Update 2: A Belgian retailer has just made the Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X, and 1700 processors available for pre-order. The ‘expected stock date’ they provide is 28th February 2017, so most countries in Europe should have access to the Ryzen on that date. However, there is no further update on releases across other regions.
Update: A reliable source (cannot be disclosed as they requested to stay anonymous) just intimated me about the release schedule for the new AMD Ryzen processors. Please take this with a grain of salt, as this information is not from an official news/press release by AMD.
- 16th February 2017 – Release of marketing materials to stores and retailers.
- 22nd February 2017 – Paper Launch
- 2nd March 2017 – Available to purchase from retailers (this will vary country to country)
More details about the AMD Ryzen emerge as potential customers and enthusiasts across the world eagerly await its release. Adding to the many purported ‘leaks’ on the internet, an AnandTech forum post provided images from another AMD information dump, which confirms recent rumors of a 17 product lineup from the company.
Although there is no official confirmation from AMD, these newer images show the Ryzen models, coupled with their TDP, thermal cooling type, and the number of cores and threads. Please keep in mind that the following information is from unconfirmed sources who claim to have received the AMD SKUs in preparation for stocking these products.
With 3 ‘Black Edition’ processors (ones that support the Extended Frequency Range technology detailed at the New Horizon event by AMD), the lineup looks solid, to say the least. Two of these three Black Editions are 8-core processors, while one is a 6-core processor.
XFR or the Extended Frequency Range feature allows the processor to exceed default turbo speeds automatically. Understandably, top-of-the-line processors with this feature come with the HS81 heatsink class. A separate kind of heatsink with the top performers indicates that AMD is bundling better coolers (like the Wraith) with them.
This indicates the possibility that those processors might function at higher clock speeds, right out of the box! Provided the cooling is adequate of course.
Moreover, the TDP Values are impressive, with AMD delivering high-performance processors at just 95W Thermal Design Power (TDP) – as promised during the launch event.
As you can see in the images above, the 95W and 65W processors clearly have a separate cooling infrastructure, confirming previous rumors that AMD will ship better coolers with the higher spectrum of the lineup.
The full specs of the processors, including base clock, cache sizes, turbo in addition to the prices were leaked a few hours ago. Here is the alleged final lineup of AMD Ryzen:
|AMD Ryzen CPU||Cores/Threads||L3||TDP||Base||Turbo||XFR||Overclocking
|AMD Ryzen 7 1800X||8/16||16MB||95W||3.6GHz||4.0GHz||4.0GHz+||Yes||$499|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700X||8/16||16MB||95W||3.4GHz||3.8GHz||3.8GHz+||Yes||$389|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700||8/16||16MB||65W||3.0GHz||3.7GHz||N/A||Yes||$319|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1600X||6/12||16MB||95W||3.3GHz||3.7GHz||3.7GHz+||Yes||$259|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1500||6/12||16MB||65W||3.2GHz||3.5GHz||N/A||Yes||$229|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1400X||4/8||8MB||65W||3.5GHz||3.9GHz||3.9GHz+||Yes||$199|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1300||4/8||8MB||65W||3.2GHz||3.5GHz||N/A||Yes||$175|
|AMD Ryzen 3 1200X||4/4||8MB||65W||3.4GHz||3.8GHz||3.8GHz+||Yes||$149|
|AMD Ryzen 3 1100||4/4||8MB||65W||3.2GHz||3.5GHz||N/A||Yes||$129|
However, as the above prices are direct conversions from SKUs listed on a Chinese e-commerce website, final prices might differ from region to region – depending on import duties, shipping costs, etc.
If these price points and base clocks are indeed true, Intel should be worried by now. Boasting low TDP values, while delivering solid performance with astoundingly lower prices, AMD Ryzen seems to be planning to rip through the Intel lineup on all fronts.