Being even handed, one area where Intel wins out is with due consideration that Core i3 chips feature integrated graphics - Ryzen 3s, like their brethren, all need to be used with discrete GPUs, so bear this in mind when speccing up budget system builds.
The Ryzen 3 will be competing squarely against the Intel Core i3 processors, which are all dual core processors with four threads, hence AMD's push on the "true quad-core" branding. The higher margin profile of the Ryzen CPUs, along with higher GPU average selling prices (ASP) lifted the Computing and Graphics segment to an operating profit of $7 million, a significant improvement over the $81 million loss posted in Q2 2016. GST of 18 percent is applicable, which pushes these figures up to roughly Rs. 10,500 and Rs. 8,966 respectively, though street prices can still vary. This is a clear base line that AMD Ryzen stretched in competition with Intel in terms of hardware diversity and effective cheapness of CPUs.
On a GAAP basis, revenue was $1.22 billion, up 19 percent year-over-year, driven by higher revenue in the Computing and Graphics segment. More specifically, AMD is targeting the gamer who is aiming for a smooth 1080p gaming experience.
Chip stocks have been a volatile bunch for years, and a recent spike for many semiconductor companies could turn around yet again this earnings season as investors see that the expected gains could take awhile.
The Ryzen 3 range consists of just two microprocessors, the Ryzen 3 1200 and the Ryzen 3 1300X. The top tier Threadripper CPU has 16-cores, 32-threads, clocked at 3.4GHZ, while Threadripper 1920X has 12-cores, 23-threads, clocked at 3.5GHZ.
The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 are available to buy from today, with the 1300X priced at $129 (about £100, AU$160), and the 1200 costing $109 (about £80, AU$140).
Once I go through a little un-packaging, checking for any possible bent CPU pins and mounting the CPU with the included fan, we can get to testing. That's not necessarily a bad thing, because Threadripper is clearly going after the 'bigger is better' market, including professional workstations.
The direct competitors for the Ryzen 3 series would be the Intel i3 series of CPUs. The 24% QoQ revenue growth also outperformed the management's guidance of 17% (+/- 3%) QoQ growth in revenue.
We have been very targeted in what we have spent money on.
In addition, Intel's core PC business is seen as stagnant, with its most recent forecast predicting mid to single digit declines in the PC industry for the year. Internally, we see that Intel has gone from a traditional ring bus layout to connect the physical cores and cache to Intel's 2D mesh architecture that improves inter-core performance.