Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Jul 2017 19:49 UTC

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[3]: Comment by raom
by kriston on Sat 29th Jul 2017 03:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by raom"
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I think Centaur/VIA and NexGen would argue with that statement. In the case of Centaur/VIA, they had both directly running x86 instructions on CISC cores and emulated x86 instructions on RISC cores. The latter has won out.

Think of all the energy we could save by not emulating x86 and x86-64 on RISC cores. We're talking ARM-level energy savings and reducing your physical footprint by more than a third. Think if Itanium succeeded.

But, backward compatibility, fam.

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