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The Balance of Power Has Shifted
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AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X: World’s fastest 8-core consumer desktop processor***
AMD Ryzen Ready AM4 Chipsets and Motherboards
AMD Socket AM4 represents the company’s new future-proof platform.3
Designed as the flagship model of AMD’s multi-core processors, the Ryzen 7 1800X 3.6 GHz Eight-Core AM4 Processor from AMD has a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz and a maximum turbo frequency of 4.0 GHz. Additionally, this processor features eight cores with sixteen threads in an AM4 socket and has 16MB of L3 cache memory. Having eight cores allows the processor to run multiple programs simultaneously without slowing down the system, while the sixteen threads allow a basic ordered sequence of instructions to be passed through or processed by a single CPU core. This processor has a TDP of 95W and supports Extended Frequency Range (XFR), dual-channel DDR4 memory, AVX 2.0 extensions, 14nm semiconductor technology, AMD SenseMI technology, FMA3, and AMD Virtualization.
Graphically, the Ryzen 7 1800X 3.6 GHz Eight-Core AM4 Processor does not contain any integrated graphics, meaning that users will need to purchase a dedicated graphics card of their choice. It is also unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked past its maximum turbo frequency. However, this is not recommended, as it will cause the processor to run much hotter. This CPU is protected by a limited 2-year warranty.
AMD Socket AM4 Platform
- AM4 Socket
- Ready for AMD Ryzen processors, AMD Socket AM4 represents the company’s future-proof platform targeting the fast DDR4 memory, PCIe 3.0, and NVMe technologies available, as well as native 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 support and processor-direct SATA and USB connectivity that is configurable for real-world flexibility.
“Zen” Core Architecture
- High Performance and Efficiency
- AMD’s high-performance x86 Core “Zen” architecture helps delivers >52% improvement in instructions per clock cycle over the previous generation AMD core, without increasing power.
- Compute Efficiency
- The “Zen” core is an all-new “clean sheet” x86 processor design that combines high-throughput and low-power design methodologies to create a balanced and versatile architecture right at home in the desktop, laptop, datacenter, and supercomputer.
- Performance and Efficiency for Next-Gen Applications
- Cloud computing, enterprise productivity, immersive visual experiences, gaming, and data security open up new frontiers – and demand more computing performance with improved energy efficiency. AMD engineers designed the “Zen” core to meet those demands with a high-performance execution engine, large caches, and powerful multi-threading capabilities.
- “Zen” Microarchitecture Details
- “Zen” cores are designed to efficiently use available micro-architectural resources for improved compute performance. Compared to AMD’s previous architecture, three-tier cache system and pre-fetch algorithms enable higher throughput in the cache and execution engines.
AMD SenseMI Technology
- Pure Power
- Cool and quiet processor operation using a grid of smart sensors:
- Monitors CPU temperature, resource usage, and power draw
- Adaptive control optimizes power draw for almost any workload
- Minimized power consumption helps reduce system heat and noise
- Precision Boost
- Fine-tuned processor performance adjusted in real time to meet the performance demands of your game or app:
- Adjusts clock speeds in 25 MHz increments to help optimize performance
- Clock-speed changes can occur without pausing work
- High-precision tuning with 25 MHz increments
- Extended Frequency Range (XFR)
- Automatic extra performance boost for enthusiasts with premium systems and processor cooling:
- Permits CPU speeds above and beyond ordinary Precision Boost limits
- Clock speed scales with cooling solution: air, water, and LN2
- Fully automated; no user input required
- Neural Net Prediction
- Built-in artificial intelligence that primes your processor to tackle your app workload more efficiently:
- Builds a temporary map of how your programs use the CPU
- Prepares the fastest processor pathways for your app’s behaviors
- Smart Prefetch
- Learning algorithms that predict and pre-load needed data for fast and responsive computing:
- Learns how your applications access their own data
- Sophisticated algorithms anticipate and pre-load that data into the AMD Ryzen processor
- Vital data is ready when you are, enabling improved performance
AMD Ryzen Master Utility
- AMD Ryzen Master
- Every AMD Ryzen processor is multiplier-unlocked from the factory, so you can personalize performance to your taste. AMD provides the AMD Ryzen Master utility to access this powerful advantage.
- Personalized Performance
- AMD Ryzen Master provides for up to four profiles to store custom clocks and voltage adjustments for both the Ryzen CPU and DDR4 memory. You can park cores and adjust memory timings, too.
- System Monitoring
- Accurate hardware status updates are vital, so AMD Ryzen Master has you covered with both real-time monitoring and a histogram of per-core clock rates and temperature, including average and peak readings.
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Brief Description
The Ryzen 7 1800X is an 8 core 16 thread CPU. Clocked at 3.6 GHz with a boost clock goes all the way up to 4.0 GHz and a little extra wiggle room when the CPU hits 4.1 GHz thanks to XFR (Extended Frequency Range).
The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X represents the pinnacle of modern processing power. Push the envelope with 8 processor cores, 16 threads, and the highest clock rates you can get on the advanced Socket AM4 platform. Featuring true machine intelligence via AMD SenseMI technology, AMD’s Ryzen1800X lets you push the limits even further with Extended Frequency Range (XFR) to lift the maximum boost frequency in the presence of better cooling. REQUIRES A CPU COOLER AND DISCRETE GRAPHICS CARD, NOT INCLUDED.
Far Cry Primal is a game that is multi-core aware, but is powered by a dominant single thread. Here we see the more slowly clocked eight-core chips on Intel’s older architectures easily beaten by both Kaby Lake processors, but Ryzen is also significantly behind. Crysis 3 remains one of the best multithreaded gaming workouts and acquits itself well with the 1800X (more so than the numbers suggest, as we shall discover) but the disappointing Tomb Raider result is strange: this game scales up adequately on the Intel eight-core processors – something of a rarity – but Ryzen disappoints. The frame-rate result is sub-par even compared to a stock 7600K, but we should stress that a look at frame-times shows less microstutter, a similar situation to an i7. Tomb Raider really does like threads – and lots of them.
Looking at the Crysis 3 test in more detail, the i7 7700K inches to victory over Ryzen, but the nature of the test result is a touch questionable. In detail-intensive, rich scenes, Ryzen pushes ahead. When the visuals are far less complex, the i7 7700K pulls way, way into the lead. Given the choice we would prefer a processor that handles the bottom end better – and in this case, that’s Ryzen. However, based on our sample at least, this is an outlier. As things stand, the 7700K looks like the better bet. AMD’s response to Ryzen’s sub-par 1080p showing is to encourage reviewers and users to test at higher resolutions, where the processor’s fortunes are healthier. We weren’t so sure that this was a fair test – our initial thought is that this simply brings CPU scores more closely into line by adding the GPU as an artificial limiting factor. Well, that is indeed the case, but this is a new platform with its own strengths and weaknesses, and there’s no harm in testing.
|1080p/Titan X OC||Ryzen 7 1800X||Core i5 7600K||Core i7 7700K||Core i7 5960X||Core i7 6900K|
|Memory Frequency||3200MHz DDR4||3000MHz DDR4||3000MHz DDR4||3200MHz DDR4||3200MHz DDR4|
|Assassin’s Creed Unity, Ultra High, FXAA||119.4||121.4||132.2||124.4||122.1|
|Ashes of the Singularity, DX12, CPU Test||35.3||29.6||41.9||45.5||46.6|
|Crysis 3, Very High, SMAA T2x||137.5||99.4||138.2||140.2||150.8|
|The Division, Ultra, SMAA||125.3||132.0||133.8||130.1||131.4|
|Far Cry Primal, Ultra, SMAA||91.1||117.2||137.9||101.3||105.6|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider DX12, Very High, SMAA||85.8||89.7||126.5||128.0||129.0|
|The Witcher 3, Ultra, No Hairworks||118.8||97.7||139.4||132.8||134.3|
In re-benching at 1440p, we omitted Ashes of the Singularity’s CPU test (it does not stress graphics much, and would not show much change) but by and large, you can see why AMD prefers that we use a higher resolution for gaming benchmarks. Even with an overclocked Titan X Pascal in play, frame-rates are depressed, giving more ‘breathing room’ to the processor. In short, more of the i7’s headroom is left on the table, and Ryzen 7 is able to compete more closely. In a ‘real world’ gaming scenario, it’s unlikely that you’ll be using a GTX 1080 Ti or a Titan X, so you should see even closer performance on today’s GPUs. However, if you’re looking for the most ‘lastable’ CPU – the benchmarks basically work as a smokescreen in masking the actual top-end performance of each chip.
After more than four years of work on the new “Zen” microarchitecture for their x86 processors, the beginning of 2017 heralds AMD’s fresh attempt at recapturing the high-end segment. After having previously abandoned this front in the eternal battle between David and Goliath, AMD has rolled out the heavy guns in the form of a cutting-edge processor design going by the name of Ryzen.
Massive performance improvements in every respect mean that AMD’s Ryzen quad-core, hexa-core and octa-core CPUs handily outperform their predecessors and combine innovative features with a pioneering platform as well as cutting-edge I/O interfaces. And yet AMD’s new “Zen” architecture is so flexible and versatile that they can be installed into high-end desktop platforms as well as mainstream APUs utilising integrated graphics, and enabling the processors to scale from high-performance servers for data centres all the way down to fan-less mobile platforms, has brought forth an array of performance-enhancing features and characteristics to their intended fields. This is how the chip manufacturer intends to pave the way for a dazzling comeback, and AMD has laid the foundations to this approach for the next few years on the broad shoulders of the AM4 platform. As the underdog in the battle for supreme processing power, AMD continues to offer their customers an extremely attractive price-to-performance ratio in the new range of Ryzen CPUs.
The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 3,6 GHz 8-Core Processor at a Glance:
- 8 “Zen” cores with a low 95 Watt Thermal Design Power (TDP)
- 16 Threads thanks to Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT)
- Very high single- and multi-thread performance
- 3,6 GHz Base- & 4,0 GHz Turbo Clock with Precision Boost
- “X” Version with automatic XFR overclocking
- Unlocked multiplier for manual overclocking (unlocked CPU)
- Large memory cache: 4 MB L2 & 16 MB L3
- Highly efficient, non-planar 14 Nanometre FinFET transistors
- AVX2 instruction set extensions for complex vector calculations
- Two AES units for fast and reliable data encryption
- Modern AM4 platform with extensive features
- Supports energy efficient DDR4-RAM (Dual-Channel)
- Attention: Boxed version without CPU cooler
AMD ZEN – SCALABLE ARCHITECTURE WITH PRECISION BOOST TECHNOLOGY
In addition to these improvements the chip architecture also produces less heat and operates more quietly than any of its predecessors and is specially designed and optimised to work at high clock frequencies. These optimisations are due in part to the drastic improvements in energy efficiency and the low 95 Watt Thermal Design Power (TDP) of the CPU cores. The impressive specifications of this processor demonstrate the extent to which AMD’s time has been invested into research and development. This goes a long way towards explaining the massive single-thread performance increase of up to 40% in terms of Instructions Per Cycle (IPC) as well as the manner in which the processor excels in highly parallelised multi-thread applications. These combined factors result in consistent and optimal performance.
The silicon is lithographed in the advanced 14 nm FinFET manufacturing process with stacked transistors (also known as 3D transistors). This striking reduction in scale has resulted in space being freed up on the processor die, thereby permitting the integration of a total of 4 MB Level 2 Cache and a full 16 MB Level 3 Cache into the centrepiece of the PC. Due to the intelligently controlled cache buffer and thanks to the “Smart Prefetch” predictive algorithms, Ryzen is capable of ensuring instantaneous data access and swift compute performance in all use cases – irrespective of whether the task involves gaming and Virtual Reality or cloud computing and virtualisation.
EXTENDED FREQUENCY RANGE (XFR) FOR AUTOMATIC OVERCLOCKING
The days of racking your brains perfecting the art of the manual overclock are at an end as the CPU can control the entire process itself: As one of the “X” variants, the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X is equipped with the revolutionary Auto-OC feature known as Extended Frequency Range (XFR) to allow the processor’s clock frequency to be drastically increased over the factory-set boost clock, provided sufficient cooling is supplied to the processor. As soon as the integrated CPU sensors detect the need for greater heat dissipation, the Ryzen CPU adjusts its clock rates to the respective cooling solution accordingly.
User intervention is therefore unnecessary – overclocking has never been so easy! Depending on whether CPU temperatures are being maintained by a comparably-small air cooler, a large (dual-) tower cooler, a more capable AiO or custom water cooler, or even extreme liquid cooling options like LN2, XFR affords access to premium- and enthusiast-level clock frequencies tailored to the degree of cooling performance provided.
Unlocked CPU: Foolproof Overclocking Thanks to the Unlocked Multiplier
All AMD Ryzen CPUs are “unlocked” and come with – as was the case with the “Black Editions” and “K” variants of earlier product ranges – an unlocked multiplier that allows overclockers to attain relatively high clock rates in a virtually foolproof manner. The aforementioned overclocks are easily achievable via manual alterations to the BIOS or UEFI, or by means of software tools designed for increasing the maximum factory-set boost clocks. Both an overclocking-friendly chipset such as the AMD X370, B350, or X300, as well as additional 3rd party cooling is necessary.
CUTTING-EDGE & LUXURIOUSLY-FEATURED: THE AM4 PLATFORM
Motherboards equipped with the AM4 socket serve as the foundation for AMD’s range of Ryzen CPUs, and they also offer cutting-edge interfaces. The CPU itself possesses four dedicated PCI-Express 3.0 lanes providing compatibility with modern SATA and PCI-Express SSDs in both M.2 and U.2 formats as well as support for the NVM-Express protocol (NVMe for short). A further 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes deliver abundant bandwidth for even high-end gaming graphics cards. Additional PCIe lanes for data storage, expansion cards and peripheral devices are allocated separately, dependent upon the chipset of the motherboard. The new AM4 platform also supports up-to-date external device interfaces like USB 3.1 Gen 2 with Type A and/or Type C connectors and high data transfer rates of up to 10 Gbit/s. The CPU’s integrated memory controller supports AM4 motherboards as well as speedy and energy-efficient DDR4-RAM in dual-channel mode with or without ECC error correction.
Ryzen processors are also continually monitored by AMD’s special “Pure Power” sensors. These sensors monitor temperatures, voltages and frequencies in order to perfectly tailor energy usage with an eye to different use case scenarios. Even with respect to SIMD instruction set extension AMD is now pulling up equal to the competition and has now mastered AVX2 (Advanced Vector Extensions), which enable dramatic performance improvements in floating-point calculations in scientific simulations, video-, picture- and audio editing, as well as video games and multimedia applications, in so far as the application supports this feature.
Note: This is a “WOF” boxed version that does not include a bundled CPU cooler. All AMD Ryzen CPUs also require an AM4-compatible motherboard.
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
Manufacturing Process: 14 nm FinFET
- CPU Cores: 8 / 16 (physical / virtual)
- CPU Frequency:
Base Clock: 3,6 GHz
Boost Clock: max. 4,0 GHz (Precision Boost)
OC: 4,0+ GHz (XFR automated)
- Level 2 Cache: 4 MB (512 KB per core)
- Level 3 Cache: 16 MB (2 MB per core)
- Integrated PCI-Express 3.0 Lanes:
x24 (x16 for GPU + x4 for SSD + x4 for Chipset)
Memory Controller: internal
Memory Channels: 2
Memory Standard: DDR4 (ECC & non-ECC)
- TDP: 95 Watt
- Socket Compatibility: AM4
- Instruction Set Extensions:
SMT (Simultaneous Multithreading)
X86-64 (64-Bit Processor AMD64)
AMD-V (Compute Virtualisation)
VT-Vi (I/O MMU Virtualisation)
2x AES Units (Encryption)
AVX & AVX2 (Advanced Vector Extensions)
NX-Bit (Virus Protection) & EVP (Extended Virus Protection)
TBT 3.0 (Turbo Core 3.0)
- Special Feature: