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The AMD Ryzen range filtered alongside XFR, the “automatic overclocking” of CPUs pointing ways
March 22, 2017
The details of the new AMD Ryzen, the new CPUs of this manufacturer, continue to arrive before its official presentation in the coming weeks, and this time have come the main specifications and prices of the entire range, something that allows us to let’s get a good idea of what we can expect from this family.
The first filtered tests also speak very well of the potential of Ryzen, and although it is advisable not to trust everything points to finally Intel will find the last of his shoe. Among the options of these micros there is also a very striking: XFR technology, which activates an “automatic overclocking” mode that takes the processor to offer even more performance than the usual “Turbo” modes without the user having to do nothing.
Get ready for the AMD Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3
In wccftech published those data filtered by several Chinese websites in which lists of AMD Ryzen processors sorted by price and range, including both the number of cores and threads with the number of operating frequencies, The size of its L3 caches and the TDP in which these solutions are framed, in addition, of course, the expected price for these models.
AMD prepares three large families of processors that precisely use a nomenclature similar to that of Intel so that we can have quick reference and compare equivalent models. We have the AMD Rzyen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 that would be the direct rivals of the Intel Core i7, i7 and i3, and which are available in different TDPs to offer higher and lower processing power and working frequencies, for example.
In the preliminary tests published by VideoCardz with an AMD Ryzen 7 at 3.4 GHz base frequency (without Turbo mode enabled) this processor, connected to an entry-level motherboard and with very normal RAM, showed a really promising potential, Standing between the Intel Core i7 7700K and the Core i7 6800K, two of the most powerful micro of this manufacturer. But there are more.
XFR, an overclocking that you do not know
As we all know, all AMD Ryzen will have the ability to offer support for serial overclocking, something that could make the “special” models might not seem so interesting. AMD will offer for example a R7 1700 “normal” and a R7 1700X. ** What does the final “X” refer to? **
Well, nothing less than support for XFR (eXtended Frequency Range) technology, which is part of AMD’s SenseMI suite. This feature is about delivering automatic performance improvements as long as – and this is important – our cooling solution allows it.
What does this mean? For if we have a good fan or a more ambitious cooling solution (liquid for example) the processor will take advantage of that “guarantee” to automatically force the cores and that the working frequency goes beyond the “safe” Turbo modes.
Caution: X models will have no fan of their own
This means that in the models R7 1800X and R7 1700X, for example, that have a base frequency of 3.6 GHz and 3.4 GHz respectively and a turbo mode that reaches 4 and 3.8 GHz respectively this XFR technology does That when we need those frequencies exceed those 4 GHz and those 3.8 GHz. How much will they exceed?
That will depend on our cooling solution, but in any case users will not have to worry about anything, because it will be this technology that will do everything automatically and transparently. As indicated in TechPowerUp, that would allow a micro with a TDP of 65W that is clearly cheaper than one of the range of 95W could arrive (with a good refrigeration) to yields of micros that exactly belong to that “upper range” of 95W.
This new overclocking orientation has a small print, so be careful: it is expected that the Ryzen processors with the suffix “X” do not have fans included as standard, and it will be the user who has to buy a separate cooling solution that precisely allows them Take advantage of the XFR mode. For the other processors will be offered the already famous fans “Wraith” that debuted a little more than a year.
So, good options both for those who want to go to more manual solutions and for those who want to have that tranquility of automatic overclocking that offer the highest solutions of the range and that of course we can also force at will if that is what we want. Many promising news for some micros that will certainly put the interesting things in this segment.