AMD Ryzen Aiming At Mainstream PC Market: What It Means For Intel

16 March 2017, 2:01 am EDT By Andrew Norman Tech Times
The Ryzen 5's launch may potentially impact Intel as rival AMD targets the mainstream PC market. Based on early testing by AMD, the Ryzen 5 has proved to be much more efficient than its Intel counterpart.  ( AMD | YouTube )

With the intoduction of the Ryzen 7 and now the launch of the Ryzen 5, AMD seems to be gearing up to throw the gauntlet to Intel, its only competitor when it comes to PC and laptop processors.

While the high-end Ryzen 7 series was touted to be a premium product, its sibling, the Ryzen 5 has now been launched by AMD which is set to rock the consumer market.

AMD Ryzen vs. Intel

It's a smart move from AMD to launch products which would cater to all segments of the customer base. So, while the Ryzen 7 series was marketed to high-end users, the Ryzen 3 is looking to give budget users a taste of the new processor from AMD.

The Ryzen 5, however, will be aimed at the mainstream users who demand good processing power with a moderate price tag. This may in turn hurt Intel's revenue generation especially if AMD succeeds in delivering a better product than the former.

The highest priority for both Intel and AMD for some time has been to capitalize on the huge gaming market. With the advancement of graphical capabilities both the companies have had to build up their technology arsenal so that they can meet the growing demand of gamers.

AMD Ryzen 5

AMD is set to launch four variants in the Ryzen 5 series. The Ryzen 5 1600X will come with six cores and 12 threads and will be clocked at 3.6 GHz, while the Ryzen 5 1600 will boast six cores and 12 threads as well, but it will be clocked at 3.2 GHz.

The Ryzen 5 1500, on the other hand, will house four cores and eight threads and will be clocked at 3.5 GHz. The Ryzen 5 1400 will also house the same number of cores and threads, but it will be clocked at 3.2 GHz.

Benchmarks conducted using the higher variant Ryzen 7 and the latest Intel Core i7 processors have generally favored Intel's chips.

However, tests performed with the Ryzen 5, AMD have been able to match and even outpace the gaming performance when compared to some equal priced Intel Kaby Lake architecture-based processors.

If a benchmark test conducted by AMD itself is to be believed, then it may be true that the Ryzen 5 is not slightly but 69 percent better than Intel's Core i5-7600K based on the Kaby Lake technology.

Ryzen vs. Intel Pricing

While there is no doubt that both Intel and AMD have products which are faring similar performance wise, the latter has managed to keep the prices generally lower than Intel.

The Ryzen 5 series chips start at a modest $169 and even the highest variant, the Ryzen 5 1600X, will retail at $249 which is equal to the price of Intel's Core i5 7600K.

However, it must be noted that when it comes to the Ryzen 7 series, AMD has decided to keep its range at a higher price point than the Intel counterpart.

Still, it remains to be seen what consumers deem to be a better choice, and in the end, it is the customers who will pick a winner in the battle of the processors.

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