Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

AMD's New Products Are Ideal for Gaming, Workstation Markets

AMD's New Products Are Ideal for Gaming, Workstation Markets

Chipzilla's standard desktop lineup has been rattled by AMD's new chips, which offer higher core counts and better performance in many workloads for significantly less money. Intel is also expected to launch a 12-core Skylake-X processor in September.

Meanwhile there is still some mystery around the Kaby Lake-X CPUs since they will feature quad-core designs with dual-channel support and up to 16 PCI Express lanes. Rather than adhere to its planned January 2018 launch for Coffee Lake Intel is going to push for an August launch of the new processor series. The 1600X a 6-core, 12-thread processor with 3.2GHz base clock and 4 core, 8-thread 1400, these both costs $224 and $169 United States dollars, respectively. How Kaby Lake-X would distance itself from the X270 variant is yet to be determined.

One of the possible causes of this is the fact that the Ryzen7 uses a completely new architecture, and the available programs and games are not optimized for it. Intel's Core architecture, on the other hand, has been in market for years, and software developers know how to optimize their products for it. Apple is rumoured to have a new iMac in the works for 2017 that is likely to use Kaby Lake chips. The report says that the company will be launching the Basin Falls platform that includes Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X processors and X299 chipset at Computex 2017. These will still be manufactured on the 14nm process, becoming the fourth 14nm generation. Then there's the Ryzen 7 1700, another eight-core chip with 16 threads, but running at a lower 3GHz base clock and 3.7GHz Turbo Core. And given that the Kaby Lake CPU offering doesn't really offer much of a performance improvement over 2015's Skylake, gamers might well choose an AMD processor and motherboard for their next upgrade.

The Basin Falls-based products are expected to be launched at the E3 gaming show in the USA in June, with the official release at the end of the month. Coffee Lake will be the primary CPU aimed at mainstream PCs, and its release was pushed to 2018. In the months following Intel will roll out more CPUs plus chipsets such as H370, B360 and H310 versions. Either way, we'll know soon.

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