AMD officially reveals three Ryzen CPUs! Local pricing and specs confirmed

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After much speculation and guesswork, we can officially put down our tea leaves, sober up on a dose of reality, and get down to real numbers, pricing and specs….and pre-orders?

Wait, what?

I thought pre-order culture was fenced off by game publishers, not hardware manufacturers! Regardless, if you’re not willing to wait for reviews before buying  AMD’s officially launched Ryzen chips, the pricing is great, the specs are impressive, and the benchmarks and demos showing their comparison to Intel’s chips are cause to get the bubbly out. Pre-orders opened on the 22 February 2017, and full release is on the 2nd March 2017—with reviews hopefully dropping before release date so at least some people pre-ordering can make an informed decision. If you must pre-order, peruse the CPUs and motherboards that RebelTech have.

Besides the iffy “milking the hype” pre-order, for many enthusiasts or those looking for a change to Team Red, it seems Ryzen is offering exceptional bang for buck (and bang per core) performance compared to Intel. AMD are proudly announcing that not only are they competitive with Intel, they actually beat their 40% IPC improvement over excavator goal they set all those moons ago.

And it shows.

AMD’s pricing and specifications are more or less in line with the rumours and leaks covered in our Ryzen feature a couple of weeks ago. Right now, though, the baseline specifications, clockspeeds and core-counts are now solid fact—and backed up with some very tasty performance tests and pricing. You will notice how very wrong I was regarding Ryzen CPU pricing, and they are actually impressively competitive to their Intel equivalents. Except for motherboards, for some reason the only local boards on offer are ASUS, and their boards are priced far north of what they should be. For instance, the ASUS Crosshair VI Hero is R5300 locally and $255 in America…notice the price of the R7 1700 below and its local price.

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I’d like to know what planet ASUS are on and what the THC content is in the atmosphere there.

CPU Core/Thread L3 TDP Base Turbo XFR $ Local Pricing
Ryzen R7 1800X 8/16 16MB 95W 3.6GHz 4.00GHz 4.1GHz $499 R8,199
i7 6900K 8/16 20MB 140W 3.2GHz 3.7GHz N/A $1000 R18 280
Ryzen R7 1700X 8/16 16MB 95W 3.4GHz 3.8GHz 3.9GHz $399 R6,299
6800K 6/12 15MB 140W 3.4GHz 3.6GHz N/A $425 R7626
Ryzen R7 1700 8/16 16MB 65W 3.0GHz 3.7GHz N/A $329 R5,199
7700K 4/8 8MB 91W 4.2GHz 4.5GHz N/A $349 R5873

AMD have come out the stables exceptionally aggressively, with prices well below their immediate Intel counterparts. From top to bottom, all except the 10 core Intel flagship, AMD has an answer to every chip Intel has at the high end. Whether they were offering the same core chips at half the price of their Intel equivalent, or simply more cores at a lower price, AMD has pretty much smashed the ball into Intel’s court.

Now that’s all good and well, but having more cores means nothing from the company that brought us an “8-core” Bulldozer CPU that was outdone in single threaded performance by a dual core Intel i3 CPU in gaming. However, AMD has been more than willing to present demos and Cinebench scores showing performance that’s at best faster, and at worst, the same than Intel. This went a step further at the launch event, in which AMD had set up  multiple PCs set up with Ryzen and Intel PCs showcasing what they’ve done before, the difference being the media could actually do the demos and gaming tests themselves.

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Using graphs from PCPerformance, you can see that AMD are more than capable of keeping up with the best that Intel has to offer. The R7 1800X is half the price of the 6900K, but is 9% faster in Cinebench. The 1700X is 34% faster than the 6800K, while the 1700 in 31% faster than the 7700K. It’s all just faster, with even the R7 1700 (which is priced to trade blows with the 7700K) pushing around a 6800K, which is priced $100 more.


A LinusTechTips video showed an Intel system with a 6800K and a Ryzen 1700 playing Battlefield 1 at 4K with Titan XPs SLI—and in this instance the AMD machine was a few FPS faster. The system with the less expensive chip was faster than that system with the more expensive chip—it really comes down to that simple metric.


There we have it, something Official and fact based information about Ryzen from AMD. AMD are clearly pleased with their products, and the amount of confidence they have clearly shows in the degree of information, and the line-up, boards and system builders they have lined up to take up the Ryzen mantle.

Last Updated: February 23, 2017

Marco Bozza

I’m that guy in the family who always gets asked for tech support, and I die a little every time. I’m a Dota 2 addict in denial, geeky enough to use and mine bitcoin and a semi-retired PC Gamer who bought his first console in 2015. Click here to download more RAM.

  • Captain JJ

    My body is ready. My wallet is not.

    • Ir0nseraph

      Damn I get you guys need the best performance for all the pixels, but I am kinda happy I switched to console. that CPU ain’t cheap.
      One of my biggest problems in my PC days was the need to upgrade and not fall behind.

      • You can have the best CPU on that list, and an old GPU and you will not notice a single frame increase. I have the 7700K and have never had the CPU go over 30% load. So unless someone is either going 4K gaming or doing big ass rendering then it’s a waste having these expensive CPU’s

        • Case in point, I have an i5 2500K from 7 YEARS AGO that is still chugging along nicely with each GPU upgrade I get.

        • Lu

          Yep, Running an i7 4790. Won’t have to upgrade for ages still

      • Captain JJ

        I haven’t upgraded (except for my gpu last year) in five years now. So for me it’s been working out quite cheaply.

      • Galbedir

        It really all comes down to your GPU for gaming, I’m still running a AMD X6 3.2ghz 1100T black edition, the chips like 10 years old, yet I still get a solid 60+fps on Witcher 3 on Ultra and 50+fps on most new release games with my Rx480

  • HairyEwok

    As much as I am excited for Ryzen, the price is still too high for a pure gaming rig (These cpu’s are great for those who want to game and stream). I’m waiting on the other variant of the Ryzen range. Specifically the R5 range.

    • Fox1 – Retro

      It’s good they started aiming high as that means the low and medium chips will be made of the same steel.

  • Well cpu upgrade choice made.

    • For you it will be amazing cause you have a vive xD…..HUUUUUUUUUUUUU now I has a sad

      • Actually. The Vega launch is tonight. That one gets my Vive more revved up.

        • HairyEwok

          Huh? I think you have your dates wrong.

          • Dammit … got my lines crossed. Close enough though. Can’t wait till the 28th.

          • HairyEwok

            Keen to see what Vega can do. If were lucky, some of the youtube tech gurus will be allowed to test the cards like they were with Ryzen yesterday.

            We’ll just have to keep in mind that Nvidia are also doing a show that could show off the 1080ti or even Volta.

        • Fox1 – Retro

          You had me excited there :p

  • Skittle

    I don’t know what any of this means. I’m just going to assume the higher the number the better it is.

  • Lu

    Missed opportunity for a Bad Moon Ryzen header….

    • Well the first set of chips are called HoriZen soooo … there is a song in there somwhere. 😛

      • Lu

        Oh the pun we’ll have. Another header – HoRyzen: Zero Dawn, with AMD stickers on all the robots.

  • Magoo

    It’s not that they are cheap, it’s that Intel’s PR had blown AMD out of the market and could charge whatever they wanted to for their chips. But the stealing stops NOW.

    AMD is finally back.

  • Fox1 – Retro

    The best part of the reveal was all test beds were open to those at the launch event.

  • Fox1 – Retro

    RGB CPU cooler FTW!

  • Marek Nourse
  • Galbedir

    *Begins slow clap*

  • Deceased

    Do you guys think we should give a chance to see whether AM4+ is coming along – I know they gave us a rather suspicious “No” – but I don’t want to fork out around 15K and then have to do it again in a years time 😐

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