to overclock it right after taking it out of the box. AMD is not going to be shipping any locked Ryzen CPUs and that surely is great news for many PC enthusiasts.
The most premium of the Ryzen chips will impress with a base clock speed of 3.6GHz while the turbo boost can go as high as 3.9GHz. The same processors will cross 4GHz mark on all core or go up to 5GHz in a single-core with overclocking.
AMD also promised a hard launch for Ryzen, without any paper launches, limited availability, or limited product introductions. It won’t be limited to the high-end 8-core, 16-thread model AMD’s been showing in all its demos. The new launches will see the debut of multiple configurations of Ryzen CPUs. However, the company didn’t reveal an exact release date for the upcoming range. Furthermore, each and every AM4 motherboard, cooler, and PC that AMD announced last night will be available from day one.
Not All Motherboards Supported?
Of course, you’ll still need decent motherboards for Rzyen overclocking. Ryzen and all of AMD’s new chips will use the unified AM4 socket. This means you can drop any Ryzen CPU into an AM4 motherboard and it will work.
While overclocking is supported for all processors, only the more enthusiast-focused AM4 boards will be able to crank up the speed. Only three motherboard chipsets—X370, X300, and B350 have been confirmed for overclocking support. This shouldn’t be a major issue as the AMD chipsets are really cheaper than Intel counterparts.
Also, the company pointed out that Crossfire and SLI support will only be implemented on the X370 chipset. According to AMD, the relative handful of people who use multi-GPUs always use higher-end motherboards. The price difference between Intel and AMD doesn’t make it much of an issue either.
AMD Ryzen Pricing & Availability
Though Ryzen chips were unveiled via the CES 2017, AMD is silent on the actual release date. Speculations are rife that the two SR7 chips will be outed anytime in February with the SR5 and SR3 coming out in March or April. The high end CPUs will be available in different core counts with the highest being eight cores with support for sixteen threads.
WCCFTech said the price starts at $149 for the SR3 and $249 for the mid-range SR5. The flagships SR7 Black Edition and the regular SR7, will go for $499 and $349, respectively. It is still affordable when compared to the Intel counterparts that normally starts at $1000.
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