At a time when GPUs are expensive and in short supply, at a time when Intel is coping with a PR disaster - a new chip that combines Ryzen technology with Vega graphics at a reasonable price should be a real winner. However, it looks as if AMD has shot itself in the head once again.
- Many of the AM4 socketed motherboards that would normally support the new chip require a firmware upgrade to even boot. You may need a Ryzen CPU and a GPU to boot and update the UEFI. Or AMD can loan you an older Bristol Ridge APU to get going.
- You have to be careful to choose the right DDR4 RAM or you will be in trouble. The right RAM is pretty expensive too.
- Once started in Windows, you often get crashes that are not fully understood. Some reviewers went down during benchmarking.
- In Linux even with the latest kernel and bleeding edge graphics stack, the performance is buggy and unstable.
Did I mention it's tough to be an AMD fanboi?