Reports reveal that AMD has started sampling 4-core Ryzen CPUs which will be competing against the Intel i3 and i5 CPUs. These 4-core Ryzen CPUs have hyperthreading disabled. Although there will be no hyperthreading users will still get some overclocking headroom as these CPUs do have an unlocked multiplier.
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Looking at how some of the lower end CPUs from Intel also feature an unlocked multiplier it will be interesting to see how 4-core Ryzen CPUs will impact the market. i3 CPUs may have hyper threading and the Kaby Lake series has now introduced unlocked CPUs but 4 cores are still better than 2 when it comes to gaming. As more and more games take advantage of more physical cores I think people will be more inclined towards 4-core Ryzen CPUs as compared to dual core i3 processors.
We expect these 4-core Ryzen CPUs to have a 3.4 GHz base clock. The new SenseMI technology will handle overclocking on its own. But you will need a proper cooling solution in order to take advantage of this technology. You will not be getting a lot of performance from the stock cooler but move to an all in one liquid cooling solution and you can expect some great boosts in clocks.
The CPUs come with a 45W TDP, the pricing has not been revealed yet but the CPUs will be available in March so stay tuned for more information regarding the 4-core Ryzen CPUs. This could be the year for team red as they have a good lineup for the budget gamer as well as the mid-range and overclocking enthusiasts as well.