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Thoughts on AMD Ryzen CPU SKUs

What secret sauce has AMD added to their X-series Ryzen chips? Let's speculate.

Thoughts on AMD Ryzen CPU SKUs

Thoughts on AMD Ryzen CPU SKUs

 

When it comes to leaks it is often difficult to tell fact from fiction. As always none of these leaks should ever be believed at face value, at least until the information is officially confirmed or denied by AMD, though for now here are some thoughts that are based on the information that is available now. 

Right now all leaks have one thing in common, listing CPUs with both X and Non-X variants, leaving many to wonder what the significance of X nomenclature is and how it will affect retail Ryzen CPUs. 

At first glance, many will assume that the X indicated overclocking readiness, just like Intel's K-series CPUs. This is not the case as AMD has announced that all Ryzen CPUs will have an unlocked CPU multiplier, which means that all AMD Ryzen CPUs are overclockable, though the X-naming could indicate whether or not a GPU uses an unlocked base clock or not. 

On common theme in these new Ryzen CPU listings are that X-series CPUs do not come with a stock CPU cooler, being listed as WOF (without a fan), which means that these CPUs will likely require users to also purchase an aftermarket CPU cooler.  

Below is a list of all leaked AMD Ryzen SKUs, with the exception of AMD Pro series Ryzen CPUs, listing two 8-core X-series CPUs, a single 6-core, a single 4 core 8 thread CPU X-series CPU and a single 4-core 4-thread CPU. 

 
AMD Ryzen CPUCore CountThread CountBase Frequency Boost Clock SpeedLeaked US Pricing
R7 1800X8163.6GHz4.0GHz$490.29
R7 1800816- --
R7 1700X8163.4GHz3.8GHz$381.72
R7 17008163.3GHz3.7GHz$316.59
R5 1600X6123.2-3.5GHz --
R5 1500612-
R5 1400X483.2-3.5GHz --
R5 130048 --
R3 1200X443.1-3.4GHz --
R3 110044 --

 

What has been suggested by many is that these new X-series CPUs will come without AMD's reference cooler design and come with support for AMD's Extended Frequency Range (XTR) Technology, which will allow AMD's Ryzen CPUs to achieve higher boost clocks if they are used with a high-end cooling solution.

XFR would act as a great tool for differentiating high-end SKUs from their lower end counterparts, offering what could be referred to as "automatic overclocking" if the CPU is combined with a powerful cooling solution.    

 

Thoughts on AMD Ryzen CPU SKUs

 

What has been suggested by many is that these new X-series CPUs will come without AMD's reference cooler design and come with support for AMD's Extended Frequency Range (XTR) Technology, which will allow AMD's Ryzen CPUs to achieve higher boost clocks if they are used with a high-end cooling solution.

XFR would act as a great tool for differentiating high-end SKUs from their lower end counterparts, offering what could be referred to as "automatic overclocking" if the CPU is combined with a powerful cooling solution. AMD has already stated that extended frequency range will only be available on select AMD Ryzen processors, making the X-series a logical naming scheme to showcase support for this feature.    

  
Thoughts on AMD Ryzen CPU SKUs  

Right now it is unknown how AMD will differentiate their flagship CPUs from their lower-end offerings, apart from obvious changes like clock speeds and core/thread counts. Hopefully, we will hear some more information about Ryzen from AMD soon, as to say the least PC builders are excited at the prospect of some new and competitive gaming products from the company. 

 

You can join the discussion on AMD's X-series Ryzen CPUs on the OC3D Forums

 

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10-02-2017, 09:49:15

Daiyus
Sounds reasonable. In fact I kind of hope it's right; it would mean those of us with overclocking know-how can buy a cheaper SKU and do it manually anyway.Quote

10-02-2017, 10:01:53

Greenback
So the x would probably be much like their black editions which were normally very good for overclockingQuote

10-02-2017, 11:15:11

SeekaX
R7 1700 seems interesting, a shame we are going to get shafted on the price in EU.
Well, i guess it's better to wait for the revised version next year anyways.Quote

10-02-2017, 12:49:36

timothymccann89
It does make me wonder what the point of the in-between non-x CPUs is. Why would anyone buy an R7 1800, when an R7 1700X will boost higher than it?Quote

10-02-2017, 14:31:44

AngryGoldfish
I have no idea how effective this clock regulating technology is going to be. It's interesting to know what the 'X' might stand for, but it's still up in the air as to whether it's worth the price hike.Quote
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