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AMD Ryzen Processors – Specs, Price and Release Date (What We Know So Far) (Updated)

The AMD Ryzen hype train is going really fast. A couple of weeks from now and we’ll soon find out if this train will continue to speed up, smashing Intel’s current CPU lineup; or will hit a brick wall and crash. As a PC enthusiast, I hope not! By now, you probably have seen all the leaks surfacing the web. Some of the leaks were coming from various online retailers who already updated their product catalog ahead of the release date. Thus, revealing the prices and some information about the Ryzen processors. There are some benchmarks posted already, but it’s best to take these so-called benchmark results with a grain of salt at this point in time. Nevertheless, the current thing that is almost 100% sure is the list of the AMD Ryzen processors, their names or SKUs, and probably the leaked prices as well. If you’re still not updated with the latest AMD Ryzen hype, below are some information that we know so far. Again, some of these information are not confirmed specially the benchmark results.

AMD Ryzen Processors – Specifications and Prices

There are three main segment of the Ryzen lineup, the Ryzen R7 – top of the line featuring 8 cores and 16 threads, 16MB L3 cache, 65W-95W and will feature a core clock speed starting 3GHz up to 4GHz Turbo. The R7 will be competing with Intel’s high end desktop processors, like the Core i7-7700K up to i7-6900K.

The AMD Ryzen R5 is their mainstream lineup, featuring 4-6 cores and 8-12 threads, 8-16MB L3 cache and a TDP of 65W-95W. The R5 CPUs are said to run at a clock speed ranging from 3.2GHz up to 3.7GHz Turbo. Finally, AMD has the Ryzen R3, a budget friendly processor with 4 cores and 4 threads, 8MB L3 cache and 65W TDP.

All of the processors will make use of the new socket AM4 and most of the processors will come with a newly designed stock CPU cooler, most probably with RGB LED lighting. Aside from the new socket AM4, there are 4 different chipsets that will be used on the new AM4 motherboards. These are the X370 for the enthusiasts, B350 for the mainstream, A320 for the essential and X300 for the SFF options.

On top of that, all Ryzen processors are said to feature unlock multiplier, meaning they can be overclocked. But only the X370 and B350 motherboards will have overclocking features. Check out the table below for their “leaked” prices.

Ryzen CPUCores / ThreadsClock SpeedFXRL3 CacheTDPPrice
AMD R7 1800X8/163.6GHz - 4.0GHzYes16MB95W$499
AMD R7 1700X8/163.4GHz - 3.8GHzYes16MB95W$389
AMD R7 17008/163.0GHz - 3.7GHzN/A16MB65W$319
AMD R5 1600X6/123.3GHz - 3.7GHzYes16MB95W$259
AMD R5 15006/123.2GHz - 3.5GHzN/A16MB65W$229
AMD R5 1400X4/83.5GHz - 3.9GHzYes8MB65W$199
AMD R5 13004/83.2GHz - 3.5GHzN/A8MB65W$175
AMD R3 1200X4/43.4GHz - 3.8GHzYes8MB65W$149
AMD R3 11004/43.2GHz - 3.5GHzN/A8MB65W$129

Note: Actual retail price may be higher.

AMD Ryzen CPU Release Date

AMD will be having a Capsaicin Event at GDC 2017 this coming February 28, called Capsaicin & Cream. More or less, the new AMD Ryzen processors will be officially announced on the said event and the processors (together with the AM4 motherboards) will start shipping as early as first week of March. Some reports are claiming that motherboard partners, like ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte and etc, will be show casing their AM4 motherboards this coming February 24, a few days before the Capsaicin and Cream event.

Nevertheless, we hope to see some real and legit benchmarks by March 2017. In the meantime, below are some “leaked” benchmarks of the R7 1700X.

UPDATE 2/15/2017: Sweclockers has posted that the AMD Ryzen processors will be launched on March 2. Feb 28 or March 2, those dates are still very close and it’s just a couple of weeks from now.

AMD Ryzen R7 1700X Benchmarks

Note: The validity of these AMD Ryzen R7 1700X benchmarks cannot be confirmed. They may be close to reality or not. Again, take it with a grain of salt.

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