Hello, everyone! Welcome to yet another issue of The Weekly Dracus! Today we’ll be discussing some hot recently trending topics for the gaming world: the AMD Ryzen CPUs and the leaked specs of the upcoming GTX 1080Ti Pascal-based enthusiast grade GPU!
We’ll also do some gut-feeling speculation on when we will be seeing 2160p gaming at 60Hz, on mid-to-high range (think GTX 1070 GPU / Intel Core i5 CPU) hardware.
So… get reading!
AMD Ryzen CPUs
AMD has been falling behind Intel (and nVidia) lately.
Specifically, as far as CPUs are concerned, AMD has strayed way back for quite a while now.
When Intel was pushing out new chipsets that supported DDR4 memory (along with other benefits), AMD was still sporting “outdated” chipsets on age-old processors that could only rival Intel’s in terms of price, and not so much in terms of performance.
It’s been confirmed that AMD is going to begin pushing out their new generation of CPUs starting March 2nd 2017, aiming to tackle Intel’s counterparts across their entire price range.
AMD’s Ryzen CPUs will be their first ones based on the much anticipated Zen architecture – the most powerful and most power efficient architecture ever developed by the company (so far) – which will be built on a 14nm FinFET process.
The Ryzen CPU lineup focuses on enthusiasts and will boast performance frighteningly similar to Intel’s ethusiast CPUs (such as the 6700K, 6800k, 6900K processors)
Current leaks, sourced from Wccftech’s article, point out the following potential CPU models:
- Ryzen 8 Core / 16 Thread CPUs | Price range: $319 – $499
- R7 1800X | 8 Cores | 16 Threads | 3.6-4.0 GHz clock frequency | 95W TDP | 16MB L3 Cache | Price: $499 | Rival: i7-6900K
- R7 1700X | 8 Cores | 16 Threads | 3.4-3.8 GHz clock frequency | 95W TDP | 16MB L3 Cache | Price: $389 | Rival: i7-6850K
- R7 1700 | 8 Cores | 16 Threads | 3.0-3.7 GHz clock frequency | 65W TDP | 16MB L3 Cache | Price: $319 | Rival: i7-6800K
- Ryzen 6 Core / 12 Thread CPUs | Price range: $229 – $ 259
- R5 1600X | 6 Cores | 12 Threads | 3.3-3.7 Ghz clock frequency | 65W TDP | 16MB L3 Cache | Price: $259 | Rival: i7-7700K
- R5 1500 | 6 Cores | 12 Threads | 3.2-3.4 GHz clock frequency | 65W TDP | 16 MB L3 Cache | Price: $229 | Rival: i7-700
- R5 1400X | 4 Cores | 8 Threads | 3.5-3.9 GHz clock frequency | 65W TDP | 8MB L3 Cache | Price: $199 | Rival: i5-7600K
- R5 1300 | 4 Cores | 8 Threads | 3.3-3.6 GHz clock frequency | 65W TDP | 8MB L3 Cache | Price: $175 | Rival: i5-7600
- Ryzen 4 Core / 8 Thread CPUs | Price range: $175 – $199
- R5 1400X | 4 Cores | 8 Threads | 3.5-3.9 GHz clock frequency | 65W TDP | 16MB L3 Cache | Price: $199
- R5 1300 | 4 Cores | 8 Threads | 3.3-3.6 GHz clock frequency | 65W TDP | 16MB L3 Cache | Price: $175
- Ryzen 4 Core / 4 Thread CPUs | Price Range $129 – $149
- R3 1200X | 4 Cores | 4 Threads | 3.4-3.8 GHz clock frequency | 65W TDP | 8MB L3 Cache | Price: $149 | Rival: i5-7500
- R3 1100 | 4 Cores | 4 Threads | 3.2-3.5 GHz clock frequency | 65W TDP | 8MB L3 Cache | Price: $129 | Rival: i3-7350K
GTX 1080Ti Specs Speculation
It’s been roughly 9 months since the release of the beastly GTX 1080 into the market.
The GTX 1080 surpassed all previous Maxwell-based graphics cards by a considerable margin – even the feared Titan X.
According to tradition, the Ti version of the x80 GPU is usually released at most after a year after the original release.
And if experience has tought us enough, the x80Ti GPU quickly becomes the favorite enthusiast-level GPU of that specific generation, due to two factors: It offers nearly the same performance as the “Titan” GPU of the same generation, but at a considerably lower price.
The 1080Ti will most probably feature 3328 CUDA cores, or, in other words, the same amount of CUDA cores as the Titan X (3584 CUDA cores), but with two (2) Stream Multiprocessors disabled (1 SM = 128 CUDA cores, so 3584 – 2*128 = 3328).
It will be clocked at around 1500MHz, with a boost clock of ~1600MHz, and it will most probably carry 10GB of (hopefully) GDDR5X (and not plain GDDR5), with a 384-bit interface (10Gbps memory speed, and 480GB/s memory bandwidth).
If these rumors are true, then expect its price to be slightly or quite a bit higher than the GTX 1080, but not nearly as close to the Titan X’s price.
It is very probable than nVidia will arrange for the release of the GTX 1080Ti to coincide with AMD’s first Vega-based GPU (or even be released before Vega), for immediate competition.
Either way, I must say that I cannot be the only one expecting to see benchmarks of this monster.
Alright everyone, that would be it for this week’s issue of The Weekly Dracus. Let me know of any information regarding the speculations in this article or if you have any remark in general.
Either way, I’ll see you in the next issue!
Have fun and stay safe!