Now Would Be The Best Time To Ditch Intel In Favor Of AMD Ryzen

Intel and AMD have been at each other’s throats for as long as I can remember and now that AMD is back with AMD Ryzen the war is on once again but it seems that now would be the best time to ditch Intel in favor of AMD instead. Why is that the case? We are going to talk about all that here so stick around.

Intel has been known for introducing marginal improvements year after year and while these might not be considered worth the upgrade by most it was the only option because AMD was not putting any alternatives on the table. Now that AMD has come back into the CPU market and has caused plenty of disruption Intel has brought its A-game and increased the number of cores and threads across the while mainstream lineup.

Why It Is The Best Time To Ditch Intel In Favor Of AMD

While Intel has dominated the CPU market for a long time. AMD is back with a plan and has been gaining a lot of attention and market share in the process. Having that said AMD has introduced plenty of products in the CPU market that is very competitive as compared to what Intel has brought to the table lately.

Here we are going to talk about all the reasons why you should seriously consider buying AMD over Intel the next time that you are in the market for a new CPU.

More CPU For Your Money

AMD Ryzen comes with up to 8 cores and 16 threads while the Intel Coffee Lake of CPUs offers 6 cores and 12 threads at most. I know performance is marginally better on the Intel side of things when it comes to gaming but the prices are very competitive and if you are planning to do something other than gaming on the side the AMD is the way to go.

The additional cores and threads come in handy when multi-tasking, streaming, content creation and other CPU intensive applications of the sorts. There have been price cuts for the CPUs that have come out in 2017 and the AMD Ryzen series of CPUs are cheaper than ever before making then better value for money as compared to Intel Coffee Lake series of CPUs.

The new prices of the AMD Ryzen chips are as follows:

SKU Old Price New Price
AMD Ryzen 1800X $499 $349
AMD Ryzen 1700X $399 $309
AMD Ryzen 1700 $329 $299
AMD Ryzen 1600X $249 $219
AMD Ryzen 1600 $219 $189
AMD Ryzen 1500X $189 $174
AMD Ryzen 1300X $129 ——-

You can see that the difference in pricing is significant and that you are getting a lot of cores and threads for your money.

More Security

Now that we all know about the Meltdown and Spectre bugs we know that AMD platforms are secure as compared to Intel. Several lawsuits have been filed against the company and you can read about all that here. Intel is not even willing to replace affected CPUs. Keeping all this in mind, AMD seems like a better bet as compared to Intel.

Meltdown and Spectre have been there for some time now but have just come into the spotlight so there is plenty that we do not know about these bugs. It is possible that more information becomes available in the near future but as of right now AMD seems like the way to go if you are in the market for a new CPU.

AMD Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge 12nm Based Chips

AMD Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge 12nm Based Chips have been announced and will be coming out in April 2018. While the first generation of AMD Ryzen CPUs were great, you can expect AMD Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge CPUs to be even better. While there will be no increase in the core count and threads, there will be an increase in clock speeds and there will be additional features that will bring out the best in the CPU.

AMD Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge 12nm based chips will feature Precision Boost 2 and Extended Frequency Range (XFR) 2. The following is what James Prior had to say about the upcoming chips:

“it’s not an area statement, it’s a power efficiency statement. The area is not going to change much, but the ability for us to manipulate the frequency-voltage curve has improved.”

New AMD Wraith Prism Cooler

The AMD Wraith Prism cooler not only looks good but judging from previous coolers that AMD has introduced, it should perform well as well. That means that it will not only have looks, but functionality as well. You can check out more information regarding the cooler here.

AMD has come a long way from where it was a few years back and the company is taking back some of the CPU market share. Having that said, Intel will need to be brave in order to compete with AMD keeping in mind the blunders with Meltdown and Spectre.

While AMD has been able to perform on the CPU side of things it is disappointing to see what AMD VEga turned out to be. Things are not all that bad though as these graphics cards are getting better with each AAA game release. Vega a new product and there is room for further improvement. We are looking forward to the AMD Vega refresh as well as AMD Navi.

It has been confirmed that AMD Vega refresh and AMD Navi will be based on the 7nm process and will be coming out in 2018. We will see whether or not AMD can blow Nvidia out of the park with the AMD Vega refresh or AMD Navi but seeing how Nvidia just launched the Titan Xp Star Wars Edition as well as the GTX 1070 Ti, it does not seem that Nvidia Volta for gaming is going to be coming soon.

Nvidia Volta and AMD Navi are on our list of most anticipated hardware and you can check out other hardware that we are interested in checking out here.

let us know what you think about all this and whether or not you would prefer AMD over Intel all things considered.

Sarmad is our Senior Editor, and is also one of the more refined and cultured among us. He's 25, a finance major, and having the time of his life writing about videogames.