The new AMD RYZEN chip is AMD’s first CPU going back what is ages in the industry that is able to go toe to toe with what Intel has fielded. Up until now, AMD focused more on the budget minded consumers, however that has all changed with RYZEN!
The RYZEN 7 Series are the first of the new RYZEN chips to come out and RYZEN 5 will be coming out next month. So what makes the 7 series chips so special? Well, for starters it is the first AMD chip to utilize DDR4 memory, because of this the RYZEN uses the new AM4 chipset and runs on the latest X370 boards. All RYZEN 7 CPUs feature an unlocked more multiple and is enabled through the motherboard. The chips are able to overclock themselves using Extended Frequency Range (XFR). This allows the CPU to overclock itself considerably higher than stock speeds providing it stays within thermal parameters, so look into an upgraded cooler. The 8 core and 16 threads that all RYZEN 7 CPUs offer gives the new CPU a leg up on its Intel counterparts as more and more programs utilize multiple threads for multitasking, video and photo editing, gaming and programs like CAD.
Any major computer upgrade generally requires a full software reinstall too. No so if you heed the advice in the guide to Upgrading a Motherboard without Reinstalling. PCSTATS Tips