After the drab showing of Intel’s underwhelming Kaby Lake processors, PC enthusiasts have a reason to cheer because the highly anticipated new line of Ryzen processors are finally on the horizon. AMD has announced that it will launch three of its flagship Ryzen processors on March 2. The Ryzen line-up has been segregated into the high-performance Ryzen 7, the midrange Ryzen 5, and the value focused Ryzen 3. The three processors hitting the store shelves on March 2 include the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X priced at Rs 37,999 (and $499 in the US). The next in line Ryzen 7 1700X will retail for Rs 29,499 ($399). The Ryzen 7 1700 will cost Rs 24,499 ($319). The Ryzen 5 and 3 series of processors are expected to ship later this year, but AMD is tight-lipped about the release date and pricing.
The USP of the Ryzen line-up is the promise (corroborated by AMDs own benchmarks) to outperform their Intel counterparts by a fair margin, while undercutting the pricing by as much as 54 percent. The key goal of AMD with the Ryzen is to offer more for less while toppling Intel in the performance stakes. Early benchmarks have already revealed how the Ryzen 7 1800X outperforms the Intel Core i7-6900K at less than half the price. The processor is already breaking world records on the Cinebench multi-threaded benchmarks. The per-core performance has also been strong, with some professional overclockers managing to push it beyond 5.2GHz. The cheapest of the three, Ryzen 7 1700 is already the #4 bestselling processor on Amazon.com based on just the pre-orders.
Specs wise, the Ryzen 7 1800X has a TDP of 95 watt and boasts of 8 cores and 16 threads. The base clock is 3.6GHz, with a boost of 4GHz. The single core performance is on par with the $1000 Core i7-6900K, but it outperforms the Intel processor by a margin of 9 percent with all eight cores fired. The Ryzen 7 1700X has a similar TDP of 95 watt and an identical core and thread count as well. The base and boost clock, however, are lower at 3.4 and 3.8GHz. Incredible, the $399 processor is 4 percent faster than the Core i7-6900K. The Ryzen 7 1700 has a reduced TDP of 65 watts and is clocked at 3GHz, which can be boosted to 3.7GHz. The core/thread count is the same at 8 cores delivering 16 threads. AMD released scores peg it a colossal 46 percent faster than the slightly ($20) more expensive $339 Core i7 7700K.