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Now That Ryzen Has Dropped, Is It Time For A New Gaming Rig?

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Posted March 23, 2017 by Felisha "Nightingale" Silva in Editorials

For around a decade, pretty much nothing happened in the computer CPU space. Intel continued to churn out processors that were slightly better every year, but we didn’t see anything like the improvements we saw back in the early 2000s.

Many people chalked this up to “Moore’s law” and said that gamers would just have to get used to the fact that improvements in processing power would not continue to increase as they once had. It was just physics.

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But now, with the release of Ryzen, we can tell a different story. Ryzen is AMD’s return to the big time in the processor market. While it’s previous architectures, Bulldozer and Piledriver were entirely disappointing for gamers, Ryzen looks like it’s going to be different: very different indeed.

Many gamers are asking themselves whether it’s worth making the switch from Intel to the new AMD platform based on the reviews of the new Ryzen processors, the 1800X, the 1700X and the 1700. What AMD have done is nothing short of stunning. Not only are Ryzen processors able to match and exceed Intel’s finest in the majority of benchmarks, but they’re also a fraction of the price. Ryzen’s high-end 8-core processors, the 1800X, is less than half the price of the Intel 6900K.

A Word On Ryzen And Gaming

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The price might be right, and the performance in synthetic benchmarks might be good, but gamers are cautious about building or buying new rigs based on Ryzen processors. The reason for this is that Ryzen hasn’t been doing so well in 1080p gaming benchmarks. And since the majority of people play games on 1080p monitors, this is a big problem. You can spend all day looking at recommended gaming desks and fawning over graphics cards, but all that money goes to waste if the processor is bottle-necking the system. So what’s going on here?

The first thing to note is that poor 1080p performance isn’t something we see across the board. In fact, in games where AMD has a close relationship with game developers, game performance in 1080p is on a par with or exceeds that of the current gaming champion from Intel, the 7700K. What this tells us is that the new Ryzen processors are certainly capable of high performance, it’s just that something is holding them back.

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According to Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, what’s holding the processors back in gaming is the fact that Ryzen is a new platform. It turns out that game developers simply haven’t had the chance to optimize their games for the new processor or take advantage of all its features, whereas they’ve spent years optimizing for Intel CPUs.

This is good news for gamers. What it means is that Ryzen will continue to improve in 1080p in the future. In fact, if you look back at their previous top-of-the-range CPU, the FX 8350, that also improved dramatically following its release as game companies provided patches that improved performance. Because of AMD’s close ties to game companies, it’s likely that all major developers will start immediately optimizing for Ryzen chips. And when they do, it’ll be the obvious gaming choice.




About the Author

Felisha "Nightingale" Silva

Salutations! I'm Nightingale, also known to the internet world as 'Geek Mom of Awesomness'! I'm an avid gamer, artist, anime enthusiast, cosplayer, & blogger! I'm a huge Nintendo fan, & a Legend of Zelda fanatic. Growing up, while average little girls were busy playing with Barbies, I was busy mastering the Legend of Zelda, & battling Mother Brain on Super Metroid... I live for my family, my video games, and my art! Hey, wanna game with me? Here are my gamertags, feel free to add me! PS3: Myojin_of_Souls Xbox 360: xXSadisticaXx Wii U: SkywardPrincess

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