Prices for AMD's Ryzen CPUs leaked
AMD’s Ryzen may just be the most anticipated PC component of the past decade. Let’s add some fuel to that fire.
Several news outlets are reporting that an online shop, www.shopblt.com, leaked three SKUs of the upcoming Ryzen CPUs. The site had prices for the Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X, and 1700 listed at $490.29, $381.72, and $316.59, respectively. UK news site Hexus.net also spotted UK pricing for the CPUs on kikatek.com, another online store. The prices seem to be in line with the U.S. pricing, so this could be the actual pricing.
Based on an earlier leak of Ryzen’s processor range, these CPUs are in the top tier for the platform. All three are 8-core, 16-thread monsters that could easily threaten Intel’s dominance in the CPU market, especially if these prices turn out to be true.
Early synthetic benchmarks of an unnamed Ryzen CPU showed some impressive numbers; the AMD chip was only beaten by the octa-core Intel Core i7-6900K. Here’s the kicker: the 6900K currently retails for over $1,000. And to make it a bit sweeter, the benchmarked AMD CPU was an engineering sample running at a capped clock speed of 3.3 GHz. The retail versions will run between 3.6 and 4.0 GHz, right in league with the 4.0 GHz boost clock of the 6900K.
Keep in mind that this is an early leak and final pricing could be very different. But if Ryzen is able to undercut Intel and sell for less than half of Big Blue’s flagships, this will be an incredible year for PC enthusiasts.
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