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AMD unveils Ryzen 7 desktop processors

New processors set to reinvigorate the desktop computing market

Su says Ryzen represents innovation to the high-performance computing market.
Su says Ryzen represents innovation to the high-performance computing market.

After four years of development, chip maker AMD has released the first three models of its highly anticipated, high-performance AMD Ryzen desktop processor.

According to the vendor, strong demand for the new desktop CPUs drove record pre-orders from more than 180 global etailers and boutique OEMs throughout the week prior to launch.

Now offered for purchase around the globe, Ryzen is the first processor based on the entirely new AMD "Zen" core microarchitecture, bringing leadership multi-core performance for PC gamers, creators, and hardware enthusiasts around the world.

"The launch of Ryzen represents AMD at its best, delivering great products and innovation to the high-performance computing market," said Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD. "With Ryzen 7 desktop processors, AMD delivers to PC gamers, prosumers and enthusiasts both the highest performance and the lowest power 8-core desktop PC processors, bringing the absolute best PC experience to millions of people."

AMD said there are three 8-core Ryzen 7 models available. Beginning in Q2 2016, the company expects to launch 6- and 4-core Ryzen 5 processors followed later this year by Ryzen 3, which is designed to bring more performance to mainstream applications. All Ryzen processors support the new AM4 infrastructure, with motherboard designs available from top ODMs.

Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD, said: "Ryzen processors incorporate intelligent, performance-boosting technology that provides PC gamers, prosumers, and enthusiasts with incredible responsiveness, outstanding performance, and more immersive experiences, all in an extremely efficient package."

Anderson added that: "In the near future we will bring to market additional lines of Ryzen processors, scaling from Ryzen 7 in the enthusiast segment, through high performance users with Ryzen 5, and then mainstream users with Ryzen 3."

He said this CPU portfolio represents disruptive price-to-performance and compelling top-to-bottom features like unlocked CPU multipliers and AMD SenseMI Technology.