How fast is Ryzen?

Published: 13th Feb 2017, 19:47 GMT   Comments

This post is an editorial. We are including new benchmark results, which should theoretically give you something new to discuss, but pleaseee take it with a grain of salt, as there’s simply not enough data to make any final judgments. 

Let’s start with a list of all AMD Ryzen CPUs compared to Intel’s current offering based on available information.

Desktop Processors
ModelCoresThreads Base ClockTurbo ClockTDPChinese Price (Yuans)
Intel Broadwell-E & Kabylake CPUs
Core i7 6950X
 
 
10C
 
 
20T
 
 
3000 MHz
 
 
3500 MHz
 
 
140W
 
 
14999
Core i7 6900K
 
 
8C
 
 
16T
 
 
3200 MHz
 
 
3700 MHz
 
 
140W
 
 
8199
Core i7 6850K
 
 
6C
 
 
12T
 
 
3600 MHz
 
 
3800 MHz
 
 
140W
 
 
4799
Core i7 6800K
 
 
6C
 
 
12T
 
 
3400 MHz
 
 
3600 MHz
 
 
140W
 
 
3399
Core i7 7700K
 
 
4C
 
 
8T
 
 
4200 MHz
 
 
4500 MHz
 
 
91W
 
 
2799
Core i7 7700
 
 
4C
 
 
8T
 
 
3600 MHz
 
 
4200 MHz
 
 
65W
 
 
2499
Core i5 7600K
 
 
4C
 
 
4T
 
 
3800 MHz
 
 
4200 MHz
 
 
91W
 
 
1899
Core i5 7500
 
 
4C
 
 
4T
 
 
3400 MHz
 
 
3800 MHz
 
 
65W
 
 
1579
Core i3 7350K
 
 
2C
 
 
4T
 
 
4200 MHz
 
 
60W
 
 
1399
 AMD Ryzen CPUs
Ryzen 7 1800X
 
 
8C
 
 
16T
 
 
3600 MHz
 
 
4000 MHz
 
 
95W+
 
 
4399
Ryzen 7 1700X
 
 
8C
 
 
16T
 
 
3400 MHz
 
 
3800 MHz
 
 
95W+
 
 
3199
Ryzen 7 1700
 
 
8C
 
 
16T
 
 
3000 MHz
 
 
3700 MHz
 
 
65W
 
 
2599
Ryzen 5 1600X
 
 
6C
 
 
12T
 
 
3300 MHz
 
 
3700 MHz
 
 
95W+
 
 
1999
Ryzen 5 1500
 
 
6C
 
 
12T
 
 
3200 MHz
 
 
3400 MHz
 
 
65W
 
 
1799
Ryzen 5 1400X
 
 
4C
 
 
8T
 
 
3500 MHz
 
 
3900 MHz
 
 
65W
 
 
1599
Ryzen 5 1300
 
 
4C
 
 
8T
 
 
3300 MHz
 
 
3600 MHz
 
 
65W
 
 
1399
Ryzen 3 1200X
 
 
4C
 
 
4T
 
 
3400 MHz
 
 
3800 MHz
 
 
65W
 
 
1199
Ryzen 3 1100
 
 
4C
 
 
4T
 
 
3200 MHz
 
 
3500 MHz
 
 
65W
 
 
999

AMD Ryzen 3DMark Physics

Okay here’s what you were asking for, but first we need to explain what are we showing here. What’s 3DMark Physics score? Physics score is the reason why we never use Overall 3DMark scores, simply because this value is (obviously) only calculated on the CPU, which is kind of useless when benchmarking GPUs. But if we were to benchmark only CPUs, Physics score suddenly becames interesting. The Fire Strike test is really heavy on GPU and CPU. The physics part is very CPU intense and it scales nicely with more cores. But who would explain this better than the 3DMark authors themselves:

 

Physics test
3DMark Fire Strike Physics test benchmarks the hardware’s ability to run gameplay physics simulations on the CPU. The GPU load is kept as low as possible to ensure that only the CPU is stressed. The Bullet Open Source Physics Library is used as the physics library for the test.
The test has 32 simulated worlds. One thread per available CPU core is used to run simulations. All physics are computed on CPU with soft body vertex data updated to GPU each frame.

So basically more cores = better performance, but it also matters how fast each core is.

First, we need data for comparison. We could use the official list from Futuremark, which actually shows slightly lower values than what reviewers can achieve, or we could use a review from Tom’s Hardware #link1 #link2.

 

Legend:

  • AMD Ryzen: ZD3406BAM88F4_38/34_Y — Eight-Core CPU
  • AMD Ryzen: ZD3301BBM6IF4_37/33_Y — Six-Core CPU
  • AMD Ryzen: ZD3201BBM4KF4_34/32_Y — Quad-Core CPU

I think the next chart is far my important. Notice how close all Ryzen CPUs are to each other if we take single-thread performance. Kabylake CPUs really are doing better here, but since Ryzen offers more cores, that difference suddenly becomes unimportant.

The lesson from this is simple. We can finally start benchmarking GPUs with Ryzen.




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