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  1. #16
    Insane as it is, in the enterprise AMD just isn't going to get a foothold any time soon. There is simply too much superstition around anything that isn't "the usual". I see it all the time. It almost doesn't matter how good the product is, or how much it would save.

    I can see a very, very small number of home enthusiasts having a need for a chip like this,maybe limited opportunities in SME.

    AMD need to get Ryzen 5 out
    If they haven't already shot themselves in the foot with Ryzen 7, that chip has possibilities. Unfortunately the Ryzen range now has a tarnished name, before it's mass market offering is even there.

    The upcoming Ryzen APU should be interesting.

  2. #17
    I think you're right. Unfortunately AMD haven't proven themselves to be the consistent innovator that Intel is (even if that level of innovation is questionable). The tic-tok cycle of Intel stuff has been going on 7 years(?) now and a lot of server hosting business literally build their hardware budgets around this consistent cycle of tech and know when it's a good idea to be buying new, buying a generation behind or just selling old stock. That's a level of comfort Ryzen doesn't have yet.

  3. #18
    Actually. AMD make nice products, and Ryzen is a good line of chips.

    I just think their current strategy is wrong.

    That said, when Ryzen 5 comes out i'll give it a week for the review to come in, and then upgrade from my current trust AMD CPU... I'm a big fan of their products.

    Which might surprise a few people.

  4. #19
    Looks like a lot of RAM compatibility issues are being worked out with the latest BIOS that reviewers are trialing. (not out yet) Video below (plus chance to win some nice PC hardware if you're into that sort of thing.)

    The Ryzen is performing better with the higher frequency RAM installed.



    I've been second guessing myself about getting the 16-core version all weekend. Would be nice to have the horsepower, but it will take a while for the software industry to take advantage of the multiple cores. Plus, the cost. I suspect I'll get an 1800X once I can put 64GB of 3200MHz RAM on an ASUS Crosshair Hero VI. Will take care of my immediate needs and I can ramp it up later if I need too.
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  5. #20
    Originally Posted by Noddie View Post (Source)
    Actually. AMD make nice products, and Ryzen is a good line of chips.

    I just think their current strategy is wrong.

    That said, when Ryzen 5 comes out i'll give it a week for the review to come in, and then upgrade from my current trust AMD CPU... I'm a big fan of their products.

    Which might surprise a few people.
    Yes, but inconsistently. That solid release schedule Intel has is predictable, and predictability is great for companies that don't want to worry about where their next set of hardware is going to come from. It's absolutely no surprise that almost all enterprise-grade hardware runs on Intel. Look at any of the top 10 VPS companies for the US and you'll see Intel everywhere even if Ryzen arguably could beat it in bench.

    AMD don't just need to nail this year, they need to be winning out consistently to attract the attention of these behemoth buyers.

  6. #21
    Originally Posted by proffrink View Post (Source)

    AMD don't just need to nail this year, they need to be winning out consistently to attract the attention of these behemoth buyers.
    Exactly. one-hit-wonders aren't going to work. they need to consistently undersell and perform comparably, or outperform to be relevant. Ryzen is a nice start, but it's just one data point (and it ain't cheaper or better than anything Intel is offering).

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  7. #22
    For me, they've SERIOUSLY mis-stepped with the launch strategy and - potentially - snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

    The problem is that - by launching the 7-series first - they've managed to make Ryzen seem expensive (it isn't) and underwhelming (it isn't). The 7-series competes with some expensive processors and was always going to be largely of interest to a specialist, enthusiast market. Since it isn't ideal for what most of the youtube reviewers want to use it for (gaming) and it's aimed at a slightly different market (productivity, notably multi-media productivity) it's got some underwhelming reports. Trouble is. This has probably poisoned a lot of minds against the whole line of chips, so when Ryzen 5 launches (which is aimed at Gamers, may well perform better than Ryzen 7 does at gaming and will definitely be much cheaper than the 7 series) Ryzen will already have a bad reputation for underperforming.

    It's crazy. But there it is.

  8. #23
    Originally Posted by Noddie View Post (Source)
    For me, they've SERIOUSLY mis-stepped with the launch strategy and - potentially - snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

    The problem is that - by launching the 7-series first - they've managed to make Ryzen seem expensive (it isn't) and underwhelming (it isn't). The 7-series competes with some expensive processors and was always going to be largely of interest to a specialist, enthusiast market. .
    Very good point -- and you'd think they would have learned this from Intel. The enthusiast, $1,7000 chip is always the last in the series. Heck, we're already on Kaby lake in consumer gamming CPUs and the most recent enthusiast chip is still on skylake. If you release the top dog first, the entire series is, for better or worse, defined by that release.

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  9. #24
    Originally Posted by jmg View Post (Source)
    Very good point -- and you'd think they would have learned this from Intel. The enthusiast, $1,7000 chip is always the last in the series. Heck, we're already on Kaby lake in consumer gamming CPUs and the most recent enthusiast chip is still on skylake. If you release the top dog first, the entire series is, for better or worse, defined by that release.
    Yep. Just like Alfa Romeo with their recent Gulia. They released the niche-market 50-grand supercar variant first. Now nobody is buying it as they think's it's a really pricey car - which it isn't as it competes with the 3-series and better Mondeos. Or, it would if people even considered it when looking for their new Repmobile.

  10. #25
    sooo, does Elite actually use most cores it can get access to?

    I'm planning on building a new PC with Ryzen, and I am still pondering which one to get, when more are released...

  11. #26
    Originally Posted by gobbles View Post (Source)
    sooo, does Elite actually use most cores it can get access to?

    I'm planning on building a new PC with Ryzen, and I am still pondering which one to get, when more are released...
    no, it won't. You're better off with a lower-count core with higher per-core performance, like a i7 7700.

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  12. #27
    Yeah. What he said.

    Four cores is ample for gaming at this time.

  13. #28
    Originally Posted by Noddie View Post (Source)
    Yeah. What he said.

    Four cores is ample for gaming at this time.
    Ditto

    Most games don't take advantage of multiple cores very well.

    Ryzen would have been interesting if it had a spot in Servers. Price isn't as big a factor in that space as power consumption. If AMD produces a multi-core chip that uses significantly lower power and better performance than an Intel chip, it can gain some market share.

    I run 10 servers out of my home and know full well the impact of moving to a more efficient platform. I recently replaced an old dual quad-core Xeon system with a new server using a single Xeon E3-1226. It performs faster than the system it replaced and that one change has reduced my electricity bill about $40/month.

    Server farms are far more interested in power consumption savings than initial CPU cost. If AMD doesn't compete on that basis, just selling a cheaper chip won't make any significant competitive impact.
    Not complaining, just an observation.

  14. #29
    Originally Posted by jmg View Post (Source)
    no, it won't. You're better off with a lower-count core with higher per-core performance, like a i7 7700.
    Well how many does it take advantage of? I see you have a 10 core CPU in your system; how many does Elite utilize in that?

  15. #30
    It's worth bearing in mind that applications have to be specifically coded to take advantage of threading. With something like graphics rendering it's just a basic buttload of maths to be done in the shortest time possible & you just shovel the numbers in one end and the results come out the other whenever the processor has finished it - speed is important, timing isn't... However with games it's a bit more complex as so many functions have to be synchronised (imagine if the AI, World sim, Graphics, Sound and so on got out of sync!). Also there is a cost in threading things and synchronising them, and you do get to the point where the losses and complexities in doing so more-or-less outweigh the advantages.

    Most games producers these days have the sense not to write games that most people can't run well. Since the average processor is a quad and there are a lot of duals still out there nobody is going to write anything for a while that doesn't run well on a quad, and the advantages of more than four cores are likely to be slight for some time to come - because games will not be coded to take best advantage of them. It would just be terrible business to produce a game that the majority of your potential customers can't run.

    But, then again, running a single game or program isn't the only point of having a high thread count. On our PCs we have the operating system, the services it's running, we might have things like chat clients, system commanders, fan software, streaming software etc etc etc running as well. So having the opportunity to execute them on a different core to your game is clearly a nice thing and an advantage.

    But 16 cores? Well, that makes sense for a server workload, sure. Lots of sessions logged into a server, running lots of applications. But it's a far cry from a PC with a Game and number of minor apps on it running in a single session.

    I'll be very surprised if there is much difference in gaming for the average gamer between an R5 and an R7. Probably the R5 will be just slightly worse, but there is also the very slight chance that - for the specific task of gaming - it may be slightly better. It'll certainly be better value! - almost certainly you'd be better off with the top R5 (Which has more than a enough cores for the foreseeable future) than the base R7. Spend anything saved on a better GPU!

    Elite specifies a quad-core as it's minimum spec, but people have run it on duals as well to good results.

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