AMD Shares Fall over 6% after Ryzen 7 Gaming Performance Disappoints

AMD Ryzen refresh to be called KYZEN?

AMD has officially launched its next-gen Ryzen 7 CPUs. Reviews of these CPUs are also live now, which show an impressive multi-threaded performance per dollar value; however things are not quite the same when it comes to gaming. The so called disappointing performance of the new Ryzen line of desktop processors has AMD shares fall for a second-staright day.

Ryzen 7 lags in gaming performance: AMD shares fall

The Ryzen 7 gaming benchmarks from various sites show that AMD’s solutions are slower than their Intel counterparts in pure FPS. Apparently, Ryzen’s microcode needs to be optimized for gaming and applications.

The benchmarks also point to some underlying issues: some games perform better with AMD’s simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) disabled. This is linked to Windows power profiles which could be adversely affecting performance and may need a patch to be resolved.

AMD shares - Ryzen 7 gaming benchmarks

What so ever, AMD Ryzen doesn’t in any way supersede in pure gaming terms; Intel holds the crown – at least for now. Thanks to Ryzen 7 disappointing gaming reviews, AMD shares closed down more than 6 per cent Friday after falling 7 per cent a day before.

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John Taylor, AMD’s vice president of worldwide marketing, told CNBC:

There are a few gaming oriented sites that have expressed some disappointment over gaming performance at low resolution. This is a matter of optimization by those games on Ryzen. The CPU performance shines through strongly in every CPU test reviewers have run.

AMD has actually suggested to reviewers to run games at 1440p or higher. Although not ideal, the differences between chips seem to be minimal at higher resolutions and with all the eye candy turned up.

The company says it’s working with software developers to patch Ryzen support. Users should see gaming performance improving throughout Q1 and Q2.

Outside of gaming, AMD’s Ryzen are beast CPUs and they crush Intel’s competition when it comes to multimedia and encoding workloads. The company released its Ryzen 7 lineup Thursday, comprising of three models, the Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X and 1700, priced at US$499, US$399 and US$329, respectively.

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