Six years ago, AMD dramatically restructured itself in a mad bid to escape a disaster of its own making. Now, we've seen the results and instead of dying, AMD has a savvy new CPU microarchitecture, Zen, that's the foundation of the shockingly good Ryzen processors. They're so good, in fact, they could pose a real challenge to Intel's dominance.
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Last year AMD finally gave us something we desperately needed with the release of Ryzen: A viable rival to Intel in the CPU space. The rivalry has meant faster CPUs for desktops and laptops as each company races to surpass the other, but there's a potential problem for AMD. It doesn't have the same track record for improved performance as Intel. In the past it's stumbled, barely keeping pace with its larger competitor. If competition is going to be sustained - if we're going to have long term competition that drives down prices and puts faster chips in our computers, than even a minor architecture change from AMD needs to have big and speedy results. The second generation of Ryzen does.
In the past year, graphics cards have gone from the reasonably priced computer part you pick up on Amazon or Newegg to something bordering on as precious as gold. If you happen to find one being sold at its MSRP, you can easily snatch it up and sell it on Amazon for twice the price. The market has gotten so cutthroat in the face of a GPU shortage that vendors like Microcenter have limited the number of GPUs you can buy and will only sell at the original MSRP if you can prove you're buying it for personal use. And into this fierce market enters AMD with a new CPU with an integrated graphics card so good you can leave the other GPUs to the cryptominers.
We've been waiting for more info on AMD's hardcore, 16-core CPU known as Threadripper since it was announced. Now we know exactly when we'll get it, and how much it'll cost.
Here's the Australian prices and release dates for AMD's new top-of-the-line, high-performance desktop CPUs.
NVIDIA has pushed out the GTX 1080 Ti and lately we've seen the launch of the RX 500 series cards.
But it's really AMD's Vega GPUs that people have been holding out for. Earlier this morning the company confirmed it would start shipping the first Vega GPUs - although not the consumer cards people are expecting - from the end of next month - and as an added bonus, there's a new 16 core CPU to boot.
Upgrading your processor to use a new operating system? Sure, it can happen. But when's the last time you had to upgrade your OS to, er, use your OS, because of your processor? Yep, that's a new one, with Microsoft taking the first step towards discouraging the use of AMD and Intel's latest hardware on the company's older platforms of Windows 7 and 8.1.
PC enthusiasts, it's a good year so far. Not only do we have a new extreme GeForce GTX 1080 Ti on the way, but AMD is finally bringing the fight back to Intel with its new Ryzen CPUs. Here's everywhere you can put your cash down a few days early to make sure you've got AMD's latest Ryzen chips in your hands as soon as possible.