AMD Ryzen vs Intel Coffee Lake

The AMD Ryzen range has taken the world by storm – in some markets even overtaking Intel sales for the first time in a decade – spurred on by reviewer praise and benchmark results.

In particular, the Ryzen Threadripper CPUs have become the darling of the moment, with the monster 16-core Threadripper 1950X being crowned as the world’s fastest desktop processor.

AMD-Ryzen-Threadripper-1950X-PassmarkAMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 45% faster than Intel Skylake X – wccftech


AMD’s Radeon RX graphic cards have been delivering excellent value for the price but it is the new Radeon RX Vega high-end line of graphics cards that have been kicking up a storm. The RX Vega 56 outpaced the GTX 1070 while the RX Vega 64 Liquid has been going head-to-head with the powerful GTX 1080 Ti, according to the massive Techspot 32-game benchmark.

AMD Radeon RX VegaAMD Radeon RX Vega graphics card

AMD technology

When it comes to sharing their talent, AMD has not been shy. AMD processors can be found in a number of applications and systems –

Kabini (notebooks)
Temash (tablets)
Kyoto (micro-servers)
G-Series (embedded)
Puma series APUs (2014-)
Beema (notebooks)
Mullins (tablets)
Naples EPYC (server)

AMD also co-develops applications with other companies. For instance, the Xbox One X uses the AMD-developed Scorpio Engine, an impressive 32-bit SoC (System on Chip) capable of 6 TFLOPs of computer power. The Xbox One X boasts an 8-core CPU @ 2.3GHz, 12GB GDDR5 RAM and a GPU using a 384-bit memory interface and clocking at 1172MHz. (Only the top GTX, R9 and RX Vega beat that.)

All AMD’s Zen processors – Ryzen on the desktop and Epyc in the server – uses an 8-core, 16-thread chip as building block. But the Threadripper uses two and Epyc uses four.

AMD has also led the way with IGPs (Integrated Graphics Processors) – as in the AMD APUs and as Intel has with the Intel HD Graphics. The RX Vega cores will soon find their way into AMD APUs… and that promises to be bargain processors for the likely performance.

The most exiting development are for MCM (Multi-Chip Module) technology, especially the so-called “chip-stack” packages. Think IBM POWER5 and then imagine a Threadripper version. Awesome!


AMD Ryzen vs Intel Coffee Lake

Size counts, doesn’t it? “No replacement for displacement.” In that case, the Threadripper is full size, as can be seen from this borrowed image from the PCWorld article AMD’s monster 1950X stomps on other CPUs.

Ryzen Threadripper vs rest

Obviously, Intel has not taken all of this lying down. The new Coffee Lake CPUs feature increased L3 cache, increased iGPU clock speeds, increased turbo clock speeds, and the i3 is now quad-core while the i5 and i7 CPUs are 6-core. These 8th generation Intel processors – both the Kaby Lake Refresh and the Coffee Lake (the i9 is a Skylake X model) – are very powerful. Very powerful indeed.

Intel 8th-gen CPUs

Intel Core i9-7980XE

And then, of course, there’s the Core i9-7980 Xtreme Edition, the first 18-core desktop CPU. Fortune magazine calls it the Threadripper killer.


Bang for the buck

At the end of the day, it is the bang for the buck that will count. In this regard, the Socket TR4 Threadripper has the upper hand… for the moment. And you can get your right here.

Date: 14 Oct 2017