The Ryzen range
Although AMD’s Ryzen 7 series forms the vanguard of its new assault on Intel’s overpriced CPU monopoly, it’s the 5 series that will really throw a spanner into its rival’s works. It promises multithreaded processors featuring both six and four core variants, which means we could be looking at a 12-threaded low-power chips coming in at around £200, and a fourcore eight-thread chip at £140 or less.
With Ryzen 3, we will likely see lower clocked, four-core chips straddling this range too. Although details are currently scarce, rumour has it that these chips will be the APUs of AMD’s new arsenal, delivering HBM and Radeon RX 460 level of performance on processors costing less than £100 a pop, a heady combination.
And then there’s Naples. A server part by design, shows just how well AMD’s architecture scales. Featuring a full SOC design, 64 cores, 128 threads, support for 4TB of EEC DDR4, and 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes direct on the chip, it entirely eliminates the need for a chipset, and stomps the competition while it does it.