AMD Says Ryzen Will Be 10 Percent Smaller Than Comparable Intel Kaby Lake Processors
Both Ryzen and Kaby Lake are manufactured on a 14nm node process, but the die area for Ryzen is 44mm, compared to 49mm for Kaby Lake. No big deal, right? Perhaps not, though the theoretical advantage of having a smaller die size is being able to carve out more processors from a single wafer. That means a lower cost on the manufacturing side, which could be passed on to consumers.
Whether it actually plays out that way remains to be seen, though one thing is for sure, AMD is gunning for Intel in a big way. AMD views Ryzen as its path back to the enthusiast market. The hype surrounding Ryzen is high and it has certainly drawn the attention of Intel—rumor has it the Santa Clara chipmaker is
Getting back to the technical details, here are some other stats AMD revealed about Ryzen, along with how they stack up against Intel's Kaby Lake family:
| Ryzen|| Kaby Lake |
|Tech ||14nm|| 14nm |
|Cores|| 4 Cores, 8 Threads|| 4 Cores, 8 Threads |
|Area||44mm|| 49mm |
|L2|| 512KB, 1.5mm/core|| 256KB, 0.9mm/core |
|L3|| 8MB, 16mm|| 8MB, 19.1mm|
|Fin Pitch (nm)||48|| 42 |
|1x Metal Pitch (nm)|| 64||52|
|Standard 6t SRAM (mm)|| 0.0806|| 0.0588|
|Metal Layers|| 12 2/ MiM|| 13 2/ MiM|
More details may slip out between now and when Ryzen launches to retail early next month, though it all boils down to real-world performance and price.