AMD Launching Ryzen CPU On 28th February During GDC 2017 – All Set To Become Competitive Again

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Jan 12, 2017
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Sticking to tradition, it would appear that AMD has quietly let out the reveal date of their upcoming Ryzen processor. The schedule note of AMD’s GDC 2017 “Optimizing for AMD Ryzen CPU” might not seem all that interesting on its own, but the brief given on the event page reveals that it will actually take place after the launch of AMD Ryzen. We did a bit of digging around and found out that AMD has plans to launch the Ryzen processor on February 28th.

AMD’s x86 Ryzen processor launching within a few weeks on February 28th during GDC 2017

We have recently been seeing a lot about the Ryzen CPU and the anticipation for its arrival is very high. This is why the date of release becomes especially important. A few months difference could translate into percentage point changes in AMD’s market share. GDC 2017 is going to be held from 27th February to 3rd March 2017 and the processors should be available on the shelves soon after considering this will probably will be a hard launch.The event schedule and the note can be found over here, however, AMD appears to have corrected the slip-up. Fortunately, we took a screenshot so you can still see what the original brief stated.

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The session brief as it originally appeared prior to AMD removing the slip up.

Ryzen’s arrival in the CPU market will, of course, be very disruptive in nature. Personally for me, one of the most interesting aspects of the launch is to see just how Intel reacts because react it must. Intel’s processors are currently priced at a fairly high premium over existing FX CPUs but the primary reason for that was AMD not being competitive as far as that particular lineup went.

With Ryzen however, AMD will be able to go toe to toe with Intel once again and the premium that the blue giant charges its customers must fall with a viable alternative now on the shelves. If Intel does not do that, then it will live to see its market share being eaten alive by Ryzen processors. With the 8 core going head to head against the i7s, the quad-core version of AMD Ryzen will be the one that will really break through Intel’s i3 and i5 ranks. Considering the quad-core version will be able to clock much higher and will have hyper threading, it will be the ideal processor for most gamers and probably at a value oriented price point as well. The TDP of the quad-core units is expected to be around 65 Watts.

Ryzen will be able to offer very competitive performance in the server and enterprise market as well. Unlike games which are usually not optimized to handle a large amount of threads, the server and enterprise applications of the 8-core/16-thread processor will offer much higher value to any buyer. So to sum it up, Intel’s temporary free reign is over and will be facing real competition from AMD this time around.

Keep in mind however, that while the performance gains of Ryzen will help it make inroads towards disrupting the market, the turnaround in market share for the enterprise/server segment will not necessarily be immediately apparent (the gaming one however, should be obvious). This is because these segments usually work on medium to long term contracts and usually have longer sales cycles than the consumer market. Data centres which provide their clients with guarantees of like for like hardware replacements for example will be difficult to dislodge from existing supplier agreements.

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