AMD Puts More Pressure on Intel with Threadripper and Ryzen 3

With the release of the Zen architecture and the Ryzen product family for consumer PCs, AMD started down a path of growth in the processor market that it has been absent from for basically a decade. The Ryzen 7 processor family directly targets the Intel Core i7 line of CPUs that have been incredibly dominant and turns the market on its side by doubling core and thread counts at like price points. The platform surrounding the CPU was modernized, leaving very little on the feature list that AMD couldn’t match to Intel’s own. Followed by the Ryzen 5 launch a few weeks later, AMD continued the trend by releasing processors with higher core and thread counts at every price bracket.

More recently the EPYC server and data center processor marked AMD’s first entry for the enterprise markets since Opteron, a move that threatens at least some portion of the 99.5% market share that Intel currently holds. By once again combining higher core counts with aggressive pricing, EPYC will be a strong force in the single and dual-socket markets immediately, leaving the door open for further integration with large data center customers that see firsthand the value AMD can offer compared to the somewhat stagnant Xeon product family.

Though reviews aren’t launching for another couple of weeks, on Thursday AMD showed all of its cards for the summer’s hottest CPU launch, Ryzen Threadripper. With the hyper-aggressive naming scheme to go along with it, Threadripper will be a high-core-count processor and platform, based on the EPYC socket and design, targeting the high-end desktop market (HEDT) that Intel has had to itself for nearly that same 10-year window. Intel was the first to recognize the value of taking its Xeon product family, lowering features a slight degree, and then sell it to eager PC enthusiasts that want the best of the best. Families like Broadwell-E, Sandy Bridge-E, and most recently, Skylake-X that was released in June, have dominated the small, but very profitable, segment of the market for overclockers, extreme gamers, and prosumers that need top level multi-threaded performance.

CEO Lisa Su and CVP of marketing John Taylor took the wraps off the clocks, core counts, and prices in a video launched on the company’s YouTube page, along with a blog post from SVP of compute Jim Anderson, showing confidence in AMD’s message. Available in early August, Threadripper will exist as a 12-core/24-thread 1920X with frequencies as high as 4.0 GHz for $799 AND as a 16-core/32-thread 1950X hitting the same 4.0 GHz for $999. No doubt these are high costs for consumer processors, but compared to the competing solutions from Intel, AMD is pricing them very aggressively, following the same strategy that has caused market disruption with the Ryzen 7 and 5 releases. Intel’s $999 Core i9-7900X is a 10-core/20-thread part, putting it at a disadvantage for multi-threaded workloads despite having an advantage in single threaded performance based on architectural design.

Impressive speeds aside, what does this mean for AMD as we get into the heat of summer? I expect Ryzen Threadripper to be a high-demand product compared to the Skylake-X solution, giving AMD the mindshare and high margin space to continue seeing the benefits of its investment in Zen and the Ryzen family. Intel had already reacted to the Ryzen 7 launch with price drops and adjustments to the timing of Skylake-X but arguably not to the degree necessary to maintain price-to-performance leadership across the board. Threadripper will offer heavy multi-taskers, video editors, 3D animators, and other prosumer style users a better solution at a lower price point based on performance estimates.

AMD did release one benchmark metric for us to analyze until full reviews come out in August. Cinebench R15 is an industry standard test that runs a ray-traced rendering pass on a specific data set, timing it to generate a higher-is-better score. The Core i9-7900X, the current flagship part from Intel that sells for $999, generates a score of 2186. The upcoming Threadripper 1920X (12-cores) scores 2431, 12% higher than the Intel processor that costs $200 more. Like-for-like pricing competition from the Threadripper 1950X (16-cores) scores 3046, a full 39% faster than what Intel currently has on the market.

Intel has on its roadmap for releasing Skylake-X parts up to 18-cores but we won’t see them until September or October, and prices there hit as high as $1999.
Along with the high-end desktop announcement of Threadripper, AMD also revealed some details on the Ryzen 3 processor SKUs that will offer direct competition to the high volume Intel Core i3 family. The Ryzen 3 1200 will have 4-cores, 4-threads and a clock speed running up to 3.4 GHz while the Ryzen 3 1300X is 4-core/4-thread and a 3.7 GHz peak frequency. The advantages that AMD offers here remain in line with entire Ryzen family – higher core counts than Intel at the same or better price. The Core i3 line from Intel runs 2-core/4-thread configurations, so Ryzen 3 should offer noticeably better multi-threaded performance with four “true cores” at work. No pricing information is available yet, but the parts should be on store shelves July 27th, so we will know soon.

In the span of just five months, AMD has gone from a distant competitor in the CPU space to a significant player with aggressive, high-performance products positioned to target market share growth. The release of Threadripper will spike the core-count race in consumer devices, enabling further development for high-performance computing but also gives AMD an avenue for higher-margin ASPs and the “halo product effect” that attracts enthusiasts and impacts the buying decisions for all product families below it. AMD has a long way to go to get back to where it was in 2006 but the team has built a combination of technology and products that might get it there.

Published by

Ryan Shrout

Ryan is the founder and lead analyst at Shrout Research, consulting and advising leaders in the mobile, graphics, processors and platforms. With more than 17 years of experience evaluating and analyzing hardware and technology as the owner of PC Perspective, Ryan has a breadth of knowledge in nearly all fields of hardware including CPUs, GPUs, SoC design, memory systems, storage, graphics, displays and their integration into smartphones, laptops, PCs and VR headsets. Ryan has worked with nearly every major technology giant and their product management teams including Intel, Qualcomm, AMD, NVIDIA, MediaTek, Dell, Lenovo, Huawei, HTC, Samsung, ASUS, Oculus, Microsoft and Adobe. With a focus on in-depth and real-world testing and with nearly two decades of hands-on experience, he focuses Shrout Research on bringing valuable insight on competitive analysis, consumer product expectations and real-world experience comparisons.

One thought on “AMD Puts More Pressure on Intel with Threadripper and Ryzen 3”

  1. UEFA Ladies’s Champions League and the final group will get relegated to the Women’s 1.Division. The 2011-12 season was the primary to last over the winter month. The 2018 Russian Women’s Soccer Championship was the twenty seventh season of the Russian women’s soccer top stage league. “” is a Russian and Ukrainian girls dating site that makes it easy for males who’re on the lookout for Russian ladies to fulfill single women in the UK. However we’ve got discovered a few qualities which are essential for ladies from this country! It couldn’t damage to learn about costumes in the country in addition to a bit concerning the superstitions and religions which are well-liked in the country. As we have already talked about, Russia is the country where there still is a social “rule” to marry at a comparatively young age. And additionally they discover that there’s a still rising variety of Russian women – and personally know ladies- who’re completely satisfied married with a foreigner. In reality should you have been lucky sufficient to bump into a effectively-established free Russian dating sites chances are high that it would be run by a few professionally qualified Russian ladies with enormous expertise in meeting overseas guys.

    Nevertheless, there’s one factor we all know dating russian women for positive: these Sexiest ladies are scorching. However, Russian ladies have much more to supply than just their improbable appears to be like, and here is all the things you might want to learn about dating a Russian girl. They don’t provide themselves “on the market”. Once you get the prospect up to now a Russian lady, you’ll understand that you just lastly have the courage to do plenty of adventurous stuff you never thought you have been able to. You may have to put a lot of thought into these presents, however in the event you manage to purchase her the right present, she’ll respect you much more. The recent roles in Russia are clearly defined, perhaps this could also be a results of leader age-lengthy Russian custom. This is bound to enhance your relationship a Russian woman online! It is part of their culture, and you’ll hardly meet a egocentric woman who desires to take care of herself solely on a Russian girl courting service. Furthermore, Russian girls are famously faithful. We all know that no one is perfect, however try to mask a few of your fears when you’re going out with ladies of Russian origins. Here, we are going to show what to count on from relationship a Russian girl for real!

    People really are into dating Russian girls. Galina Ponomaryova, 63, has been a relationship coach for 15 years. The truth is, regardless that our Russian marriage was years in the past, we wake up in each other’s arms each morning feeling like we’re nonetheless on our honeymoon! All sexy Russian brides like being complimented and appreciated. They’d like the idea of bringing the youngsters up themselves, without the help of baby-sitters, to be consistently close to, educate and train the most important values. They wish to take care of their home with their delicate female fingers, making it neat, snug, tidy and good. They would also be completely satisfied to take care of their husband, giving him their love and respect. You simply should know what works on your particular tastes and take the time to acquire it. Exit and have some enjoyable and present your associate you may equal her ranges of enjoyable too. With as lots of them on the market as there may be, how might you not?

    There are numerous methods to shock a sexy Russian bride. Ensure that you’ve got something to discuss earlier than you make your mind to have a russian with one of many sexy younger Russian girls. We make it simple for you by placing all you need to know in one place. The conversations with them at all times move smoothly, and if you happen to ask for advice, you’ll likely to get an amazing one. In fact, one can not assume that every single Russian girl is trying for a similar kind of guy. Our relationship site and international matchmaking service introduces you to stunning Russian and Ukrainian ladies who’re searching for a good hearted man to share love and romance. The funding that was out there came from worldwide ladies’s funding organizations. The uniform of the Russian Women’s Fascist Movement was a white blouse, black skirt, black bow-bow and a swastika on the left sleeve.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *