Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Mar 2017 22:48 UTC

Realistically, nobody should have expected Ryzen to be king of the hill when it comes to gaming. We know that Broadwell isn't, after all; Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake parts both beat Broadwell in a wide range of games. This is the case even though Skylake and Kaby Lake are limited to four cores and eight threads; for many or most games, high IPC and high clock speeds are the key to top performance, and that's precisely what Kaby Lake delivers.

In spite of this, reading the various reviews around the Web - and comment threads, tweets, and reddit posts - one gets the feeling that many were hoping or expecting Ryzen to somehow beat Intel across the board, and there's a prevailing narrative that Ryzen is in some sense a bad gaming chip. But this argument is often paired with the claim that some kind of non-specific "optimization" is going to salvage the processor's performance, that AMD fans just need to keep the faith for a few months, and that soon Ryzen's full power will be revealed.

Both parts of this reaction are more than a little flawed.

I'm just glad there's finally competition in the desktop processor space again. Intel started to charge some outrageous prices these past few years, but if you wanted the best performance, you really didn't have much of a choice.

With Ryzen, AMD is showing the world it's back on track. It might not be there yet in every aspect, but it's an amazingly promising start.

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by ksec on Sat 18th Mar 2017 02:35 UTC
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Consider the following.

AMD has yet to fully land all the Zen optimization in LLVM. Which is expected to have at least 5% performance difference.

Unreal Engine as well as all other Middleware Engine are working towards Zen Optimization.

Windows 10 getting some AMD update in future patches.

Lots of software using Open Sources Compiler such as LLVM and GCC will benefits. People are now, FULLY aware of using Intel ICC consequences, compared to AMD Athlon era.

We will get a small uArch update with Zen 2 next year on the same motherboard and same socket.

For the first time ever i couldn't find any faults with AMD. I/O are great. Stability no longer an issues. Great Roadmap. And Price too!

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