The cost of making a CPU depends on the die size, while a smaller die means the CPU will be less-expensive, the bigger the die – more the cost.
An AMD white paper that was presented at the International Solid State Circuits Conference reveals details regarding the die size of the AMD Ryzen x86 core and it states that it is 10% smaller than what Intel has on the market.
It also gives us information that AMD chip making method allows the company to reduce switching capacitance by 15%. According to the EETimes:
Analysts and even Intel engineers in the session said the Zen core is clearly competitive.
Intel CEO recently said that AMD Ryzen was not a threat and that he was confident that Intel Kaby Lake would be enough to compete against the AMD Ryzen CPUs. It seems that Intel has yet another thing to worry about when it comes to their competition. You can check out the details of the AMD Ryzen x86 core size in the image below:
What does this mean for the consumer? As of right now, we do not know how this translates into real-world performance but from what we have seen from AMD demos it is clear that AMD means business and that AMD Ryzen x86 core has some great performance to offer. We also know that in order to compete with Intel AMD will need to price the AMD Ryzen chips competitively.
Keeping in mind that the die size is smaller for the AMD Ryzen x86 core and it is possible that the chips will be cheaper as well. We do not know right now whether or not this is actually helping AMD save some money but as per general rule, it should and if that is so, this could mean that the AMD Ryzen CPUs will be competitively priced.
Let us know what you think about the smaller die size of the AMD Ryzen x86 core and the upcoming AMD Ryzen CPUs that will be coming out next month.