AMD Challenges Intel’s Core i7 with the Ryzen Launch in March

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It’s official. Ryzen has arrived. Actually, the first series of three Ryzen processors will become available in March. The objective? AMD wants to outperform Intel’s high-class parts and most importantly challenge their prices for more than 50%. How?

AMD’s first series of desktop chips will challenge Intel’s Core i7 with a simple but quite effective premise: provide better speed and performance for a much better price. Talking about the price itself, Ryzen 7 1800X is designed to cost almost a half of the Intel’s price for its crown jewel i7-6900K, which is not less than a thousand dollars, by the way.

AMD’s Ryzen new offer comes with usual “three family members:”

  1. the Ryzen 7 (premium class),
  2. the Ryzen 5 (midrange class), and
  3. the Ryzen 3 (cheap version).

The top-class Ryzen 7 chips are going to hit the market first, with the following price range:

  1. $499 for the Ryzen 7 1800X,
  2. $399 for the Ryzen 7 1700X, and
  3. $329 for the Ryzen 7 1700.

What’s happening with Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3? You can expect them later this year. However, AMD has been silent regarding the question. So when can we expect them to hit the market exactly?

Here are additional details on these three “musketeers” new Ryzen 7 series of chips:

Ryzen 7 1800X:

  • 16 threads, 95-watt part, and 16 threads;
  • Operates at 3.6GHz with the potential to boost up to 4GHz;
  • Cinebench benchmark test says that the 1800X outmatched the 8-core Intel Core i7-6900K almost by 9%, with an impressive score of 1,601;

Ryzen 7 1700X:

  • 16-thread, 95-watt, 8-core chip;
  • Operates at 3.4GHz and it can easily boost to 3.8GHz;
  • The results of the Cinebench benchmark test: the $399 worth 1700X reach the score of 1,537, which is 4% faster compared to the $1,089 worth i7 6900K.

Ryzen 7 1700:

  • Operates at 3GHz, with the boosting potential of up to 3.7GHz;
  • 16 threads and 8 cores;
  • The AMD’s test showed a result of 1,410, which is a 46% improvement compared with the $339 worth Core i7 7700K;

The Ryzen 1700 comes with a new cooler Wraith Spire that runs in the range of 32 decibels. However, when it comes to the other available Ryzen chips, they won’t include this cooler.

All three Ryzen chips are compatible with motherboards provided by Biostar, Gigabyte, ASRock, Asus, and finally the MSI—82. In addition, they will be associated with the AM4 platform, including B350 and AMD X370 chipsets.

We have every reason to believe that the AMD will make sure that the adequate quantities of Ryzen are available to meet the growing customer demand.


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