Why I Use a Ryzen CPU

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Almost any modern CPU would be sufficient to meet my needs, so why use such a powerful CPU? I’ll explain…


When AMD announced the Ryzen series of CPUs last year, for the first time in a long time, I was excited about getting a new computer. I had sold of my high-performance Intel system several months before and committed myself to the idea of buying one of these if they lived up to the hype. When they released, they offered almost every feature I would want in a relatively affordable price; almost half of Intel’s similarly capable processors.

Power Useage

The Ryzen 1700, and the newer 2700 both are 65-Watt CPUs. The simplest way to understand that rating is that the CPU rated to spend that much electricity or generate that much heat when it’s busy. Compared to the Intel contemporary, the i7-7700k, this processor could do about 50% more work in heavily threaded loads and use comparable. That’s pretty amazing. The advantage of the i7 was that it had an integrated GPU (graphics processing unit) and somewhat higher frame rates in gaming situations.

With such low power usage or heat generation, it killed my need for more capable cooling than the included heat sink. That meant I could save the $30-50 I would have spent to cool the CPU. The included cooler has been quiet and more than sufficient through the wide variety of ambient temperatures in Northeast Ohio.

Video Editing Performance and Streaming

I mentioned already that the capacity of this CPU to do work impressed me. That really shines when you can use all of the cores. Many video editors can take advantage of all of that CPU power. In Davinci Resolve, I can render 1080p video faster than real time. When I used to edit on an i3-6100 CPU (I recommend i3’s as a cheap and good solution), rendering would take much longer. I estimate render times could have been even four times longer than on the Ryzen 7 1700. Now, being cheap, I didn’t mind that if it meant I could save more money. However, I decided to splurge anyway.

For live streaming gaming video, such as on Twitch.tv or YouTube, this CPU is a monster. OBS (free) streaming software allowed me to take advantage of the immense CPU power to stream while playing and hardly take notice of any performance issues. This CPU is a solid choice for content creators.

Competition

AMD has been desperate for a competitive showing against Intel. Many PC users have been desperate for it too; even if they didn’t know it. With only one real high performance competitor for the last few years, we consumers didn’t have many choices. Along with low choices means low downward pressure on prices. I partly bought this CPU because I wanted to be part of a moment to prevent a monopoly. I’m glad I did.

Conclusion

If you’re out there looking for a reasonably priced solution for content creation, AMD’s 8-core CPUs do a fine job. The reason I’m bringing up a year-old CPU right as the updated versions are being released is that the time is right to receive huge discounts. At the time of this posting, AMD is offering a $30 rebate on this CPU, making the price $249.99 + tax – $30. For me, that’s only $240. If you’re lucky, you might find it even cheaper.  You can also get the current version, the Ryzen 7 2700, but that will run you $299.99 + tax and without a rebate.