AMD has been having a really good year so far with multiple launches happening one after the other. And today AMD announced another lineup to its enterprise CPU portfolio as the Ryzen Pro CPUs. These are based on the same Zen microarchitecture that AMD’s new Ryzen desktop processors and EPYC enterprise processors are based on. In comparison to the consumer-focused AMD Ryzen CPUs, the AMD Ryzen Pro CPUs are more compute-oriented. As with the consumer processors, even the Ryzen Pro CPUs will have multiple tiers in the form of Ryzen 7 Pro, Ryzen 5 Pro and Ryzen 3 Pro CPUs. Even the model numbers appear eerily similar to their Ryzen consumer processors. Ryzen Pro will be followed by Ryzen Pro Mobile for laptops and thin form factor machines. Ryzen Pro CPUs will be available in the second half of 2017 with more information set to be available on 29th August 2017 and Ryzen Pro Mobile will be available in the first half of 2018.
Ryzen PRO CPU lineup
You’ll get what we mean by eerily similar by looking at the Ryzen Pro lineup.
|CPU||Model Number||Cores||Threads||Threads Boost Clock (GHz)||Base Clock (GHz)||TDP (Watts)|
|Ryzen 7 PRO||1700X||8||16||3.4||3.8||95|
|Ryzen 7 PRO||1700||8||16||3.0||3.7||65|
|Ryzen 5 PRO||1600||6||12||3.2||3.6||65|
|Ryzen 5 PRO||1500||4||8||3.5||3.7||65|
|Ryzen 3 PRO||1300||4||4||3.5||3.7||65|
|Ryzen 3 PRO||1200||4||4||3.1||3.4||65|
Who is AMD Ryzen Pro made for?
Ryzen Pro is targeting the enterprise desktop segment which is completely dominated by Intel. Intel has vPRO/AMT based processors which allow for higher security and manageability. These are factors required by corporates to ensure adherence to industry security standards. With this in mind, the AMD Ryzen Pro CPUs include support for Windows 10 Enterprise Security, built in AES 123-bit encryption and support for fTPM (firmware Trust Platform Module) / TPM 2.0. AMD has had AMD PRO A-Series APUs which were produced specifically for this exact segment but we’ve hardly seen devices based on these processors in India.
AMD Ryzen vs AMD Ryzen Pro
So what separates the AMD Ryzen desktop consumer CPUs from the AMD Ryzen Pro enterprise CPUs? AMD mentions two key differences. The first being the hardware based security features which are built into the CPU that’s turned on. These CPUs are also designed for greater stability and longevity. We honestly don’t see why ‘stability’ and ‘longevity’ should be a focus just for the enterprise segment. The second aspect is the synergy between enterprise software solutions and AMD hardware which is necessary for a work environment. AMD works with partners to make a number of feature solutions available on these processors to achieve this.
AMD Ryzen Pro performance
According to AMD, the Ryzen 7 Pro 1700 when compared to the Intel Core i7 7700 is the better performer. Given the fact that the core/thread count is twice as that of the Intel CPUs, this claim should hold true. However, we’d like to see how AMD’s single-threaded performance compares against the relevant Intel CPU since the desktop Ryzen didn’t exactly scale well in that department.
The slide comparing the Ryzen 5 Pro 1600 against the Intel Core i5 7500 appears to have a clear lead in all departments.
And lastly, here’s the slide comparing the AMD Ryzen 3 Pro 1300 against the Intel Core i3 7100 showing a lead in every benchmark except Bapco Sysmark 2014 which is Intel optimised according to an FTC disclaimer.
Ryzen Pro CPUs launch and price
According to AMD, the Ryzen Pro desktop processors will be out in the second half of 2017 and Ryzen Pro Mobile CPUs will be coming in later during the first half of 2018. More information about these processors such as pricing will be unveiled on the 29th of August 2017.