Regardless of the thread title, both AMD and Intel PC owners are welcome to participate is this thread, post your views and benchmarks.
AMD has been in the doldrums for many years as far as CPU architectures are concerned, and Intel although more expensive have IMO, been worth the extra cash. However, things have changed.
Perhaps Intel have been a bit complacent over the last few years, and just expected PC users would cough up the extra cash for an Intel platform. However, Intel have well and truly been caught with the pants down this time. Intel’s X299 platform is one of the most confusing platforms they have ever released. Having to support CPU’s with 4 cores and all the way up to 18 cores.
Adding to that, the boards have to support both dual channel memory for the 4 core CPU’s and quad channel memory for six core to 18 core CPU’s. Then Intel in there infinite wisdom choose to have X299 CPU’s supporting anything from 16 PCIe3 lanes, all the way up to 44 PCIe3 lanes.
Not only that, they have chosen to reserve the 44 PCIe3 lane CPU’s from 10 core CPU’s or more.
So, if you want a completely unrestricted and fully featured X299 system, you need to spend £1000 on a 10 core CPU, and northwards of £300 for a motherboard, and then add a quad channel DRAM package on top of that.
That brings me neatly to AMD RYZEN. At the moment the top of the range RYZEN CPU’s are designated R7. Currently they have 3 CPU’s in this range, the 1700, 1700X and the 1800X. The R7 range are 8 core 16 thread CPU’s. The top of the range Ryzen motherboards have the X370 chipset, and support 32 PCIe3 lanes from the RYZEN R7 CPU. 24 of them reserved for the two main PCIe3 slots for graphics or storage, 4 PCIe3 lanes reserved for M.2 NVMe, and 4 PCIe3 lanes reserved for USB3.1.
R7 1700 has a base clock of 3GHz with turbo on one core up to 3.6GHz. I paid £283 for mine.
R7 1700X has a base clock of 3.4GHz with turbo on one core up to 3.8GHz, priced at around £329.
R7 1800X has a base clock of 3.6GHz with turbo on one core up to 4GHz, priced around £439.
All R7 CPU’s have unlocked multipliers, so you can overclock them.
I will make something quite clear here. Intel still have the fastest CPU’s at the moment.
Example, Intel Skylake X i7 7820 which is an 8 core 16 thread CPU, just like RYZEN R7 is a faster CPU, but it does cost a good deal more than RYZEN R7, in fact close to £600, and then you have an expensive X299 motherboard to buy, and quad channel DDR4 memory to buy if you don’t already have a kit.
I was able to recycle my dual channel DDR4 DRAM over to my RYZEN build, so my RYZEN build of an R7 1700, and an Asus ROG Crosshair 6 Hero which cost me £493, was actually cheaper than buying the Intel Skylake X i7 7820 CPU on its own.
So far I’ve been able to overclock my RYZEN R7 1700 to 3.8GHz on all cores.
So, I’ve thrown down the gauntlet, and here is the CineBench R15 multi threaded CPU test to beat.
Click on the picture to see it fully.