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AMD Ryzen: Pre-order, clockspeeds and pricing you need to know

24 February 2017

"Ryzen is more than just another processor launch", boasted Jim Anderson, senior vice president of computing and graphics at AMD, at an event last night in San Francisco.

Interestingly, these Ryzen chips are to be available for pre-order from a bunch of popular retailers starting today, though first deliveries won't take place until the hard launch on March 2, which you can also infer is the review NDA date. Where Samsung/Apple might give all the details for a product a few weeks before it's available to buy, today on February 22 marks the day where AMD is giving consumers information about Ryzen, and specifically the Ryzen 7 family of eight-core products.

The latest benchamark leaks for the upcoming CPU shows that it's slightly slowth than the Intel Core i7-6900K.

Intel Core i7-7740K, 4.3GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz, a thermal design power rating of 100W, and with 8MB of L3 cache. What's interesting is that it offers the same performance Intel's Core i7 6900 does which costs over $1000.

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AMD's Ryzen has been in the works for four years and aimed initially to hit a target of 40 percent more instructions per clock than its excavator cores. According to AMD's benchmark results, the 1800X outperforms Intel's eight-core i7-6900K by nine percent in Cinebench R15 nT and performs identically in Cinebench R15 1T.

AMD's overall win against Intel's Core i7-7700K isn't surprising, given Ryzen's additional cores. Early third-party video and gaming benchmarks suggest the 1800X should at least be in the same league. The Ryzen 7 1700X processor was priced at $399 that comes with 8 cores and 16 threads.

Cinebench may be seen as a non-representative benchmark for some but SemiAccurate is confident that Ryzen's performance will hold up across a wide range of benchmarks. Ryzen 7 1800X scores 1,601 at stock speeds, Ryzen 7 1700X manages 1,537 and Ryzen 7 1700 returns 1,410. While that seemed lofty at the time, Ryzen 7 series CPUs have actually achieved as much as 52 percent improvement per clock.

Oh, and if you're interested in overclocking, we have good news. The last chip of the lot is the Ryzen 1700 which runs on a base clock speed of 3.0 GHz and jumps up to 3.7 GHz. In AMD's product demonstration, it showed that the high-end version of the Ryzen 7 can easily support 4K gaming performance. Have you pre-ordered the new Ryzen processors? AMD reckons results are similar in the also-multi-threaded Handbrake. You can expect these to be extremely cheap and high on performance.

AMD Ryzen: Pre-order, clockspeeds and pricing you need to know