Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Jul 2017 19:49 UTC
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So far all the products launched with Zen have aimed at the upper echelons of the PC market, covering mainstream, enthusiasts and enterprise customers - areas with high average selling prices to which a significant number of column inches are written. But the volume segment, key for metrics such as market share, are in the entry level products. So far the AMD Zen core, and the octo-core Zeppelin silicon design, has been battling on the high-end. With Ryzen 3, it comes to play in the budget market.

AnandTech's review and benchmarks of the new low-end Ryzen 3 processors.

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RE: Binning
by kriston on Sat 29th Jul 2017 03:56 UTC in reply to "Binning"
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Well, it's well-known practice to do this either for marketing reasons but also for practical reasons. Intel has always done this at least as far back as differentiating CeLeron SKUs from Pentiums. If one of the cache modules has a flaw but the rest of the chip is fine, sell it as a feature-reduced chip for less money. The same with multiple cores and heat-related failures in certain CPU modules.

At least in the old days, most of the time the flaws are in the cache, so reduce cache and turn off HyperThreading. I wonder what AMD's official word is on this practice for modern ryzen CPUs.

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