Leaked AMD Ryzen benchmarks show close competition with Intel
Benchmarks from AMD's Ryzen 7 1700X octa-core chip have shown up on SiSoft SANDRA this week, and AMD's offering looks like it's shaping up to be competitive in both price and performance to Intel's. The Ryzen 7 1700X took the 44nd spot on the top of SANDRA's "Processor Multi-Media" benchmarks; directly above it is Intel's i7-7700K.
The 1700X does place ahead of a few of Intel's premium Xeon E5-26xx series CPUs, which MSRP for well over US$1000. The i7-7700K is a more likely adversary for the Ryzen 1700X, however, as the i7-7700K has a similar MSRP to the 1700X (US$350 versus US$389, respectively) as well as similar TDPs (95W for the 1700X and 91W for the i7-7700K). The 1700X's advantage is that it's sporting a lower clock of 3.8GHz to the i7's 4.5GHz.
HotHardware is quick to point out that these benchmarks are preliminary and that not only is AMD likely to still be optimizing the chipset drivers for their CPUs, but it may also be an engineering sample with some features disabled. Either way, it is a promising start for a chip series that AMD's future in semiconductors may be riding on.
AMD's entire Ryzen lineup will span 17 SKUs with varying core, thread, and TDP levels, and will begin release in early March.