AMD, after its foundation, never really competed with Intel on the processor market. Offering clones of x86 architecture with a military level of reliability, it had a certain share of consumers until the light saw the Pentium series, which required all the engineering potential to bring about a worthy response. In fact, the chips of the new, own K5 architecture turned out to be very productive in office applications, but not in the then gaining popularity multimedia. The purchase of fading competitors allowed the release of different generations of K6 processors, which, unfortunately, still could not show themselves in floating-point operations. And, it would seem, AMD will forever remain catching up, but a miracle happened – a team led by Jim Keller, one of the developers of server processors DEC Alpha, introduced the architecture of K7, forever changing the course of history.
In the early 2000’s AMD with processors Athlon and Duron broke into the market of workstations and gaming PCs, and chips of architecture K8 further strengthened its position, including the server segment, where Intel reigned for a long time. The Phenom solutions based on the K10 released a little later, and it became more difficult for them to compete with the latest products of the Core series. The fans of “white-green” expected the second coming in the face of Bulldozer, which was supposed to bring SMT technology, similar to Intel Hyper-Threading, but more “iron”. And, as always, the scourge of AMD processors, namely the lack of software support, played a cruel joke with them – at that time a miracle did not happen, although the architecture of the novelties was promising. Now all the attention of the public is riveted to the decisions of Zen, but whether they can justify the hopes, we just have to find out.
The lack of a cooling system does not surprise you – the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X / 1700X processors are still available without it. In the future, possible “packs” with a proprietary branded cooler Wraith Max, but a simple Ryzen 7 1700 can now be purchased with Wraith Spire. Both of these models have RGB-backlighting, which will be especially liked by modders. For the usual Wraith Stealth, apparently, it is destined to cool the younger Ryzen models, which should appear somewhere in the second quarter of this year. There is also information that Wraith Max and Wraith Stealth will be available only for assemblers of ready systems.
Externally, the body of new products has not changed at all since the release of K8 – the same large heat distribution cover completely covers the processor substrate, but unlike the old solutions, the name of the series is now engraved with large letters and it is unlikely that it will be confused with the same Bulldozer and derivatives.
But the “abdomen” has changed and now it resembles the APU, only the number of contacts has been increased to 1331 (940 for AM3 + and 906 for FM2 +). The legs are thinner, so when handling the processor, you need to be even more careful than before.
In addition to the connector, the cooler was attached to the changes, or, more accurately, the near-okhotk “frame” – it became simpler and wider. The latter is due to the complicated wiring layout and the need to increase the mechanical strength for this.
However, ASUS has released “motherboards” with universal holes that allow using old mounts for Socket AM3 (+) / FM2 (+), which will facilitate the transition to a new platform with previously acquired cooling systems.
The Ryzen 7 1800X processor has eight physical cores and supports SMT technology, but unlike the predecessors on the Bulldozer core, AMD has again returned to the classic scheme and now each core has its own FPU.