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AMD says Ryzen was "a worst case scenario," reveals details on Ryzen 2

AMD intends to keep the pressure on Intel with the Ryzen 2 CPUs coming in 2018. (Source: AMD)
AMD intends to keep the pressure on Intel with the Ryzen 2 CPUs coming in 2018. (Source: AMD)
Regarding the arguably low CPU frequencies, AMD states that Ryzen was a brand new architecture on a brand new node, making it a worst case scenario. But it still turned out well, since the Ryzen Threadrippers can go above 4 GHz. As for the upcoming Ryzen 2, AMD promises increased clocks, more instructions per cycle, and better game optimization.
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AMD was present at this year’s edition of PAX West, and the company’s desktop CPU marketing manager Don Woligroski offered some insight on the upcoming Zen 2 microarchitecture. In a video interview with Joker Productions, Woligroski first defends the arguably low frequencies for the Ryzen CPU clocks, stating that “Ryzen, was the worst case scenario. It was a brand new architecture on a brand new node. So the worst case scenario we could’ve possibly had, and it’s pretty good. You can get (Threadripper CPUs) to over 4 GHz.”

The Zen 2 microarchitecure that will be featured in future Ryzen 2 CPUs will especially improve the IPC (instructions per cycle) rates and the base frequencies. “We’ve got clock speed headroom to take advantage of and we’ve got tweaks to make sure performance for each clock is better,” said Woligrowski. It seems like AMD wants to continue pressuring Intel with the Ryzen 2 family and AMD’s CPU marketing manager assures us that the company has “really good stuff coming.  We’re not a one hit wonder, we’re keeping the pressure on for some time. It’ll be a great 2018. It was a great 2017 and we’ll see how things turn out.”

With the advent of the Ryzen CPUs, AMD is willing to work with game developers and finally move PC gaming into the multi-core era. Woligrowski notes that “if we can push the market, which we have, into giving everybody more cores and threads then all of a sudden people start developing for that[…] it makes a lot of sense to develop for guys who are running 8 threads, 12 threads, maybe we can do something special for them and maybe it changes the way people game in five years.”

When asked how AMD is approaching game optimization for multi-core CPUs, Woligrowski explained that “for games that are already released, our focus is making sure if they have a problem on Ryzen processors[…] we’ll go and engage with the developer. We did it for DOTA 2 and Rise Of The Tomb Raider”. As for what’s coming next year, AMD plans to make specialized engineers available for developers who want to learn how to optimize their code, and game designers will be able to quickly adapt to the evolving APIs.

Meanwhile, Intel certainly isn’t sitting on its hands, since it plans to roll out gen 9 models next year, as well, so we’ll see how well AMD can maintain the pressure in 2018.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1577 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2017-09- 5 (Update: 2017-09- 6)