AMD Ryzen lineup officially released with full specs and pricing
After months of speculation and leaked benchmarks, AMD has has finally officially released the specifications and pricing for their Ryzen R7 series of chips. The lineup includes the R7 1700 (at 3.0-3.7GHz), 1700X (3.4GHz-3.8GHz), and 1800X (3.6-4.0GHz)—all at 8 cores and 16 threads.
Of course, AMD has historically competed on price, and this time is no different: The R7 1700 will MSRP for US$330, the 1700X for US$400, and the 1800X for US$500. The chips are marketed to go against Intel's i7-7700K, 6800K, and 6900K respectively, but it seems that the lower end R7 1700 is the most competitive against Intel's offering. Not only does the 1700 have 8 cores and 16 threads compared to the i7-7700K's 4 cores and 8 threads, but the 1700 runs at an impressively cool 65W TDP. The 7700K, in contrast, is rated at 91W TDP.
Naturally, the Ryzen lineup is also performance-competitive over their Intel counterparts—according to AMD's benchmarks, at least. The chips will be out on March 2, and real-world benchmarks should be available by then.