Today is the day that computer geeks have been waiting for. The much anticipated release of AMD’s new Ryzen processors is here, and there are three to choose from. While on paper, the numbers have rivaled and even surpassed some of Intel’s statistics. The more important aspect is that the Ryzen is half the price of some of Intel’s i7 processors. However, according to Techspot’s independent testing, gaming seems to lack with AMD’s Ryzen processors in comparison to Intel. Then again, it is half the price and still competitive, so one really should complain. The numbers will only get better with time and developers can switch focus to this architecture and AMD can release further updates to the chipsets.
Running on the Zen core microarchitecture, the Ryzen 7 has been in development for a few years. These processors can be purchased independently today, or from a wide array of pre-built systems. The Ryzen 1700 runs at 3.0 GHz, or up to 3.7 GHz, and that starts at $329. The 1700X starts at 3.4 and can hit 3.8 for $399. Lastly, the top processor, the 1800X, starts at 3.6 GHz and can hit 4.0 GHz for $499. One thing to note is the possibility of overclocking as early studies have shown very good results in doing so. The chart above also shows off the Ryzen 5 processors, which are do in Q2 2017. These will offer competition to Intel’s i5 processors and should offer even more competitive pricing. More importantly, people who have been waiting on a price drop in recent AMD technologies should start getting just that in the near future.