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Hi, everyone! Starting this week, AMD Ryzen™ customers can download a new version of the AMD Ryzen Chipset Drivers (version 17.10).

 

This release is primarily intended to make good on our promise to include the AMD Ryzen Balanced power plan in the chipset driver package. The 17.10 (or later) driver release will automatically install and activate the AMD Ryzen Balanced as a fourth power plan (shown below). This driver package is exclusively designed for systems with Windows 10 x64 and the AMD Ryzen CPU.

 

 

What does this power plan do?

The AMD Ryzen Balanced power plan allows your AMD Ryzen processor to more quickly raise clockspeeds. The plan also prevents your CPU cores from being "parked," an idle state that can negatively impact the performance of many (but not all) games. If you're interested in additional details, our original blog on the topic has lots more to offer.

 

In parallel, you should also pay a visit to LegitReviews' testing on the AMD Ryzen Balanced power plan. Nathan Kirsch noted "6-7 percent performance gains when gaming at both 1080P and 1440P screen resolutions" in a couple games, plus lots of test results for you to pore over. Thanks, Nate!


Until next time

As always, we sincerely appreciate the time you took to test the standalone plan and provide feedback on installation and usage. With your help, our final build should gracefully install for any user that previously installed (or attempted to install) the standalone plan.

Highlights from More Than 300 Reviewers Worldwide Who Received Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X Processors —

 

Yesterday, April 11th, hardware reviewers worldwide began posting their first reviews of Ryzen 5 1600X, a six-core, 12-thread processor, and the Ryzen 5 1500X, a four-core, eight-thread processor. Ryzen 5 CPUs were taken through every conceivable CPU and platform synthetic and real-world productivity test or benchmarks, as well as a wide range of games at various resolutions and settings. And while Ryzen 7 reviews were typically paired with X370 enthusiast motherboards, the Ryzen 5 reviews were mostly paired with B350 motherboards, including a new BIOS that enhances performance and support for overclocked memory1.

Coverage has been quite positive and high volume thanks to the massive reviewer sampling program, with reviews recognizing the solid strengths of Ryzen 5 as well as the difference a mere month can make in the stability and finesse offered by Ryzen and its AM4 platforms. ExtremeTech summed this up well:

 

“Final verdict? These chips are everything we like about Ryzen, a bit less of things we didn’t like much, and they’re selling at prices that wreck Intel’s price structure. While there are exceptions and corner cases, AMD currently offers the best overall price/performance ratios in the CPU business.”

 

Gaming drew added scrutiny following some review commentary around 1080p gaming performance with Ryzen 7 last month, however with the large improvements made since March 2nd through BIOS updates, memory support, Windows settings, and developer optimizations, it seems to offer little concern with Ryzen 5, in fact many reviewers now see this as a draw with i5. With comments like “equal gaming quality” and ”out of the box gaming performance is currently similar between AMD and Intel” it is clear we have made great progress here. PC World added:

 

“After testing Ryzen 5, and especially after seeing how its performance changed with optimized games, Ryzen gaming performance is clearly not as big of a deal as it seemed when Ryzen 7 first launched.”

 

Of course, this is only part of the story, and when it comes to compute or productivity performance, many press felt i almost unfair to draw comparisons with i5, stating Ryzen 5 can “easily replace Intel CPUs in multi-tasking and productivity.” The Ryzen productivity advantage even prompted some reviewers to compare to higher end Intel i7 models:

 

“[Ryzen 5] is very competitive even with the 6 core X99 CPUs from Intel at half the price”.

 

Pricing was generally well received with the solid gaming performance, amazing compute and the “feature rich“ AM4 platform, the norm was comments like

 

“…from a price to performance perspective, Ryzen 5 is the most acceptable choice these days. No contest!” and “Ryzen 5 is ready to become the 'sweet spot' for PC users”, ultimately the conclusion drawn was “You know that you are getting a great value for money with the processor”.

 

Similar to Ryzen 7, this launch has allowed press to once again focus on the meaning of Ryzen to the market as a whole as well as to the competition, with TechRadar stating

 

“The extra processing power of the Ryzen 5 1600X puts Intel’s processors to shame, including both its closest competitor and a much higher-spec Broadwell-E part.”

 

Engadget proclaims:

 

“AMD finally has desktop chips that can directly compete with Intel's most powerful options.”

 

Each of the processors receives its own share of appreciation from reviewers for a variety of reasons, but Hardware Canucks exemplifies the appetite felt for 1600X, stating:

“While the Ryzen 5 1500X is a good processor the 1600X should be destined for greatness. Its price, performance, efficiency, decent overclocking headroom, situational adaptability and so much more make it one of the best CPU’s released in the last half decade. AMD’s willingness to be transparent about their progress refining Ryzen is just the icing on the cake and goes to show there’s much more to be excited about in the future. Pair one of these 1600X’s up with a $120 B350 motherboard alongside an RX480 or GTX 1060 and you’ll have an absolutely rocking foundation upon which to build a very, very capable budget system.” TechSpot in turn rather fancies the 1500X stating, “If you thought the 1600X seemed like a pretty obvious choice, then sit down, the 1500X is a no brainer. Quad-cores are somewhat unexciting in 2017 but the SMT-enabled, four-core, eight-thread 1500X does rather well for itself and represents exceptional value at $190.”

 

Affordability certainly receives a fair share of commentary across reviews also. CG Magazine states:

 

“Retailing for half the price of the flagship R7 1800X, the Ryzen 5 1600X is releasing as one of the best CPU’s to cater to both gamers and content creators alike,” while Digital Trends claims, “Whether you’re encoding video, streaming and recording while gaming, or compressing and uncompressing large files, you’ll see a benefit from the extra cores and higher power draw on the Ryzen 5 1600X. Add that to a precisely targeted price point, and the result is a mid-range champion that’ll appeal to just about everyone looking to put together a powerful, yet affordable, PC.”

 

Let’s take another broad look at what independent reviewers had to say from different countries around the world.

 

  • “On performance, for anyone wanting to do intense CPU work, the Ryzen gets a nod here. Twelve threads are hard to miss at this price point.” – Ian Cutress, AnandTech

 

  • “Retailing for half the price of the flagship R7 1800X, the Ryzen 5 1600X is releasing as one of the best CPU’s to cater to both gamers and content creators alike.” – Cole Watson, CG Magazine

 

  • “The Ryzen 5 1600X puts Intel on notice -- AMD’s affordable processors mean business.” – Brad Borque, Digital Trends

 

  • “Whether you’re encoding video, streaming and recording while gaming, or compressing and uncompressing large files, you’ll see a benefit from the extra cores and higher power draw on the Ryzen 5 1600X. Add that to a precisely targeted price point, and the result is a mid-range champion that’ll appeal to just about everyone looking to put together a powerful, yet affordable, PC.” – Brad Borque, Digital Trends

 

  • “AMD finally has desktop chips that can directly compete with Intel's most powerful options.” – Devindra Hardawar, Engadget

 

  • “Final verdict? These chips are everything we like about Ryzen, a bit less of things we didn’t like much, and they’re selling at prices that wreck Intel’s price structure. While there are exceptions and corner cases, AMD currently offers the best overall price/performance ratios in the CPU business.” – Joel Hruska, ExtremeTech

 

  • “There’s no argument that, at the price, Ryzen is the best price competitor for render workloads if rendering on the CPU – though GPU-accelerated rendering does still serve as an equalizer, for people who use compatible workloads. If CPU rendering is your thing, Ryzen 5 is well ahead of same-priced i5 CPUs.” – Steve Burke, GamersNexus

 

  • “Perhaps the best part about the 1600X is an ability to act like a chameleon of sorts; it easily adapts to whatever scenario you are dealing with.” – Michael Hoenig, Hardware Canucks

 

  • “[The 1600X] price, performance, efficiency, decent overclocking headroom, situational adaptability and so much more make it one of the best CPU’s released in the last half decade.” – Michael Hoenig, Hardware Canucks

 

  • “If you are holding onto a really old system and are looking to upgrade the AMD Ryzen 5 might be just what the doctor ordered.” – Nate Kirsch, Legit Reviews

 

  • “For consumers concerned with multi-threaded performance, including media encoding, rendering or even heavy multitasking scenarios, the Ryzen 5 processors will provide a significantly improved experience.” – Ryan Shrout, PC Perspective

 

  • “It’s pretty hard to pass up the incredible performance the Ryzen 5 1600X offers, especially as we move into a world where more cores and more threads are expected to matter. For that new world, the Ryzen 5 1600X is easily the winner and just a hell of a deal for the overall performance you get.” – Gordon Ung, PCWorld

 

  • “In that case, Ryzen 5 is the way to go. It burns Core i5 to the ground in multi-threaded applications performance and doesn’t give up much in single-threaded performance.” – Gordon Ung, PCWorld

 

  • “The extra processing power of the Ryzen 5 1600X puts Intel’s processors to shame, including both its closest competitor and a much higher-spec Broadwell-E part. If you’ve been looking for an affordable, powerhouse CPU that both works and parties hard, this is it.” – Kevin Lee, TechRadar

 

 

  • Quasar Zone Benchmark Results of AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500XDue to the superior number of threads in Ryzen 5, users can expect a high performance that can easily replace Intel CPU in multi-tasking and productivity. Ryzen also has a significant competitive advantage over Intel CPU in pricing with a power to restructure the current pricing system formed by Intel.”

 

  • Notebookspec.com “Ryzen 5 able to work in multifunction gaming, streaming or even workstation which suit with users nowadays. This is universal CPU that come with untouchable price when compared with its competitor.”

 

  • IT-Reborn  “AMD did very good homework on CPU temperature and power consumption for Ryzen 5, as for the CPU performance it easily competes with Kaby Lake”

 

  • PC.com Review: Ryzen 5 – Definitely No Middle Child Syndrome “At its price point, the Ryzen 5 1600X is definitely something to look out for when you are building your next computer for productivity or even gaming. You know that you are getting a great value for money with the processor.”

 

 

 

  • VR Zone AMD Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X Review “So, AMD drops another bomb in the form of Ryzen 5, offering compelling solutions by combining affordability, competitive performance and a feature rich platform to the mid-range performance segment of the market. Throw in unlocked clock multipliers for a cherry on top!...Where Ryzen 5 really shines is multi-threaded performance. It is very competitive even with the 6 core X99 CPUs from Intel at half the price. This is really excellent to see and it’s no longer confined to the high end. The average consumer now has a mega competitive choice in the mid-range market.”

 

  • TechSpot “Outstanding! Overall I think I'm more impressed with Ryzen 5 series than I was with Ryzen 7 for the simple fact that there is less competition at these price points. Intel has done a poor job of looking after enthusiasts, particularly those on a budget and this is where these new Ryzen 5 chips really hit hard…If you thought the 1600X seemed liked a pretty obvious choice, then sit down, the 1500X is a no brainer. Quad-cores are somewhat unexciting in 2017 but the SMT-enabled, four-core, eight-thread 1500X does rather well for itself and represents an exceptional value at $190.”

 

  • Blunty |_YouTube “So once again I have to reinforce my early prediction that the 1500x will be the new go to CPU for a great big pile of those budget friendly builds people love to arrange.”

 

 

  • Hardware Zone Philippines Online AMD Ryzen 5 Processors Have Arrived, Starts at PHP9250 “We were lucky enough to review the flagship of the Ryzen 5 series, the 1600X, and we must say that we’re impressed with its performance, especially at its price point. Much like the 1800X, the 1600X offers top-tier performance at almost half the cost of the competing processor.”

 

 

 

 

 

  • Jagatreview.com - AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Review “With an outstanding overall performance for its price, Ryzen 5 is ready to become the 'sweet spot' for PC users that desire a speedy CPU but do not wish to spend a fortune"

 

Adriatics and Hungary

  • “After all we’ve seen, it’s not difficult to conclude that AMD once again has a winning product in their hands. We believe that Intel has legitimate reason to be worried, and their only short term solution is price erosion of their current stack, as well as bringing new products with more cores to stay competitive. Until that happens, AMD is the clear victor” - Benchmark.rs
  • Ryzen 5 beats Intel’s models in tests that can exploit all of the cores, including demanding multi-tasking.” - Bug.hr
  • “As we’ve seen from the tests, Ryzen 5 processors are as good as expected. 1600X with 6c/12T has comparable performance with 6c/12T processors from Intel that are way more expensive. On the other hand, 1500X has bit lower performance compared to 4C/8T competition, but it’s priced against Intel’s 4C processors that don’t support hyper threading.” - PCekspert.com

Benelux

  • "If you're not a gamer, Ryzen 5 is a very welcome addition. For almost the same money, AMD offers 50% more cores, which means a serious performance boost in many tasks. If video editing is one of your daily tasks, you will appreciate these extra cores much more than Intel's slightly better performance-per-core. For this target audience, the Ryzen 5 1600X is extremely appealing."  - Hardware.Info
  • "The Ryzen 5 processors are a more interesting option for mainstream PCs than the Ryzen 7 series. The prices are considerably lower and the performance level is very similar, except when running heavy multithreaded applications." - Tweakers.net
  • "The Ryzen 5 1600X leaves the i7-6700K/i7-7700K in the dust in all multi-threaded applications, at the cost of an i5-7600K. For those who push their CPUs with photo, video, rendering, streaming, etc an AMD Ryzen processor, regardless of your budget in the current line-up, is very enticing. Whether you put the ~€220 Ryzen quad up against a comparable i5, or the Ryzen 7 1700 against an i7-7700K; AMD simply offers more processing power." - Tech Testers

Bulgaria

  • “Ryzen 5 offers the mainstream user lots of processing power. Thanks to AMD’s aggressive price policy, multicore computing becomes affordable to the masses. Who could have thought just a year ago that one could buy a 6-core processor with top performance for 600 BGN (300 Euro)? We know that a similar configuration of motherboard and processor with Intel products would amount to 1300-1500 BGN.” - PCworld.bg,
  • “After all we’ve discussed above, I believe the situation is clear to everyone - the King is dead, long live the new King! With the advent of the new Ryzen 5 models, AMD totally reshaped what we call the mainstream class. The new models offer more cores, more threads, more cache and respectively much better multithreading performance.” - Hardwarebg.com
  • “Ryzen 5 gives lots of speed to gamers and content creators at an affordable price”. - Technews.bg

Czech Republic and Slovakia

  • “AMD is offering significantly more performance in the mainstream market than Intel and also better efficiency. Ryzen 5 processors can be overclocked without needing an expensive chipset. For the price of i5-7600K, you can have 6-core/12-thread Ryzen 5 1600X that has almost identical performance per core, much higher multi-threaded performance and it’s more efficient.” - DDWorld
  • “AMD has entered the mainstream market with excellent processors. Ryzen 5 1600X is targeted against Core i5-7600K, but in some tests also beats the much more expensive Core i7-7700K. So if you plan to buy a new computer that won’t only be for gaming, I recommend choosing the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X.” - PC.sk
  • “Application benchmarks of Hardware.fr shows that Ryzen 5 1600X is comparable to Intel Core i7-6800K (which is 2 % quicker), Core i7-5930K and Core i7-5820K (4.5 % slower). Ryzen 5 1600 (without X) is the closest to Core i7-5820 and actual top model of Kaby Lake series – Core i7-7700K.” - Diit

France

  • “Ryzen 5 1600 is a perfect choice (...) One thing is certain, with such a pricing and appealing B350 motherboards, Intel and its Core i7 will face a though to beat competition (...) Intel has the lead in games but we bet it won't be enough especially when we see how we can invest the savings in a faster graphics card” - Next Inpact
  • “By launching six-core models under the 300-euro mark, AMD clearly rises up the level of performance achieved in this price range. The Ryzen 5 1600X and 1600 inflict a real hit to the Intel Core i5.” - Hardware.Fr
  • “There is no communication error on AMD's side since the Ryzen 5 clearly constitute an alternative to the Intel Core i5. In application tests, Core i7s can even be beaten in specific cases.” - Les Numériques

Germany

  • “In gaming, the 1600X belongs to the fastest AMD models and generally the fastest chips on the market: It surpasses the Core i5-7600K in most scenarios and on occasion - e.g. in Dishonored 2 it even surpasses the Core i7-7700K” - Golem
  • “In the test, the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X comes up with an excellent result. It leaves behind all currently available Intel processors from the consumer segment and ranks right after the Ryzen 7 1700.” - CHIP
  • “The most important market in the mainstream segment is the price range up to 300 Euro - and this is where AMD is the new boss. For 2800 Euro, the Ryzen 5 1600X can deliver the performance of a Core i7-6800K (420 euro more expensive) or a i7-7700K (350 euro more expensive)” - Computerbase
  • “AMD’s six core, the Ryzen 5 1600X, turns out to be a sweet spot regarding the combination from core number and tact” - PCGamesHardware

Italy

  • “The sale price of 1600 X is set at around $ 249, that typically allows AMD to bite the market, seriously undermining the performance / cost ratio of the fastest models i5, especially if it also makes use professionally” - Everyeye.it
  • “Ryzen 5 1600X offers a fantastic relationship between price and performance if you want to realize a low-cost workstation, placing itself at the level of the Core i7-6800K but at a much lower price. Performance even with the games are more than satisfactory, although AMD should continue to work on this front. For these reasons, we bestow to Ryzen 5 1600X our award "Editor's Approved” - Tomshw
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X Ryzen 5 processors confirm the advancements AMD has already shown with Ryzen 7. The prices at which they are proposed make them extremely attractive for those users looking for processors that are capable of ensuring power at the highest levels but with an affordable cost. In comparison with Intel solutions, Kaby Lake newcomers are on average more preferable; the only specific scenario in which the CPU Intel Core i5 still has an edge is in gaming. AMD Ryzen 5 processors are currently the most balanced choice of performance and cost available on the market "- HWupgrade.it

Middle East

  • “The AMD Ryzen 1600X and 1500X are the new kings of mainstream PCs.” - Dark Tech Reviews
  • There is no competing with the price of the 1600X processor, which also kills the Core i5 7500 in performance, as well as any other processor in the similar price range.” - Dark Tech Reviews
  • “AMD Ryzen 5 processors deliver immersive experiences and high performance innovation to gamers and creators worldwide, with up to 87 percent more performance when comparing the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X to the Intel flagship Core i5 model, the 7600K.” - Review Central Middle East

Nordics

  • “In summary, the Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X is a lot of performance for the money, in a price range where Intel does not have anything to compete with the current situation - at least when it comes to multi-threading performance. If games are the main focus, Intel is possibly a better choice, but for multithreaded applications Ryzen 5 is an excellent choice for this price point.” - Sweclockers
  • “We are pleasantly surprised by Ryzen 5, which is arguably the most exciting processor launch in a very long time. Like the big brothers in the Ryzen 7 family, it did not knock out the competitor, but delivers impressive enough performance for its price tag to seriously become an attractive option for consumers.” - Nordic Hardware
  • “The Ryzen 5 1600X surprised me a great deal and showed very good performance for "only" six cores. It was gratifying to see it keep up with the big boys in the Ryzen 7 series, as long as you do not put multiple heavy burdens on its shoulders.” - HwT.dk

Poland

  • “The summary will be very similar to Ryzen 7 review - in terms of CPU-intensive workloads the competition has been just smashed, while in terms of gaming this is the level close to Core i5. (...) If you build a PC that will be used not only for gaming, but as well for some more ambitious applications, then it’s for sure worth to consider Ryzen 5. The additional advantage is easy and affordable upgrade path for high-end Ryzen 7 (this is something that competition can’t offer, because there you need to change virtually whole platform).” – Benchmark.pl
  • “After the years of Intel domination in this price point, the choice is back. Both tested processors (Ryzen 5 - add. by AMD team) delivers very good performance in professional apps, while in gaming came out on par. On the other hand, they feature unlocked multipliers and you can overclock it.” – Komputer Świat
  • “All our tests confirm that AMD has finally got into competition with Intel, so the gamers and other PC users will now have a choice between products from two companies instead of one. The hardware is really cool (even motherboards!), and if there are any shortcomings it’s only on level of UEFI, OS or drivers - adjustments shouldn’t be either hard or time demanding.” - PC Format

Romania

  • “I believe that AMD Ryzen 5 1500X is the new best-buy in its category and is suitable for gaming systems running games at full HD resolution as well as for other activities (photo editing / video rendering), providing an optimal balance between price, computing performance, power efficiency and temperatures”. - Lab501
  • “Now Ryzen 5 came to compete with LGA1151 solutions, and AMD banged Intel’s head again with 1600X, a 6-core/12-threads CPU that beats everything from LGA1151, and even competes with LGA2011 similar solutions. It is absolutely amazing what AMD managed to release in the CPU department, bringing the price/performance ratio to a complete new level for users.” - ReviewStudio
  • “While Ryzen 7 was dedicated to enthusiasts and professionals, Ryzen 5 comes with a budget solution for those who want high performance at an affordable price, and still get some of the advantages of superior R7 series.”. - Go4IT

 
Russia

  • “As the analysis shows, Ryzen 5 1600X processor, which is reviewed, has a performance level that is excellent for its price and outperforms Intel's alternative Core i5-7600K in terms of the ratio of these fundamental characteristics.” - 3DNews.ru
  • “There are four models in the line: Ryzen 5 1400, 1500X, 1600 and 1600X. They differ in clock frequency per core, cache volume and number of cores. All without exception Ryzen 5 are equipped for overclocking and support multithreading - each of the physical cores of the chip contains two logical cores. The tests that compare the Ryzen 5 processors with the competitors from Intel - i5 and i7 generation. Surprisingly, in many tests inexpensive AMD CPUs ($ 169 - $ 249) not only exceed i5 7600K, but also stay close to the much more expensive Core i7 7700K.” - Kanobu
  • “The fastest models - Ryzen 5 1600X and 1600 - are sharpened for "heavy" games and applications that require large computing resources. AMD promises that the performance of the 1600X is "up to 87% higher" than the main competitor - Intel Core i5 7600K.” - Hi-tech.vesti.ru

 
Spain

  • "My experience with this processor has once again been magnificent. Accompanied by the right components and with the new energy profile that AMD has developed for Windows 10, we have a spectacular machine."- Geeknetic
  • “It's impressive how this processor scales. With 4.1 GHz in all its cores we have improved the 1239 cb in cinebench to 1327 cb with memories at 2933 MHz.” - Profesional Review
  • “The truth is that  Ryzen 5 has gone very well to AMD. In power it scales very well, and in games its performance is equivalent to the superior models.” - Noticias 3D

 
Turkey

  • “At the end of this review you can sell your Core i5!” - Donanimhaber.com
  • “Ryzen might be 10% behind in gaming but it is much more better in overall performance!” - Donanimarsivi.com
  • “Gamers who look to buy a new CPU can select Ryzen 5 series and have incredible performance along with very good features. No need to worry for its gaming performance.” - Teknoseyir.com

 
Ukraine

  • “AMD Ryzen 5 1600 CPU performed well in synthetic tests, often passing ahead of the current flagship Intel Core i7-7700K. In a number of games with full HD resolution, it managed to get ahead of the 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 1700X, although he almost lost to the Intel Core i7-6700K.” - Gecid

 

United Kingdom

  • “AMD’s Ryzen processors continue to impress. Both the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1500X have jumped straight in as the best CPUs you can buy at their respective prices.”- Trusted Reviews
  • “The short story is that the Ryzen 1600X is a superb budget CPU for multi-threaded performance and appears to be able to nail a near 4GHz overclock fairly easily.” – Bit-tech
  • “Put simply the Ryzen 5 1600X is a far more significant processor than any of the octa-core Ryzen 7 CPUs, and for us gamers arguably the most significant chip AMD have ever made.” - PCGamesN

 

Supporting Resources

 

  1. Overclocking memory will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even if such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software.  This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer or motherboard vendor.  Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking memory, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to RAM/hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability.  GD-112

Hey, Ryzen fans! Today we’re back with our third community update, once again focusing on several key topics you asked us to look at: power plans, game performance updates, and temperature monitoring software!

 

Balanced power plan optimized for AMD Ryzen™ processors


4/26/2017 Update:
The AMD Ryzen Balanced Power Plan is now included in the official AMD chipset drivers starting with version 17.10! Simply download and install the latest chipset driver package, and the new plan will be automatically configured for you. Windows 10 64-bit is required.

 

Throughout the launch of the AMD Ryzen™ processor, AMD has been clear that desktop PC customers should choose the “High Performance” power plan in Windows® 10. The reason is clear: testing conducted by AMD, and independent reviewers (e.g. Hardware.fr and Computerbase), have concluded that the High Performance power plan offers appreciable performance benefits to our customers. But the out-of-the-box power plan for Windows 10 is “Balanced,” so the community challenged us to find a compromise. We took that challenge seriously, committed to finding a solution by the first week of April, and today we believe we have the answer.

 

A little background is needed

AMD Ryzen processors feature AMD SenseMI technology, a sophisticated package of sensing and adapting features that (amongst other capabilities) allow the underlying microarchitecture to rapidly execute fine adjustments to voltage and frequency for peak performance. These changes can occur as quickly as 1 millisecond on an AMD Ryzen CPU. However, this intended functionality depends on the integrated power management in Ryzen being in absolute control. After all, nothing knows the hardware better than the hardware itself!

 

Transitions between frequencies and voltages are governed by “P-States.” P-states are frequency/voltage combinations requested by the operating system. Processors receive these requests all the time, and act on them by selecting matching states built into the hardware.

 

The Windows-default Balanced plan, in the interest of balancing power and performance, sets higher thresholds and longer timers for transitions into faster P-states than the High Performance plan. This can sometimes limit how quickly our processor responds to “go faster” promptings from high-demand applications.

 

Secondly, the default Balanced plan attempts to park all logical processors beyond the first 10% whenever possible. On an 8C16T AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, for example, logical processor 0 (physical core) and logical processor 1 (SMT core) stay awake, while the remaining 14 logical processors can be parked at any time. Resuming from a parked state has a latency cost that can affect performance, too.

 

The AMD Ryzen Balanced power plan

Because of these findings, the new AMD Ryzen Balanced power plan reduces the timers and thresholds for P-state transitions to improve clockspeed ramping. This lets the hardware take full control more often. We’ve also disabled core parking for more wakeful cores. As you can see in the chart below, the performance gains can be substantial—on par with the High Performance plan, in fact!

 


Testing conducted as of April 4, 2017. System configuration: AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X, Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming5, 2x8GB DDR4-2933, GeForce GTX 1080 (378.92 driver), Windows 10 x64 (build 1607).

 

Other games that we’ve seen benefit from the new plan include: Total War™: WARHAMMER, Alien: Isolation™, Crysis™ 3, Gears of War™ 4, Battlefield™ 4, Project Cars™ and more. Though not every game behaves in a way where a change in power plans has an impact on the AMD Ryzen™ processor, we’ve long maintained that there are enough games to warrant a change. Today’s findings put a fine point on that, and we’re very excited to get these changes into the hands of our customers starting today!

 

Installation is simple: just install the latest AMD chipset drivers for Windows 10 64-bit!

 

 

After collecting feedback from this community preview, we intend to roll the final power plan into the AMD Chipset drivers for AMD Ryzen processors. The Ryzen Balanced plan will automatically be configured as the default power plan for Ryzen-based Windows 10 PCs. If you’ve already downloaded and installed our new power plan from this blog, the new chipset driver package will ensure you do not encounter duplicate entries.

 

Update @ 4/26/2017: The AMD Ryzen Balanced Power Plan is now included in the AMD Chipset Driver package starting with version 17.10. Simply download and install the bundle on Windows 10 x64, and everything will be taken care of automatically!

 

What about power?

Now that you know a little more about the performance of our new plan, let’s talk power. The AMD Ryzen Balanced power plan does not change how our processor handles low-power idle states called “CC-States.” These CC-States number cc1 through cc6, representing increasingly aggressive clock and power gating. In fact, cc6 represents a core that is essentially turned off. The core is sleeping so deeply that only its voltage can be detected by software.

 

The sophisticated power management technology in the “Zen” core can autonomously enter and exit these CC-States as quickly as 1ms. Software tools, unable to see through the sleep, will simply report the last P-state known to the OS before the core entered a CC-state. Don’t be alarmed! The effective frequency of a sleeping core is much lower (generally sub-1GHz).

 

In short:

 

  1. The AMD Ryzen™ Balanced power plan still permits aggressive power management. There should be little difference between the OEM Balanced and the Ryzen Balanced plan. We’re interested in your feedback!
  2. Performance of the AMD Ryzen™ Balanced power plan should be on par with the High Performance plan. We're interested in your feedback on this, too.
  3. Finally, if you see a third-party tool reporting “idle” clocks in the range of 3200-3400MHz, you can be virtually certain that the core is actually sleeping and the tool is simply reporting the last known P-State.

 

We’re very proud of the fast and granular power management in the “Zen” architecture, and we hope these explanations helps you better understand how our all-new processor functions.

 

Even more 1080p game performance updates

In our last community update, we brought you word of significant performance uplifts in Ashes of the Singularity™ and minimum framerate improvements in DOTA™ 2. Today we’re excited to share word of AMD Ryzen™ optimizations now available in Total War™: WARHAMMER with the game’s new “Bretonnia” patch—now available on Steam™!

 

The March 27th Bretonnia update helps the underlying game engine better understand the topology of Ryzen with respect to the number of logical vs. physical cores. Overall, this helps Total War: WARHAMMER better schedule threads on the processor to reduce resource contention.

 

Thanks to the great work from our friends over at Creative Assembly™ and SEGA®, we saw an uplift of up to 10.5% with the “High” preset and up to 7% with the more GPU-bound “UItra” graphics preset.

 

Testing conducted as of April 4, 2017. System configuration: AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X, Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming5, 2x8GB DDR4-2933, GeForce GTX 1080 (378.92 driver), Windows 10 x64 (build 1607), 1920x1080 resolution.

 

An important update for AMD Ryzen Master

If you’ve not heard of AMD Ryzen Master, it’s a neat little tool we built for users to monitor and overclocking their Ryzen-based computer.1  You get real-time access to temperatures and fan speeds, memory timings, core voltage, and CPU frequencies, plus easy switchable profiles. Super convenient!

 

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Today we’re pleased to announce that Ryzen Master version 1.0.1 will be available starting April 11th with two important updates:

 

  1. Ryzen Master now reports junction temperature, rather than tCTL, by automatically removing the tCTL offset on the AMD Ryzen 1800X, 1700X, and 1600X processors. See the “temperature reporting” section of this blog for more context on tCTL.
  2. The installer no longer enables or requires HPET when Ryzen Master is installed with a system running an AGESA 1.0.0.4-based BIOS. See the “let’s talk BIOS updates” section of this blog for more context on AGESA 1.0.0.4.

 

Until next time

What are you interested in hearing more about in our next AMD Ryzen Community Update? Let us know on Twitter @AMDRyzen!

 

 



Robert Hallock
is a technical marketing guy for AMD's CPU division. His/her postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.


Footnotes:

1. WARNING: AMD processors, including chipsets, CPUs, APUs and GPUs (collectively and individually “AMD processor”), are intended to be operated only within their associated specifications and factory settings. Operating your AMD processor outside of official AMD specifications or outside of factory settings, including but not limited to the conducting of overclocking (including use of this overclocking software, even if such software has been directly or indirectly provided by AMD or an entity otherwise affiliated in any way with AMD), may damage your processor, affect the operation of your processor or the security features therein and/or lead to other problems, including but not limited to damage to your system components (including your motherboard and components thereon (e.g., memory)), system instabilities (e.g., data loss and corrupted images), reduction in system performance, shortened processor, system component and/or system life, and in extreme cases, total system failure. It is recommended that you save any important data before using the tool.  AMD does not provide support or service for issues or damages related to use of an AMD processor outside of official AMD specifications or outside of factory settings. You may also not receive support or service from your board or system manufacturer. Please make sure you have saved all important data before using this overclocking software. DAMAGES CAUSED BY USE OF YOUR AMD PROCESSOR OUTSIDE OF OFFICIAL AMD SPECIFICATIONS OR OUTSIDE OF FACTORY SETTINGS ARE NOT COVERED UNDER ANY AMD PRODUCT WARRANTY AND MAY NOT BE COVERED BY YOUR BOARD OR SYSTEM MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY.

Hi, everyone! About two weeks ago we started the first of many planned “Community Update” blogs about the AMD Ryzen™ ecosystem. In the initial update, we promised all sorts of goodies for our customers. Today we’re back to make good on that promise with some important updates on topics you proposed: performance tuning and BIOS updates.

 

Unleashing Ryzen in Ashes of the Singularity™

 

Enthusiasts aren’t strangers to the advanced game engine inside Ashes of the Singularity. Ashes distinguished itself early on as a visionary new breed of PC game that plainly proved the potential of low-overhead APIs, and it continues today as an often-updated game that can be punishing even at 1080p. As a bonus, the benchmark capabilities built into Ashes of the Singularity produce a refreshingly candid level of detail. It’s no surprise why the community has rallied around Ashes as a great game and a great test for new hardware.

 

Behind the scenes, AMD has enjoyed a great relationship with the teams at Stardock and Oxide Games. They were early supporters of the Mantle API project and have often collaborated with us on precision-tuned rendering paths for Radeon™ GPUs. This month, they were once again eager to help when we began our promised effort to work with game devs to extract the full performance of the AMD Ryzen™ processor.

 

After just a week or two of work, we’re pleased to report that a new build (v2.11.x) of Ashes of the Singularity is hitting Steam™ today with performance optimizations for the AMD Ryzen™ processor. Compared to version 2.10.25624 featured in the initial reviews for the AMD Ryzen 7 processors, this optimized build averaged a whopping 30% faster when we put it through our labs on the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU.1

 

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System configuration: AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X Processor, 2x8GB DDR4-2933 (15-17-17-35), GeForce GTX 1080 (378.92 driver), Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming5, Windows® 10 x64 build 1607, 1920x1080 resolution, high in-game quality preset.

 

As an additional layer of validation, we also tabulated some results for the CPU-Focused test (below). The CPU-focused test attempts to deemphasize the GPU and focus specifically on how well the processor is driving up game performance. A better result in this test positively correlates with the performance bottleneck being moved to the GPU where it belongs. Results for our optimizations were again notable, with the average performance of the AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X jumping by 14.29%.

 

System configuration: AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X Processor, 2x8GB DDR4-2933 (15-17-17-35), GeForce GTX 1080 (378.92 driver), Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming5, Windows® 10 x64 build 1607, 1920x1080 resolution, high in-game quality preset.

 

As a parting note on Ashes of the Singularity goodness, a major new update (v2.20.x) will soon be releasing with some great new features: game replays, mod support, three new maps, and a huge number of balance tweaks. The work AMD, Oxide, and Stardock have done for the AMD Ryzen™ processor will be carried forward, and you can learn more about the 2.20.x changes at the official Stardock forums.

 

Boosting minimum framerates in DOTA™ 2

 

Many gamers know that an intense battle in DOTA 2 can be surprisingly demanding, even on powerful hardware. But DOTA has an interesting twist: competitive gamers often tell us that the minimum framerate is what matters more than anything in life or death situations. Keeping that minimum framerate high and steady keeps the game smooth, minimizes input latency, and allows players to better stay abreast of every little change in the battle.

 

As part of our ongoing 1080p optimization efforts for the AMD Ryzen™ processor, we identified some fast changes that could be made within the code of DOTA to increase minimum framerates. In fact, those changes are already live on Steam as of the March 20 update!

 

We still wanted to show you the results, so we did a little A:B test with a high-intensity scene developed with the assistance of our friends in the Evil Geniuses eSports team. The results? +15% greater minimum framerates on the AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X processor2, which lowers input latency by around 1.7ms.

 

Not bad for some quick wrenching under the hood, and we’re continuing to explore additional optimization opportunities in this title.

 

System configuration: AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X Processor, 2x8GB DDR4-2933 (15-17-17-35), GeForce GTX 1080 (378.92 driver), Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming5, Windows® 10 x64 build 1607, 1920x1080 resolution, tournament-optimized quality settings.

 

Let’s talk BIOS updates

 

Finally, we wanted to share with you our most recent work on the AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture for AMD Ryzen™ processors. We call it the AGESA™ for short.

 

As a brief primer, the AGESA is responsible for initializing AMD x86-64 processors during boot time, acting as something of a “nucleus” for the BIOS updates you receive for your motherboard. Motherboard vendors take the baseline capabilities of our AGESA releases and build on that infrastructure to create the files you download and flash.

 

We will soon be distributing AGESA point release 1.0.0.4 to our motherboard partners. We expect BIOSes based on this AGESA to start hitting the public in early April, though specific dates will depend on the schedules and QA practices of your motherboard vendor.

 

BIOSes based on this new code will have four important improvements for you

  1. We have reduced DRAM latency by approximately 6ns. This can result in higher performance for latency-sensitive applications.
  2. We resolved a condition where an unusual FMA3 code sequence could cause a system hang.
  3. We resolved the “overclock sleep bug” where an incorrect CPU frequency could be reported after resuming from S3 sleep.
  4. AMD Ryzen™ Master no longer requires the High-Precision Event Timer (HPET).

 

We will continue to update you on future AGESA releases when they’re complete, and we’re already working hard to bring you a May release that focuses on overclocked DDR4 memory.

 

Until next time

 

What are you interested in hearing more about in our next AMD Ryzen Community Update? Let us know on Twitter @AMDRyzen.

 


Robert Hallock is a technical marketing guy for AMD's CPU division. His/her postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

Footnotes:

  1. Testing conducted by AMD performance labs as of 3/27/2015. Baseline Ashes of the Singularity version (2.10.25624): 63.85 average FPS of all batches (avg FPS for normal, medium and large batches 68.62, 63.65 and 59.8 respectively). New version (2.11.x): 83.7 average FPS of all batches (avg FPS for normal, medium and large batches 92.25, 84.65 and 75.6 respectively). Total % increase in avg FPS for all batches: 31.1%. System configuration:  AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, 2x8GB DDR4-2933 (15-17-17-35), GeForce GTX 1080 (378.92 driver), Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming5, Windows 10 x64 1607, 1920x1080 Resolution, HIGH image quality preset. RZN-27
  2. Testing conducted by AMD performance labs as of 3/27/2015. Pre-March 20 update: 79 average minimum FPS. Post-March 20 update: 91 average minimum FPS. Uplift: 15%. System configuration:  AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, 2x8GB DDR4-2933 (15-17-17-35), GeForce GTX 1080 (378.92 driver), Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming5, Windows 10 x64 1607, 1920x1080 Resolution, HIGH image quality preset. RZN-28

The AMD Ryzen™ processor is a completely new and different platform from what gamers may be accustomed to, and established practices for configuring a system may prove incorrect or unreliable. We’ve assembled the following configuration steps to ensure users are extracting the best possible performance and reliability from their new PC.

 

Update Your Firmware

Ensure that you are using the latest UEFI ROM for your motherboard.

  1. The latest ROMs will support the Windows 10 tickless kernel for best application performance.
  2. Newer ROMs can improve the functionality/stability of your motherboard and its UEFI menu options.

 

Memory Matters

AMD Ryzen™ processors have an appetite for faster system RAM, but it’s important to ensure that you have a solid setup before proceeding.

 

  1. The AMD Ryzen™ processor does not offer memory dividers for DDR4-3000 or DDR4-3400. Users shooting for higher memory clocks should aim for 3200 or 3500 MT/s.
  2. Memory vendors have also begun to validate 32GB (4x8GB) kits at 3200 MT/s rates for select motherboards.
  3. Ensure that you are programming your BIOS with the recommended timings (CAS/tRCD/tRP/tRAS/tRC/CMD) and voltages specified on the DRAM packaging.
  4. To ensure reliable POST, the AMD Ryzen™ processor may fall back to a DIMM’s JEDEC SPD “safe” timings in the event an overclock proves unreliable. Most DIMMs are programmed to boot at DDR4-2133 unless otherwise instructed by the BIOS, so be sure your desired overclock is in place before performance testing. Use CPU-Z in Windows to confirm.
  5. For speed grades greater than DDR4-2667, please refer to a motherboard vendor’s memory QVL list. Each motherboard vendor tests specific speeds, modules, and capacities for their motherboards, and can help you find a memory pairing that works well. It is important you stick to this list for the best and most reliable results.1
  6. We have internally observed good results from 2933, 3200, and 3500 MT/s rates with 16GB kits based on Samsung “B-die” memory chips. Potential kits include:
    • Geil EVO X - GEX416GB3200C16DC [16-16-16-36 @ 1.35v]
    • G.Skill Trident Z - F4-3200C16D-16GTZR [16-18-18-36 @ 1.35v]
    • Corsair CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 VERSION 5.39 [16-18-18-36 @ 1.35v]
  7. Finally, as part of AMDs ongoing development of the new AM4 platform, AMD will increase support for overclocked memory configurations with higher memory multipliers. We intend to issue updates to motherboard partners in May that will enable them, on whatever products they choose, to support speeds higher than the current DDR4-3200 limit without refclk adjustments. AMD Ryzen™ processors already deliver great performance in prosumer, workstation, and gaming workloads, and this update will permit even more value and performance for enthusiasts who chose to run overclocked memory.
  8. AMD’s officially-supported DRAM configurations are below for your reference:

    DDR4 Speed (MT/s)
    Memory RanksDIMM Quantities
    2667Single2
    2400Dual2
    2133Single4
    1866Dual4


Mind Your Power Plan

Make sure the Windows® 10 High Performance power plan is being used (picture). The High Performance plan offers two key benefits:

 

  1. Core Parking OFF: Idle CPU cores are instantaneously available for thread scheduling. In contrast, the Balanced plan aggressively places idle CPU cores into low power states. This can cause additional latency when un-parking cores to accommodate varying loads.
  2. Fast frequency change: The AMD Ryzen™ processor can alter its voltage and frequency states in the 1ms intervals natively supported by the “Zen” architecture. In contrast, the Balanced plan may take longer for voltage and frequency changes due to software participation in power state changes.

 

In the near term, we recommend that games and other high-performance applications are complemented by the High Performance plan. By the first week of April, AMD intends to provide an update for AMD Ryzen™ processors that optimizes the power policy parameters of the Balanced plan to favor performance more consistent with the typical usage models of a desktop PC.

 

The Observer Effect

Ensure there are no background CPU temperature or frequency monitoring tools when performance is essential. Real-time performance measurement tools can have an observer effect that impacts performance, especially if the monitoring resolution (>1 sample/sec) is increased.

 

Overclocking!

Overclocking is a time-tested and beloved way to squeeze even more “free” performance out of a system. That’s why every AMD Ryzen™ processor is unlocked for overclocking.2

 

Consider the example of the AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700 processor. It has a base clock of 3.0GHz, a two-core boost clock of 3.7GHz, an all-cores boost clock of 3.1GHz, and a 2-core XFR clock of 3.75GHz. Many have reported all-core overclocks of around 3.9GHz, which is a full 25% higher than the default behavior of the CPU.

 

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

To test the performance impact of all of these various changes, we threw together a brand new Windows 10-based system with the following specifications:

 

  • AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X (8C16T/3.6-4.0GHz)
  • 16GB G.Skill (2x8) DDR4-3200
    • Clocked to 2133MT/s: 15-15-15-35-1t
    • Clocked to 2933MT/s: 14-14-14-30-1t
  • ASUS Crosshair VI Hero (5704 BIOS)
  • 1x AMD Radeon™ RX 480 GPU (Radeon Software 17.2.1)
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 14393.10)

 

Throughout this process we also discovered that F1™ 2016 generates a CPU topology map (hardware_settings_config.xml) when the game is installed. This file tells the game how many cores and threads the system’s processor supports. This settings file is stored in the Steam™ Cloud and appears to get resynced on any PC that installs F1™ 2016 from the same Steam account. Therefore: if a user had a 4-core processor without SMT, then reused that same game install on a new AMD Ryzen™ PC, the game would re-sync with the cloud and believe the new system is also the same old quad core CPU.

 

Only a fresh install of the game allowed for a new topology map that better interpreted the architecture of our AMD Ryzen™ processor. Score one for clean computing! But it wasn’t a complete victory. We also discovered that the new and better topology map still viewed Ryzen™ as a 16-core processor, rather than an 8-core processor with 16 threads. Even so, performance was noticeably improved with the updated topology map, and performance went up from there as we threw additional changes into the system.

 

As an ultimate maneuver, we asked the question: “Can we edit this file?” The answer is yes! As a final step, we configured F1™ 2016 to use 8 physical CPU cores, rather than the 16 it was detecting by default. Performance went up again! After all was said and done, we gained a whopping 35.53% from our baseline configuration showing how a series of little changes can add up to something big.

 

The picture tells the story clear as day: configuration matters.

 

 


Robert Hallock is a technical marketing guy for AMD's CPU division. His/her postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

Footnotes:

1. Overclocking memory will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even if such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software.  This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer or motherboard vendor.  Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking memory, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to RAM/hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability.  GD-112
2. AMD processors, including chipsets, CPUs, APUs and GPUs (collectively and individually "AMD processor"), are intended to be operated only within their associated specifications and factory settings. Operating your AMD processor outside of official AMD specifications or outside of factory settings, including but not limited to the conducting of overclocking using the Ryzen Master overclocking software, may damage your processor, affect the operation of your processor or the security features therein and/or lead to other problems, including but not limited to damage to your system components (including your motherboard and components thereon (e.g., memory)), system instabilities (e.g., data loss and corrupted images), reduction in system performance, shortened processor, system component and/or system life, and in extreme cases, total system failure. It is recommended that you save any important data before using the tool.  AMD does not provide support or service for issues or damages related to use of an AMD processor outside of official AMD specifications or outside of factory settings. You may also not receive support or service from your board or system manufacturer. Please make sure you have saved all important data before using this overclocking software.

It’s been about two weeks since we launched the new AMD Ryzen™ processor, and I’m just thrilled to see all the excitement and chatter surrounding our new chip. Seems like not a day goes by when I’m not being tweeted by someone doing a new build, often for the first time in many years. Reports from media and users have also been good:

 

  • “This CPU gives you something that we needed for a long time, which is a CPU that gives you a well-rounded experience.” –JayzTwoCents
  • Competitive performance at 1080p, with Tech Spot saying the “affordable Ryzen 7 1700” is an “awesome option” and a “safer bet long term.”
  • ExtremeTech showed strong performance for high-end GPUs like the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, especially for gamers that understand how much value AMD Ryzen™ brings to the table
  • Many users are noting that the 8-core design of AMD Ryzen™ 7 processors enables “noticeably SMOOTHER” performance compared to their old platforms.

 

While these findings have been great to read, we are just getting started! The AMD Ryzen™ processor and AM4 Platform both have room to grow, and we wanted to take a few minutes to address some of the questions and comments being discussed across the web.

 

Thread Scheduling

We have investigated reports alleging incorrect thread scheduling on the AMD Ryzen™ processor. Based on our findings, AMD believes that the Windows® 10 thread scheduler is operating properly for “Zen,” and we do not presently believe there is an issue with the scheduler adversely utilizing the logical and physical configurations of the architecture.

 

As an extension of this investigation, we have also reviewed topology logs generated by the Sysinternals Coreinfo utility. We have determined that an outdated version of the application was responsible for originating the incorrect topology data that has been widely reported in the media. Coreinfo v3.31 (or later) will produce the correct results.

 

Finally, we have reviewed the limited available evidence concerning performance deltas between Windows® 7 and Windows® 10 on the AMD Ryzen™ CPU. We do not believe there is an issue with scheduling differences between the two versions of Windows.  Any differences in performance can be more likely attributed to software architecture differences between these OSes.

 

Going forward, our analysis highlights that there are many applications that already make good use of the cores and threads in Ryzen, and there are other applications that can better utilize the topology and capabilities of our new CPU with some targeted optimizations. These opportunities are already being actively worked via the AMD Ryzen™ dev kit program that has sampled 300+ systems worldwide.

 

Above all, we would like to thank the community for their efforts to understand the Ryzen processor and reporting their findings. The software/hardware relationship is a complex one, with additional layers of nuance when preexisting software is exposed to an all-new architecture. We are already finding many small changes that can improve the Ryzen performance in certain applications, and we are optimistic that these will result in beneficial optimizations for current and future applications.

 

Temperature Reporting

The primary temperature reporting sensor of the AMD Ryzen™ processor is a sensor called “T Control,” or tCTL for short. The tCTL sensor is derived from the junction (Tj) temperature—the interface point between the die and heatspreader—but it may be offset on certain CPU models so that all models on the AM4 Platform have the same maximum tCTL value. This approach ensures that all AMD Ryzen™ processors have a consistent fan policy.

 

Specifically, the AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700X and 1800X carry a +20°C offset between the tCTL° (reported) temperature and the actual Tj° temperature. In the short term, users of the AMD Ryzen™ 1700X and 1800X can simply subtract 20°C to determine the true junction temperature of their processor. No arithmetic is required for the Ryzen 7 1700. Long term, we expect temperature monitoring software to better understand our tCTL offsets to report the junction temperature automatically.

 

The table below serves as an example of how the tCTL sensor can be interpreted in a hypothetical scenario where a Ryzen processor is operating at 38°C.

 

Product NameTrue Junction Temp (Example)tCTL Offset for Fan Policy
Temp Reported by tCTL
AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X38°C20°C58°C
AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700X38°C20°C58°C
AMD Ryzen™ 7 170038°C0°C38°C

 

Power Plans

Users may have heard that AMD recommends the High Performance power plan within Windows® 10 for the best performance on Ryzen, and indeed we do. We recommend this plan for two key reasons:

  1. Core Parking OFF: Idle CPU cores are instantaneously available for thread scheduling. In contrast, the Balanced plan aggressively places idle CPU cores into low power states. This can cause additional latency when un-parking cores to accommodate varying loads.
  2. Fast frequency change: The AMD Ryzen™ processor can alter its voltage and frequency states in the 1ms intervals natively supported by the “Zen” architecture. In contrast, the Balanced plan may take longer for voltage and frequency (V/f) changes due to software participation in power state changes.

In the near term, we recommend that games and other high-performance applications are complemented by the High Performance plan. By the first week of April, AMD intends to provide an update for AMD Ryzen™ processors that optimizes the power policy parameters of the Balanced plan to favor performance more consistent with the typical usage models of a desktop PC.

 

Simultaneous Multi-threading (SMT)

Finally, we have investigated reports of instances where SMT is producing reduced performance in a handful of games. Based on our characterization of game workloads, it is our expectation that gaming applications should generally see a neutral/positive benefit from SMT. We see this neutral/positive behavior in a wide range of titles, including: Arma® 3, Battlefield™ 1, Mafia™ III, Watch Dogs™ 2, Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI, For Honor™, Hitman™, Mirror’s Edge™ Catalyst and The Division™. Independent 3rd-party analyses have corroborated these findings.

 

For the remaining outliers, AMD again sees multiple opportunities within the codebases of specific applications to improve how this software addresses the “Zen” architecture. We have already identified some simple changes that can improve a game’s understanding of the "Zen" core/cache topology, and we intend to provide a status update to the community when they are ready.

 

Wrap-up

Overall, we are thrilled with the outpouring of support we’ve seen from AMD fans new and old. We love seeing your new builds, your benchmarks, your excitement, and your deep dives into the nuts and bolts of Ryzen. You are helping us make Ryzen™ even better by the day.  You should expect to hear from us regularly through this blog to answer new questions and give you updates on new improvements in the Ryzen ecosystem.

— Highlights from More Than 300 Reviewers Worldwide Who Received Ryzen 7 Processors —

 

Yesterday, March 2nd, hardware reviewers worldwide began posting their first reviews of Ryzen 7 1800X. Ryzen 7 CPUs were taken through virtually every conceivable CPU synthetic and real world productivity test or benchmarks, as well as a wide range of games at various resolutions and settings.

 

Let’s take a look at what independent reviewers had to say from different countries around the world (quote emphasis added by me):

 

“Based on my analysis of AMD Ryzen, I can confidently say that Ryzen desktop is the real thing and AMD is back in desktops, back with a vengeance.” Forbes - AMD Ryzen Desktop: AMD Said It Would Be Awesome And It Is – Pat Moorhead

 

“Ryzen is going to rock for some time to come. AMD's new Ryzen CPU family is off to a great start.” Hothardware: Marco Chiapetta

 

“AMD’s Ryzen 7 1800X is a good chip at a great price and its putting Intel on notice. AMD is back and the 1800X is the first step in the perennial underdog’s plan regain market share from Intel and build confidence in its products.”  SemiAccurate: Thomas Ryan

 

AMD fans have something to rejoice about, and CPU buyers have some tough decisions to make. Regardless if you are a fan of either camp or an impartial observer, competition is always a good thing for the consumer, so I guess we all win!” Tweaktown

 

“Consider where AMD was coming from and look at what they have achieved with Ryzen, it’s nothing short of amazing. I’m excited to see AMD delivering competitive high-end CPUs and it’ll be interesting to watch how well they can refine the Zen architecture over the coming years.” Techspot

 

“The overall performance of the 1800X is breathtakingly impressive, and it’s a feeling that we’ve not seen with an AMD CPU in a very long time.”HardwareZone Malaysia

 

“To sum it up – Ryzen is Amazing!”Goldfries

 

“All in, Ryzen 7 solidly puts AMD back into the mindshare of enthusiast PCs. The Zen architecture is definitely much more exciting than Intel's incremental Kaby Lake and proof that AMD is able fight Intel head to head in terms of innovation.”HardwareZone Singapore

 

“Ryzen is certainly shaping up to be the disruptive force we're all hoping it can bePC Authority

 

“Holy balls, what have AMD done!”GGFLAN

 

"One thing is for sure after my first three days with AMD Ryzen 7 1800X: AMD has delivered a beast of a processor. I can't remember a single review in the last few years that has gotten me as excited as this one; this is a serious, fraught, crucial release in the hardware community and this processor is only the beginning." - Tech Testers

 

“For the first time in AMD’s history, Ryzen will launch with support from all the major PC OEMs (although some units won’t ship until Q2) and 19 of the top extreme PC system builders. In addition there is a myriad of motherboards available in the channel at launch. This should result in high-end desktop PCs in the $2,000 price range or less, something that may entice more consumers to upgrade or future proof with new PC purchases… So, in a very short timeframe, AMD will have a completely reinvented and competitive product portfolio. My colleague Kevin Krewell indicated that things were looking up for AMD, but it appears that there are few limitations to AMD for the first time in a decade.”Forbes - ‘AMD is Reborn With Ryzen’ – Jim McGregor

 

“It’s easy to recommend an AMD processor, and should you go for an eight-core, there is no doubt  where you should spend your money, especially when you get this performance for half the cash compared to Intel." - Tek.no

 

“Given that Intel has never released an 8-core processor under 1000 Euros, AMD just democratized this market segment by launching not one, not two but three such processors, with prices between 1600 and 2500 RON... Ryzen has huge importance and is definitely more than just numbers on a table. We now have a real alternative to Intel platforms and multi-core processing with prices starting from 1600 RON.” - Lab501

 

“Ryzen 7 as a whole is nothing short of phenomenal, with the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (AMD’s flagship CPU) absolutely decimating the competition when it comes to price versus performance.”Techradar

 

AMD has kicked through the front door of Intel’s HEDT processor party and shown no mercy on the 6C12T and 8C16T chips. Retailing for £500 less than an 8C16T Intel chip which performs similarly makes AMD’s Ryzen 7 1800X a relative bargain…”KitGuru

 

“Price-wise, if the Ryzen 7 1800X is anything to go by, Intel has its work cut out. In many tests, it performed similarly or better than the Core i7-6900K, which is twice the price, even factoring in recent price cuts which seem to be spreading.”Bit-tech

 

“The processor certainly is fast enough compared to the Intel 59xx / 69xx counterparts. We will keep an eye on this and when we have to report anything about it we'll update this content. And also in closing on this topic, if you are a little GPU bound or use 2560x1440, this really is a non-issue as perf there is top notch.(...) Fact is that AMD might have struck gold with Ryzen, yet they’re charging you a silver price. These processors are pure value.” Guru3D

 

“This isn't an AMD processor that you have to find the good points of. This isn't an incrementally better one which requires some give and take. This isn't even a processor when you end up saying "it's good but...". There isn't a but. It's just great (...) The Ryzen burns through the fog that has clouded AMD and brought forth a warm glow of blistering performance at competitive prices. The Ryzen 7 1800X is a match for anything Intel has. AMD, it's great to have you back.” Overclock3D.net

 

“AMD, welcome back (...) AMD Ryzen 7 1800X is an excellent processor with breathtaking multi-core performance at a great price.” Sweclockers.com

 

“AMD has accomplished everything they sought out to do with Ryzen and even broke their own expectations. Intel has already responded to this wave of team-red positivity by lowering the prices on their CPUs and offering multiple coupons to keep people in their court. I don’t see this hurdle stopping Ryzen’s hype train though because this CPU has added something the market has been seeking out for almost six years: innovation. What’s more, this innovation is affordable. $500 isn’t chump change, but comparing these results to a CPU costing double the price makes that difference so much more substantial.” CGMAGOnline.com: Rated 10/10 – Cole Watson

 

“Overall we are pretty impressed by what AMD has been able to deliver with Ryzen. Performance per watt, Ryzen is a monster, no doubt about it. The single thread and gaming performance is really the only thing that will give people reservations about it and AMD thinks that it will get better.” Legitreviews.com:  Nate Kirsch

 

“This platform is impressive already when you look at the overall numbers and it is only going to get better. AMD has officially made it back to the high-end processor market!” Legitreviews.com: Nate Kirsch

 

“For an immature platform still in its infancy, Summit Ridge and by extension Ryzen is a remarkably well rounded solution and like any fine wine, it will only get better with age. While the 16-thread parts are just now blazing a trail that will ultimately shake the CPU industry’s pricing foundations, they won’t be right for everyone. However, after seeing what the 1800X can accomplish excitement for those six and four core derivatives. But what is clear right now is that Ryzen is indeed the real deal and Intel has been put on notice that AMD is back in the game.” Hardwarecanucks.com: Mike Hoenig

 

“It’s been a long time coming, but AMD Ryzen is here and it looks impressive. Though we only have the Ryzen 7 1800X in our results today I am eager to get back home and get to testing the 1700X and 1700 models and see if they offer as compelling of an alternative to Intel’s dominance as the 1800X does. For $499 I foresee quite a few enthusiasts plopping down the dough to get an 8-core/16-thread beast of a processor in their rig. It’s hard to argue with what we see today though and I’ll be awarding the Ryzen 7 1800X with our Gold Award, offering the performance of a Core i7-6900K for half the price.” PCPerspective: Ryan Shrout

 

“Our review of AMD's RYZEN 7 1800X CPU contains a lot of surprises.. And most of them are pretty exciting.. unless your name is Intel..  AMD fans rejoice! AMD is back in a big way Linustechtips: Linus Sebastian

 

Latin America

 

In Latin America, key publications in the region gave AMD Ryzen 7 numerous awards, including the ‘Diamond’ seal for 1700X and ‘Gold’ to 1800X from Brazilian Adrenaline and ‘Editor’s Choice’ and ‘Price – Performance’ awards from MadBoxPC in Chile.

 

Supporting Resources

 

 

John Taylor is CVP, Worldwide Marketing for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

In the last five years, eSports has grown from a little-known niche corner of the gaming market to a global phenomenon on-track to reach $1 billion in revenue by 2019.

 

At the heart of this trend lies Twitch, which has helped feed the growth of eSports by serving as a cultural nexus for gamers (like me!) enjoying a community of like-minded people.

The simplicity and reach of Twitch’s platform has cultivated a new field of tools (like Radeon™ ReLive) that make it possible to broadcast game footage, audio, webcams, overlays, and other multimedia to legions of fans. In fact, gamers watched 4 billion man-hours of gameplay in 2015 alone!

 

But the simplicity of broadcasting to Twitch can come with some steep hardware requires. According to Twitch customer support: "many broadcasters will find that they get a lot of ‘input lag’ when playing video games.”

 

“Some games are very CPU-intensive and require a strong computer to run. These games are tough on your processor, especially if you are running the game on the highest settings,” Twitch Support reads. “To make matters worse, streaming is an extremely CPU-intensive process. Combine these two together, and it is trouble. If, on top of that, you open a browser to read chat, another program to play music, and a third program to keep track of donations, you might find that your game lags more than you would like.”

 

The proposed solution is expensive: “Use two computers to split up the workload.” One system plays the game, and a second system with a capture card receives output from the GPU and serves as a dedicated broadcasting system to alleviate performance bottlenecks. Many streamers will be familiar with this.

 

Many broadcasters also say the rise of hardware-based video encoding has not done much to address the needs of streamers that expect the best quality for their viewers. Many streamers also agree that the tight 3500Kbps bitrate limits of Twitch, and the short render-to-broadcast window for a timely stream, put the GPU at a disadvantage. Users often report that fixed-function encoders in CPUs and GPUS need more bitrate to achieve the same quality as the CPU-based x264 encoder preconfigured on streaming packages like Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and XSplit. Though fixed-function encoders are getting better all the time, and work wonders for recording gameplay to disk, streamers often still rely on processors to give the best result for their fans.

 

 

Ultimately, these perspectives highlight that the typical 4C4T or 4C8T processors simply doesn’t offer enough performance to keep up with the demands of simultaneous gaming and video encoding. For such enthusiastic gamers, the AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700 can be a welcome relief.

 

With eight physical cores and 16 threads, one system with this one consumer processor now has enough hardware to simultaneously dedicate a full 4C8T to both the encoding and gaming workloads. Paired with a sufficient quantity of RAM and a powerful graphics card, it is possible for just one system to broadcast a top-flight 1080p/60 FPS/3500Kbps stream for viewers with little compromise to the performance or input latency of the game.

 

Since no streamer would willingly give their viewers a stream that fails 18% of the time, the balanced design of the AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700 processor sets the standard for effortless single-system streaming.

 


 

Robert Hallock is a technical marketing guy for AMD's CPU division. His/her postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. 

 

OBS to Twitch Results: Tested using DOTA™ 2 as of 2/14/2017. OBS Target Settings: 1920x1080 source resolution, 1920x1080 broadcast resolution, 60 FPS broadcast frame rate, 3500Kbps VBR target bitrate, x264 encoder. “Encode Failure Rate” defined as percentage of video frames dropped by x264 encoder due to “CPU too slow” errors. System configs: AMD Reference Motherboard (AMD) and AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700, ASUS X99 STRIX motherboard and Core i7-6900K, 16GB DDR4-2400, GeForce Titan X, NVIDIA driver 21.21.13.7633, Windows 10 x64 RS1. Dropped frame count: 0/23000 (AMD), 4177/23000 (Intel). GD-111

 

Twitch Unique Monthly Broadcaster Source(s): Twitch yearly retrospective (twitch.tv/year/{2012-2015} for 2012-2015; 2016 data source DMR Stats)


Use of third party marks / products is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

You know that processors can have more cores. You know that processors can have faster cores. But what about smarter cores? That’s a new horizon we’re exploring with AMD SenseMI technology in the all-new AMD Ryzen™ processor!

 

AMD SenseMI wraps up five features that work in concert to enhance the performance of the AMD Ryzen CPU1.  Some of the features optimize power and clockspeeds, while others bring important data into the processor or optimize processor pathways for new work. Altogether they make a rational intelligent machine that’s constantly obsessing over how to optimize performance and power efficiency for you and your applications. Let’s take a look!

 

It All Starts With the Infinity Fabric

 

Today’s processors can often be called systems-on-chip (“SoC”), which means support for USB, PCI Express® and SATA are integrated directly into the CPU core. Getting these technologies to communicate with the CPU cores has historically been a time-consuming, expensive, or inefficient task. But the Ryzen SoC is a different beast thanks to the Infinity Fabric.

 

 


The Infinity Fabric is a common interface that allows us to quickly mesh these pieces together and get them “speaking the same language,” almost like snapping toy building blocks together. We also use the Infinity Fabric to establish fast communication between groups of CPU cores, as we do in the 8-core Ryzen processors that contain two groups of four cores.

 

Most importantly for AMD SenseMI, the Infinity Fabric gives us command and control powers to nearly all areas of the CPU. That’s crucial because the Ryzen processor has a networked “smart grid” of several hundred sensors, each accurate to 1 milliwatt, 1 milliamp, 1 millivolt and 1°C. These sophisticated sensors are what allow the Ryzen processor to dial in voltages, clockspeeds, and optimal datastreams. Having extensive insight into the readings of these sensors via the Infinity Fabric allows the processor to orchestrate them for best results.

 

Extended Frequency Range

 

Temperature is king when it comes to determining a processor’s maximum clockspeed, as cooler temps improve the efficiency and reliability of the tiny transistors that make up a processor. Other factors in the clockspeed include power draw from the CPU socket, what percentage of the CPU’s circuits are in use, and the distance to maximum thermal output (TDP). But temperature is the one factor that you can easily control with better CPU or chassis cooling.

 

Thanks to AMD SenseMI technology, the Extended Frequency Range (XFR) feature, available on select Ryzen processors, can measure the difference between the current CPU temperature and the operating temperatures we’ve designed the Ryzen processor to handle. If the current temp is sufficiently low, that extra thermal headroom can be converted into extra top-end frequency.

 

For example, the AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700X processor has a maximum clockspeed of 3.8GHz at 60°C, but XFR can automatically get the maximum frequency to 3.9GHz if the current temperature is lower than that. As you can see, select Ryzen processors are capable of giving a little more to users that build premium systems with robust system and CPU cooling. Pretty neat!

 

Precision Boost

 

AMD SenseMI also comes in handy for boosting the CPU clockspeed with a feature we call “Precision Boost.” The same temperature/current/TDP analysis that governs XFR is once again in play to establish the boundaries of safe operation for a Ryzen processor. Like any other processor, we want to make sure that the Ryzen processor consumes only so much power, operates within an expected temperature range, and emits only so much heat (TDP). Overclocking can naturally expand or override these boundaries, but we’re talking out-of-the-box functionality in this case.

 

As long as a Ryzen processor isn’t bumping up against any of those boundaries, Precision Boost can raise the clockspeed in exacting 25MHz increments. Relative to past processors, these small

 

increments allow the Ryzen CPU to get that much closer to a optimal frequency taking all thermal and electrical boundaries into account. The 25MHz increments can also enable higher sustained frequencies by minimizing clockspeed reductions that occur when a reliability threshold is encountered.

 

Example A: A Ryzen processor is running a lightly-threaded workload using just a few CPU cores. Because the other CPU cores are dormant, or working on background tasks, there is significant thermal or electrical headroom for the processor to just go faster. The Ryzen processor can use Precision Boost to convert that headroom into additional clockspeed (e.g. 3.0GHz → 3.7GHz on the AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700X processor).

 

Example B: A Ryzen processor running at 3.8GHz could encounter a heavy workload that’s on a trajectory to use more power than the CPU socket is designed to provide. This is an ordinary and manageable event for processors, and perhaps a short dip to 3.775GHz would be sufficient to correct the trajectory back into expected levels. Precision Boost can make that possible, and the clockspeed could quickly be pushed back to 3.8GHz when the workload lightens. Other processors might have to drop to 3.7GHz, taking off another 75MHz of frequency that a Ryzen processor might not.

 

Pure Power

 

The exemplary power efficiency of the Ryzen processor comes from two key areas: 14nm FinFET manufacturing and low-power design methodologies. Pure Power orchestrates those methodologies, imbuing every Ryzen processor with the power to inspect and adjust its own electrical characteristics.

 

Pure Power is especially vital during manufacturing. When a Ryzen processor rolls off the assembly line, each chip is capable of looking into itself and analyzing the quality of its own silicon. The results of that analysis allows the processor to zero in on an idealized voltage vs. frequency curve for itself. That fine tuning allows the processor to get pretty close to the perfect voltage for a given frequency. A magic wand wouldn’t do much better!

 

During the design phase, this self-tuning opens the door for AMD to reduce or eliminate guardbands, which is “slack” built into the voltage or frequency targets that can compensate for moments when the processor’s automated routines can’t quite nail a specific value. This can happen for any number of reasons, including transient fluctuations in a power supply’s output, or sudden large jumps in CPU utilization. But Ryzen processors came off the line with precise knowledge of themselves, so reducing or eliminating these guardbands allows for higher overall clockspeeds and lower operating voltages for you.

 

And in day-to-day use, Pure Power is aggressively managing dynamic or “operational” power. Idle pieces of the Ryzen processor are downclocked or shut down to trim power, or to reallocate that power to areas of the processor that can productively use it. This technology is called “clock gating.”

 

As an example: We put the AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X processor against the Core i7-6900K in the demanding POV-Ray test. This test measures the performance of a processor with raytracing, the most realistic form of 3D rendering. As you can see from our data below, the Ryzen 7 1800X enabled a better score and higher performance per watt.2

 

ProcessorPOV-Ray Score
Average System Wall Power
Performance per Watt (Higher is better)
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X3266157.45W20.74
Core i7-6900K2964153.5919.29

 

Neural Net Prediction

 

Where Pure Power, XFR, and Precision Boost cooperate to control power/frequency characteristics of the Ryzen processor, Neural Net Prediction is responsible for anticipating optimal pathways in the processor for the programs you’re running.

 

Neural Net Prediction starts with a true artificial intelligence (AI), which uses a simplified approximation of the human brain (neural net), to learn how your programs behave. Applications, and the languages  used to write those applications, are human-created and have predictable patterns. Humans love patterns, and those patterns hidden in the applications can be learned!

 

The learned patterns form a behavioral history of an application, and that history lets the processor predict what a program is likely to do in the future. The Ryzen processor uses those predictions to pre-load certain capabilities—like storing to RAM, adding numbers, or comparing values together—so they’re ready to go before your application even makes a request. This saves processing time, and contributes to higher processor performance.

 

It’s important to know that the behavioral learning of Neural Net Prediction is temporary. The history is emptied when you launch a new application, or when the PC is reset or powered down. The applications you run re-train the neural net each time, and you might find that the second time you run a benchmark is a little faster than the first. That’s Neural Net Prediction at work!

 

Smart Prefetch

 

Before the Ryzen processor can start to run your applications, relevant data must be brought into the processor and stored in local cache. Cache is ultra-fast memory located right on the processor, and processors like Ryzen achieve peak performance when important data fits into that cache.

 

It’s worth highlighting that “data” typically means “code,” where entire sub-routines of a running program are stored in cache. This can reduce or eliminate the odds that the processor has to reach across the motherboard to retrieve data from your RAM. Although the RAM is only a few inches away from the processor to your eyes, that’s a very long way from the perspective of a processor, so cache is paramount for top performance.

 

But feeding the cache with data is only half the battle. Getting the right data is the other half of the equation, and that’s where Smart Prefetch shines. Smart Prefetch consists of sophisticated learning algorithms that intuit what data is most used and most relevant in your applications. Smart Prefetch can then prioritize the important data, or even predict the important data, so it’s ready to go before the application needs it.

 

Having the next important dataset queued for execution behind the current work helps ensure that the Ryzen processor always has a consistent flow of high-quality data. And with an atypically large 20MB combined cache, Ryzen 7 1800X, 1800 and 1700 processors are uniquely equipped to handle large datasets common in scientific or creative workloads.

 

Wrap-up

 

More cores and faster cores is well-tread ground in the PC industry (though we dare say the Ryzen™ processor is the best blend yet!), but AMD is exploring a new horizon with smarter cores. Armed with sophisticated learning algorithms, neural networks, and uncanny powers of prediction, the Ryzen processor is an incredibly intelligent and rational agent that’s ready and waiting to zero in on the exact level of performance and power efficiency you and your applications deserve.

 

Robert Hallock is a technical marketing guy for AMD. His postings are his/her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

 


1. Not all AMD Ryzen™ processors offer every feature of AMD SenseMI technology. For specific capabilities of different processor models, please visit www.amd.com. If your system is pre-built, contact your manufacturer for additional information.

 

 

2. Default POVRay rendering preset. AMD system configuration: Ryzen 7 1800X (8C16T/3.6-4.0GHz), 2x8GB DDR4-2400, AMD Customer Reference Motherboard, NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal), NVIDA Driver 21.21.13.7633, Windows 10 x64. Intel system configuration: Core i7-6900K Extreme (8C16T/3.2-3.7GHz), 2x8GB DDR4-2400, ASUS STRIX X99 Gaming motherboard, NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal), NVIDA Driver 21.21.13.7633, Windows 10 x64. Average wall power draw: 157.45W (AMD) vs. 153.59W (Intel). POVRay scores: 3266 (AMD) vs. 2964.12 (Intel). Performance/Watt (higher is better): 3266/157.45W=20.74 score/W (AMD) vs. 2964.12/153.59W=19.29 score/W

Processors have one of the most important jobs in a gaming PC: getting requests from the game to the graphics card. Everything you see and do in your favorite game must first go through the CPU, and a CPU that keeps a hungry GPU fed with a constant stream of data is a delicious recipe for great performance. That relationship was a guiding light in the design of the AMD Ryzen™ processor. We built a high-throughput machine that’s great for hungry GPUs, and today I wanted to share some gaming data with you.

 

Figure A: System configuration AMD: Ryzen 7 1800X (8C16T, 3.6-4.0GHz), 16GB DDR4-2400, AMD reference motherboard, AMD Wraith Max cooler. System configuration Intel: Core i7-6900K (8C16, 3.2-3.7GHz), 16GB DDR4-2400, Asus STRIX X99 Gaming, Intel BXTS13A cooler. Shared configuration: NVIDIA Titan X, 3840x2160 resolution, Samsung 960 PRO 512GB NVMe, graphics driver 21.21.13.7633. Game settings: Ashes of the Singularity (Crazy preset), Battlefield 4 (Ultra preset), DOOM (Ultra preset), GTAV (Default preset), Civilization VI (Ultra preset), Alien: Isolation (Ultra preset, standard SSAO).

 

At first blush, you can already see that performance of the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X processor makes it a great chip for gamers with high-end needs. Average framerates are >60 FPS for the titles we looked at today, and you can see that level of performance across a diverse set of graphics APIs: Vulkan®, DirectX® 12 and DirectX® 11. It’s clear that the 1800X is a processor that’s ready for APIs of today and tomorrow.

 

99th Percentile Frame Rates

You may not be familiar with 99th percentile frame rates (“99th%”), represented above with the dataset on the left half of the cart. This is a groundbreaking approach that objectively measures the smoothness of a game. It was pioneered by my friend and colleague Scott Wasson during his time as Editor-in-Chief and Owner of The Tech Report. His seminal work, “Inside the Second,” sought to explain why games with high framerates could still often feel choppy to users. He did so by asking the following question: how fast are frames being rendered 99% of the time, and how slow is that last 1%?

 

His research showed that a great many games reporting high average framerates were also frequently throwing many slow frames into the mix. That last 1% of all frames took much longer to render than average, and they happened often enough that the naked eye would perceive the game’s motion as choppy. The average FPS value was hiding problematic rendering! He also found that games with higher 99th% framerates just generally felt smoother to play. But you can cut the percentages any way you like, so he also found games that would look good 50% of the time—generating great average framerates—but run very slowly the other 50% of the time. These games felt awful to play, but nobody had objectively demonstrated why before Mr. Wasson’s work.

 

This is why 99th% frame rates are an essential piece of data in our gaming analysis. Higher 99th% values are simply a better measurement of a game’s true experience, because it looks past outliers that can contaminate—for good or bad—the average framerate. So, what about Ryzen? Looking great! The Ryzen™ 7 1800X is definitely a stellar chip in 99th% frame rates, especially in Battlefield™ 4 and DOOM™.

 

Incredible performance for your money

The sensitivity of 99th% frame rate also makes it a great ingredient to help measure the true value of a processor. We know value is important to PC gamers at any price; nobody wants to feel like they paid more than they had to.

 

To objectively measure “value,” we take the average of the 99th% FPS in the six games we just looked at, then plot that level of performance over the suggested retail price. This visualizes how much average performance you’re getting 99% of the time for your hard-earned cash. Dots towards the upper left of the chart represent a better value for you (more performance, less money). The value of the 1800X is simply extraordinary: it offers a super smooth 99th% experience at half the price.

 

Figure B: 99th Percentile Per Dollar is the mean of the 99th percentile frame rates of all tested titles in Figure A, on the same system(s) as Figure A. Core i7-6900K pricing ($1099 USD) obtained from Intel ARK as of 2/1/2017. AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X pricing ($499 USD) is AMD SEP as of 2/1/2017.

 

Are you ready for Ryzen™?

The AMD Ryzen™ 1800X Processor and nearly 80+ motherboards are available in the market—right now! Gamers should consider a motherboard based on the AMD B350 chipset for single-GPU systems, or the AMD X370 chipset for dual-GPU systems. Pair that with a speedy NVMe SSD, plus 8-16GB of dual channel DDR4-2667, and you’re off to the races with a seriously powerful gaming rig.

 

And if you’ve already pressed the “order” button, let us know on Twitter @AMDRyzen! We’d love to see pictures of your new build when the parts arrive.

 

Robert Hallock is a technical marketing guy for AMD. His postings are his/her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

Correction notice: The original version of this blog incorrectly indicated that Battlefield™ 4 was running in DirectX® 12 mode. This has been corrected to DirectX™ 11.

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive AMD_com blog title image v2.pngBy Sasa Marinkovic

 

This time last year marked a groundbreaking event in AMD’s history: the launch of Radeon Software Crimson Edition, revolutionary new graphics software enabling supercharged performance for Radeon GPUs and AMD APUs, while redefining and enriching the overall user experience with exciting new features and innovative functionality.

 

Since the Radeon Software Crimson Edition launch last year, we delivered 29 driver releases, including eight WHQL-certified drivers, earning a user-satisfaction rating of 4.5/5 — the highest-ever rating achieved by any AMD software release.

 

Radeon Software Crimson Edition was a blockbuster success, earning accolades from users, reviewers, gamers, and developers, along with coveted industry recognition and awards. With all this industry praise, did we rest on our laurels? Absolutely not.

 

Introducing Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition, our biggest software release — ever.

 

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition is AMD’s next-generation graphics software for enabling high-performance gaming, engaging VR experiences on VR-capable hardware, and innovative new features offering professional-grade reliability and stability. With more than 400 million gamers playing on Radeon™ graphics worldwide, it should come as no surprise that the new release focuses on features demanded by gamers. In fact, we decided to name the new release for the feature requested most by gamers: Radeon ReLive.

 

With Radeon ReLive, gamers can “relive” their gameplay by capturing, streaming, and sharing recorded gaming sessions. Highly efficient with minimal impact to gameplay, Radeon ReLive enables seamless playback of ReLive recordings via an easily accessible in-game toolbar, and offers quick and convenient customizable settings, custom scene layouts, and more. With Radeon ReLive, gamers now have a way to capture gaming highlights, and share their gaming exploits and conquests with online friends and competitors.

 

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive AMD_com blog Chill v2.pngAnother amazing feature tailored for gamers is Radeon Chill, a power-efficient framerate controller for Radeon graphics that dynamically regulates framerate based on the speed of your mouse movements. Radeon Chill was designed to reduce system power consumption while maintaining an excellent end-user gaming experience, enabling gameplay without noticeable impact to performance while helping maintain a cooler and quieter system.

 

Radeon Chill adapts the in-game frame rate to the action that is occurring onscreen. If the game action is mostly static or the game character is not moving, Radeon Chill quickly scales-down frame rates to save power. As soon as the game character resumes moving, Radeon Chill responds by increasing frame rates to preserve fluid gaming motion.

 

Enhanced AMD FreeSync™ technology enables seamless communication between the display and the graphics card for naturally smooth gameplay, with a borderless full-screen mode that enables effortless switching between applications. FreeSync’s gradual refresh-ramp enables a smooth increase or decrease in display frames per second, providing an even smoother end-user experience.

 

And there’s more. Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition is packed with innovative features including Automatic Bad HDMI™ Cable and Signal Detection and Fallback, VP9 Decode Acceleration, DisplayPort HBR3 Support, Radeon Software Installer, and more.

 

Another first for this year is our Radeon Pro Software Crimson Relive Edition launching simultaneously as part of our Radeon Software annual launch. Radeon Pro ReLive software enables capturing and recording professional workflows within CAD/engineering applications, visualization and prototyping software, content-creation tools for collaboration, presentation, training and customer support, and more. Free and seamlessly integrated within Radeon Pro Settings, Radeon ReLive enables full control of its video capture parameters, including customizable recording quality at up to 4K resolution.

 

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive AMD_com blog ProRender.pngRadeon ProRender is a powerful physically-based rendering engine that helps creative professionals produce stunningly photorealistic images, with planned upgrades in 2017 to include native application integration for Blender and Maxon’s Cinema 4D.

 

Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition also introduces innovative features for empowering developers and dreamers with open-source tools that redefine visual and audio quality. Radeon Loom software overcomes formidable technology challenges with the processing-intensive video stitching process that is vital to creating cinematic 360-degree video experiences in VR. Built upon the Khronos OpenVX™ computer vision framework as implemented by AMD, the professional-grade Radeon Loom software stitches output from up to 24 cameras live in real-time and up to 31 cameras offline.

 

Supporting the acclaimed AMD LiquidVR™ technology and Radeon VR Ready Creator1 graphics cards, Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition works with professional applications supporting CAD and 3D model visualization in VR, virtual prototyping, and VR content-creation tools on VR-capable hardware.

 

Professional users demand professional-grade softwareand Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition delivers. The new Radeon Software Pro Crimson ReLive Edition release reaffirms AMD’s continuing commitment to providing content creators and designers with high-performance and stable certified professional software. There’s also good news for Linux® users: AMD’s ongoing commitment and support for open-source technologies and tools means Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition now supports the AMD GPU-PRO hybrid Linux driver. This new Linux driver combines two great worlds — an open-source core and AMD Radeon Pro graphics’ technologies and performance.

 

TressFX 4.0, a state-of-the-art hair-rendering tool enables developers to create high-fidelity hair interactions in DirectX®12, and features new streamlined code that makes seamless integration of high-quality hair designs incredibly easy. Depth of Field is an advanced blurring tool that assists creators in developing high-quality focus and blur effects with low overhead processing by leveraging the power of asynchronous compute. Advanced Media Framework 1.4 (AMF 1.4) unifies video data and provides the GPU-accelerated foundation for many industry leading video and streaming applications.

 

RadeoRadeon Software Crimson ReLive AMD_com blog Mulitres.pngn Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition leverages AMD LiquidVR™ technology for incredibly realistic VR experiences on VR capable hardware. Asynchronous Space Warp for Oculus Rift improves on the Asynchronous Time Warp (ATW) feature, enabling VR to render at lower frame rates by extrapolating intermediate frames. TrueAudio Next enables lifelike acoustics and enhances sound perception, helping create realistic echoes and reverberations within a setting, and boosting overall audio quality to match stunning game visuals. MultiRes rendering enables improved performance by reducing API overhead and reduced pixel-processing cost by matching the rendered image resolution to select VR HMD’s optical system, and MultiView intelligent rendering algorithms enable single-pass rendering that can further reduce pixel-processing cost.

 

Much more than the sum of graphics power and innovative features, Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition and Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition strive to fulfill the essential promise of graphics software: to entertain, enable and inspire the next generation of gamers, professionals, developers, and content creators — and to harness the power of advanced graphics technology to enhance our digital lives.

 

Download Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition or Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition today — and discover the true power of Radeon graphics.

 

Sasa Marinkovic is Head of Software Marketing at AMD. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

1. Radeon VR Ready Creator Products are select Radeon Pro and AMD FirePro GPUs that meet or exceed the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive recommended specifications for video cards/GPUs. Other hardware (including CPU) and system requirements recommended by Oculus Rift or HTC Vive should also be met in order to operate the applicable HMDs as intended. As VR technology, HMDs and other VR hardware and software evolve and/or become available, these criteria may change without notice.

Last month we showed you how AMD FX® customers are getting supercharged Battlefield® 1 performance with DirectX® 12. This month, the good news keeps rolling straight into virtual reality: the AMD FX® 4350, 6350, 8350, 8370, 9370 and 9590 are now approved processors for the Oculus Rift™. With the power of these AMD FX® processors and a GPU like the Radeon™ RX 470, an Oculus-approved experience is now incredibly accessible for millions of gamers.

 

A peek behind the curtains

 

Today’s certification is the exciting conclusion to the unveiling of Asynchronous Space Warp (ASW) in October. In a nut shell, ASW allows a PC to compare the differences between two rendered frames to quickly create a third frame with all of its scenery in the proper place. Vitally, the ASW frame is inferred from a comparison, rather than rendered in full, so it’s quick to make.

 

ASW is an important tool to address the often challenging issue of rapid head movement in virtual reality. Fast or erratic movement in a VR environment can be tough for any gaming PC to handle, and that can be compounded as the visual fidelity of the game increases—the margin for error just gets smaller and smaller. If the user is looking around while the PC is between complete frames, the inferred frames from asynchronous space warp are an excellent way to smooth over that margin to sustain a fluent VR environment.

 

It seems uncomplicated from the 10,000-foot view, but asynchronous space warp is compute-intensive—it’s truly predicting the future based on past frames! Accurate ASW requires agility from the underlying PC, and a robust flow of information from the processor to a GPU’s compute pipelines. To be clear, the stakes are pretty high: there is the viscerally unpleasant possibility that players could become sick if the system is not up to the task of enforcing smooth gameplay.

 

We take that responsibility very seriously, and so does our hardware. The Oculus “seal of approval” for these AMD FX processors confirms that our powerful multi-core chips are more than up to the task of delivering the smooth experience you deserve on a budget you’ll love.

Battlefield™ 1 has now been on the scene for a spell, and we hope y’all are having a blast storming the trenches with powerful Great War weapons like the mighty Kolibri. Between rounds, we’ve been crunching the numbers on the new DirectX® 12 renderer in Battlefield 1’s Frostbite Engine, and AMD FX users are in for a real treat: 30-46% higher framerates!1

 

Here it is, plain as day:

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But… how?

The secret lies in a DirectX® 12 feature “multi-threaded command buffer recording,” which we covered in detail last year. The short version is pretty straightforward: MTCBR allows a game’s “to-do list”—its geometry, texture, physics, and other requests—to be interpreted and passed to the GPU by multiple CPU cores, rather than just one or two cores as in DirectX® 11.

 

Because the processor can tackle the to-do list more quickly with DirectX® 12, the flow of information into the graphics card can be accelerated, which helps rendering tasks spend less time waiting around for important bits to appear.

 

In software as in real life: having more hands for a complex job just gets things done a little (or a lot) more quickly. See you on the Battlefield!

 

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FOOTNOTES:

1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 19 October, 2016 on the AMD FX 8370, FX 8350, FX 8300, FX 6350 and FX 6300. Test system: Radeon™ RX 480 GPU, 8GB DDR3-1866, 512GB SanDisk X300 SSD, Windows 10 Pro x64, Radeon™ Software 16.9.2, 1920x1080 resolution, Ultra in-game preset. Average framerates DirectX® 11 vs. 12: AMD FX-8370 (66.9 vs. 86.9), FX-8350 (61.58 vs. 84.89), FX-8300 (58.76 vs. 80.6), FX-6350 (60.03 vs. 80.48), FX-6300 (52.38 vs. 76.24).  PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Results may vary with future drivers. DTV-84

Adding to Radeon Software Crimson Edition’s enhancements for DirectX® 9, DirectX® 10, and DirectX® 11, Radeon Software 16.9.1 enables multi-GPU frame pacing support to DirectX®12 on all GCN-enabled GPUs and AMD A8 APUs or higher with GCN.

 

Frame pacing delivers consistency by increasing smoothness in gameplay. In multi-GPU (mGPU) configurations, GPUs render alternating frames and push each frame to your screen. Each render can be created at various speeds causing differences in frame time. With frame pacing enabled, frames are distributed evenly, i.e. with less variance between frames, creating liquid smooth gameplay. For more details, please watch the following video: Radeon Tech Talk: DirectX® 12 Multi-GPU Frame Pacing https://youtu.be/voCapB43F0k

 

A number of games currently take advantage of frame pacing in DirectX®12. Total War™ – Warhammer®, Rise of the Tomb Raider™ and the 3DMark® Time Spy benchmark also show smoother run-throughs.  

 

Let’s look at the some real-life scenarios:

 

 

 

 

 

With Radeon’s DirectX® 12 frame pacing enabled, the Radeon™ RX 480 delivers up to 35% lower 99th-percentile frame times in Rise of the Tomb Raider™ at 2560x1440 with Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.1 pre-release driver.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Radeon’s DirectX® 12 frame pacing enabled, the Radeon™ RX 480 delivers up to 37% lower 99th-percentile frame times in Total War™ - Warhammer® at 3840x2160 with Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.1 pre-release driver.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Radeon’s DirectX® 12 frame pacing enabled, the Radeon™ RX 480 delivers up to 44% lower 99th-percentile frame times in 3DMark® Time Spy at the 1440p Default preset with Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.1 pre-release driver.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you were looking for smoother gameplay and to better your mGPU setup, try upgradimng to Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.1.

 

Gurman Singh is a member of Software Marketing at AMD.

 

1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of August 19th, 2016 on two Radeon™ RX 480s, on a test system comprising Intel i7 5960X CPU, 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, Radeon Software Crimson Edition pre-release driver 16.9.1 and Windows 10 x64 using the game Rise of the Tomb Raider version 1.0 build 647.2_64 at 2560x1440 and very high preset with Direct X® 12 frame pacing enabled. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.1 pre-release driver running Rise of the Tomb Raider DirectX®12 on two Radeon™ RX 480 with frame pacing enabled delivers 99th percentile display change frame times of 15.9 ms vs.99th percentile display change  frame time of 24.5 ms with frame pacing disabled, which is 35% lower 99th-percentile frame times. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Test results are not average and may vary. RS-62

2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of August 19th, 2016 on two Radeon™ RX 480s, on a test system comprising Intel i7 5960X CPU, 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, Radeon Software Crimson Edition pre-release driver 16.9.1 and Windows 10 x64 using the game Total War - Warhammer version 9483.873 at 3840x2160 and ultra preset with DirectX®12 frame pacing enabled. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.1 pre-release driver running Total War - Warhammer DirectX®12 on two Radeon™ RX 480s with frame pacing enabled delivers 99th percentile display change frame times of 24.2 ms vs. 99th percentile display change frame times of 38.4 ms, with frame pacing disabled which is 37% less variance. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Test results are not average and may vary. RS-63

3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of August 19th, 2016 on two Radeon™ RX 480s, on a test system comprising Intel i7 5960X CPU, 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, Radeon Software Crimson Edition pre-release driver 16.9.1 and Windows 10 x64 using the game 3DMark Time Spy – GT1 version 2.1.2748 at Default 2560x1440 and the default preset with DirectX®12 frame pacing enabled. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.1 pre-release driver running 3DMark Time Spy – GT1 DirectX®12 on two AMD Radeon™ RX 480s with frame pacing enabled delivers 99th percentile display change frame times of 17.2 ms vs. 99th percentile display change frame times of 30.9 ms with frame pacing disabled, which is 44% less variance. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Test results are not average and may vary. RS-64

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided™ released globally to public praise on August 23rd with DirectX® 11 support. Today, developers Eidos and Square Enix announced that DirectX® 12 support is live.

 

The renowned world of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided™ is taken to a whole new level with Microsoft’s DirectX 12 API, AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) and Polaris architectures.

 

DirectX® 12 takes advantage of asynchronous compute – GPU multitasking that virtually eliminates frame render scheduling issues, allowing developers to create a richer mix of compute and graphics workloads simultaneously on your GPU. The end result is more efficient use of your GPU to enable a more immersive gaming experience due to increased graphics clarity, high frame rates, and enhanced AI.

 

“As the fastest adopted API in the last decade – hardware, software and game support for DirectX12’s asynchronous compute features are vital to ensure gamers experience maximum performance optimization for their hardware,” said Julien Bouvrais, CTO of Eidos-Montreal. “A standout feature of AMD Radeon graphics are asynchronous shaders, which allow game developers like us to make more efficient use of the hardware with DirectX12, extracting more performance, faster frame rates and improved responsiveness.”

 

  • Up to 46% faster performance at 1920x1080 high preset on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DirectX® 12 edition using RSCE 16.9.1 and Radeon™ Sapphire Nitro+ RX 480 8GB than with GTX 1060 FE and GeForce Experience 372.70 WHQL.1

 

AMD Radeon graphics users are ready to game in the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's DirectX12 patch, with our latest version of Radeon Software 16.9.1.

 

1 Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of September 7th, 2016 on the Radeon™ Sapphire Nitro+ RX 480 8GB and Nvidia GTX 1060 FE, on a test system comprising Intel i7 5960X CPU (3.0 GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 16.9.1, GeForce Experience 372.70 WHQL and Windows 10 x64 using the game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DirectX®12 on the high preset. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 1920x1080, GeForce Experience 372.70 WHQL and Nvidia GTX 1060 FE running Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DirectX®12 scored 55 and Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.1 running Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DirectX®12 scored 69.5 on Radeon™ Sapphire Nitro+ RX 480 8GB, which is 46% faster performance. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-60