We may still see a Ryzen 7 2800X at a later date, says AMD's Jim Anderson
The Ryzen 7 2700X is without a doubt a consumer flagship, despite the missing ‘8’ in the name. In our benchmarks, we found it beat the older Ryzen 7 1800X and traded blows with the Intel i7-8700K depending on the benchmark (Intel's 6C/12T vs. AMD's 8C/16T). This result led one of my colleagues, Sebastian Bade, to conclude “The new Ryzen CPUs have improved in both single and multithreaded performance. With its new Zen+ processors, AMD is able to close the gap to Intel’s Coffee Lake. However, there are no clear victors in this battle for processing superiority as both competitors have their distinct pros and cons.”
These results show that AMD is covering all the same price points and performance brackets in the consumer segment as Intel does. Jim Anderson’s launch presentation agrees, saying “We just felt that with those two SKUs we had it sufficiently covered where we wanted to position the product… That doesn’t preclude a 2800X someday, right, maybe. But for now we believe those two SKUs cover the space well.”
We can speculate from here; While the first thought might be towards AMD offering a 10-core/20-thread consumer CPU, this isn’t too likely since it would probably need an extensive redesign from their current 8C/16T setup. What is more likely is that their manufacturing yields are currently only good enough to reliably provide silicon that meets the 2700X’s specifications plus some overclocking room. Perhaps as yields improve they will release better-binned chips as the 2800X. Whatever the Ryzen 7 2800X is, we probably won’t see it unless Intel releases a new consumer processor.
Last weekend AMD also announced the Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE APUs, lower-TDP 'efficient' versions of the Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G.