It’s fair to say that AMD have done a good job at shaking things up in the CPU sector with the announcement of their Ryzen range of processors that are looking to take Intel on. And while most reports out there are speculative and quite frankly, rather mixed in terms of opinions and performance results, there is a trump card that AMD have been playing for the last few years – their pricing. AMD have always managed to undercut Intel on their pricing, which is why they are still able to occupy such a substantial percentage of the market. Fortunately, there have been another round of leaks surrounding Ryzen, and more precisely, the pricing and specifications information.
The current leak has been lighting up forums with enthusiasts chomping at the bit to get their hands on chips that compare to Intel processors, but with a $100 cheaper price tag. Below are the rumoured clock speeds and price points for the upcoming Ryzen range of processors:
R7 1800X – 8 Cores / 16 Threads – Base Clock: 3.6GHz / Boost Clock: 4.0GHz – $556.00
R7 1700X – 8 Cores / 16 Threads – Base Clock: 3.4GHz / Boost Clock: 3.8GHz – $405.00
R7 1700 – 8 Cores / 16 Threads – Base Clock: 3.0GHz / Boost Clock: 3.7GHz – $329.00
R5 1600X – 6 Cores / 12 Threads – Base Clock: 3.3GHz / Boost Clock: 3.8GHz – $253.00
R5 1500 – 6 Cores / 12 Threads – Base Clock: 3.2GHz / Boost Clock: 3.4GHz – $228.00
R5 1400X – 4 Cores / 8 Threads – Base Clock: 3.5GHz / Boost Clock: 3.9GHz – $203.00
R5 1300 – 4 Cores / 8 Threads – Base Clock: 3.3GHz / Boost Clock: 3.6GHz – $177.00
R3 1200X – 4 Cores / 4 Threads – Base Clock: 3.4GHz / Boost Clock: 3.8GHz – $152.00
R3 1100 – 4 Cores / 4 Threads – Base Clock: 3.2GHz / Boost Clock: 3.5GHz – $127.00
If these prices do turn out to be correct, then Intel is going to have to launch a massive price reduction campaign to keep customers after the underwhelming release of their Kaby Lake processors which saw marginal increases in performance. AMD might have played their cards right here in terms of pricing and release date, which is when Intel is at their weakest.