Ryzen, a return to the glory days of overclocking?

Ryzen, a return to the glory days of overclocking?

Clock speeds and pricing have been leaked for AMD's entire Ryzen lineup

Ryzen, a return to the glory days of overclocking?

 
 
In recent years overclocking has been limited to only select CPU SKUs, with Intel locking overclock support behind select K-series CPU models which come with price premiums over their lower-end non-overclocking counterparts.  
 
In the past overclocking was possible on most CPUs using a CPU's base clock, though not that is not a given, especially on Intel hardware. With recent CPU generations, Overclocking has been a pastime for only premium PC builders, locking out those who do not have the budget to build high-end PCs. 
 
Now with Ryzen, it looks like AMD will be bringing overclocking back to its roots, where PC builders will be able to overclock even budget-friendly hardware to achieve unparalleled price/performance levels. Recent leaks have shown that ASUS will have an overclocking-ready motherboard that costs $69 and that AMD's low-end quad-core/quad-thread Ryzen R3 1100 will cost around $130, allowing PC builders to have an overclockable CPU/motherboard combo for under $200. 
 
Compare this to Intel who's overclockable i5 CPUs typically cost over $200 on their own, with overclocking-ready Z270 motherboards command their own price premium. This places Ryzen in a position where it can offer a staggering amount of value for money, especially if Ryzen can overclock well. 
 
 
ASUS has announced their CROSSHAIR VI Hero AM4 Motherboard
 
 
Right now we do not know how well AMD's Ryzen CPU architecture will perform, or how well the architecture will overclock, though if AMD can offer Haswell or higher levels of IPC and overclocks of around 4.5GHz or higher then the company will certainly thrash intel in terms of price/performance.   
 
At this time AMD has not announced their official launch date for Ryzen, or any indication on when professional reviews for the platform will go live, though it is likely to take place in GDC in late February or early march. 
 
 
 
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13-02-2017, 12:44:11

wozza365
I actually have a feeling these chips won't actually overclock all that well. Not sure why, but the stock and boost clock speeds are all fairly low in the leaks, which leads me to believe that the top ones can't all reliable hit much more than 4GHz.

But I really hope I'm wrong!Quote

13-02-2017, 12:46:48

WYP
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Originally Posted by wozza365 View Post
I actually have a feeling these chips won't actually overclock all that well. Not sure why, but the stock and boost clock speeds are all fairly low in the leaks, which leads me to believe that the top ones can't all reliable hit much more than 4GHz.

But I really hope I'm wrong!
Yeah, but look at Intel CPUs, only recent generations have had high base/boost clocks at stock, though they have easily OC'd to 4.5 since Sandy Bridge.Quote

13-02-2017, 12:56:58

Armageddon
Quote:
Originally Posted by wozza365 View Post
I actually have a feeling these chips won't actually overclock all that well. Not sure why, but the stock and boost clock speeds are all fairly low in the leaks, which leads me to believe that the top ones can't all reliable hit much more than 4GHz.

But I really hope I'm wrong!
We can only have hope ....

Remember i7 920 from 2,6Ghz to 4Ghz ~ 4,2GhzQuote

13-02-2017, 13:08:44

Dark NighT
Quote:
Originally Posted by wozza365 View Post
I actually have a feeling these chips won't actually overclock all that well. Not sure why, but the stock and boost clock speeds are all fairly low in the leaks, which leads me to believe that the top ones can't all reliable hit much more than 4GHz.

But I really hope I'm wrong!
Thing is though, with intel's marketing shouting about 4, 5 ghz cpu's, people get into the mindset that higher frequencies is better and think that 3 to 4 ghz isn't gonna cut it against higher clocked competitors products, which is completely silly.

I won't dispute higher clocks wont ever be worse, but if a 3.6 ghz amd can keep up or beat a 5 ghz intel, then those numbers are completely useless for comparisons sake, but knowing that obnoxious group of pc master race, im sure they will make a lot of noise about most likely most amd's not even reaching 5ghz.Quote

13-02-2017, 13:36:34

Ando
I have an i5 6500 OC to 4.4, I did this mainly to defy intel! I can see Ryzen bringing in a wave of new overclockers, there is a special feeling when you get that extra performance out of your comp.Quote
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