Today, after much anticipation AMD has announced that March 2nd will be the global launch date of their Ryzen 7 CPU's and that the pre-orders for the CPU's are now available.
"Four years ago we began development of our 'Zen' processor core with the goal to deliver unprecedented generational performance gains and return choice and innovation to the high-performance computing market. On March 2, enthusiasts and gamers around the world will experience 'Zen' in action, as we launch our Ryzen 7 family of processors and reinvigorate the desktop computing market." -- Dr. Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMDAMD has declared that the 1800x is the "world's highest performing 8-core processor, and [the] 1700 as the world's lowest power 8-core desktop processor." Below is a chart that outlines the basic differences between the Ryzen 7 line:
|Product Line||Model||Base Clock (GHz)||Boost Clock (GHz)||TDP (Watts)||Included Cooler||Suggested Price, SEP (USD)|
|Ryzen 7||1700||3.0||3.7||65||Wraith Spire||$329|
For those interested in pre-ordering a Ryzen 7 CPU, be sure to check out this list.
Quick TakeGiven how hard Intel has been gouging its consumers recently with the lack of perceivable upgrades and skyrocketing prices, AMD's success should be enough to force innovation in the CPU industry once more. I personally cannot wait for the new CPU's to be released, and I will be purchasing the 1800X as soon as I can find one. Hopefully, AMD will be able to do the same with their 'Vega' GPU this May, but it's too soon to tell. Nvidia is certainly another company that could do with some competition, that's for sure.
What do you think of this news? Are you interested in a Ryzen CPU? Let us know in the comments!