AMD Cuts Ryzen 7 Pricing Ahead Of Incoming Threadripper Onslaught

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The Ryzen 7 lineup has only been on the market for a few months, but AMD is already cutting prices. Given that Ryzen 7 processors already represented a compelling performance bargain when placed against comparable Intel Core processors, any further price reduction is just icing on the cake.

When the Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X and 1700 first hit the market, they were priced at $499, $399 and $329 respectively. However, price cuts are now in effect at various online retailers including Newegg, Microcenter and Amazon. Here's the current Ryzen 7 rundown with some quick links to what's becoming an even better deal in desktop processors:

If you were on the fence about picking up a new Ryzen 7 processor versus Intel’s Kaby Lake-based Core i7 family, this price cut might tip the tables even more into AMD’s favor.

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In addition to the price cuts on the Ryzen 7 processors, AMD is also announcing some attractive Ryzen 5 bundle pricing with select MSI’s Gaming Plus B350 motherboards:

The company is advertising four bundles at Amazon:

  • Ryzen 5 1600X + MSI Gaming Plus Motherboard (B350) — $348.99
  • Ryzen 5 1600 + MSI Gaming Plus Motherboard (B350) + Wraith Cooler — $319.98
  • Ryzen 5 1500X + MSI Gaming Plus Motherboard (B350) + Wraith Cooler — $288.99
  • Ryzen 5 1400 + MSI Gaming Plus Motherboard (B350) + Wraith Cooler — $268.71

All of this price jockeying comes as AMD is getting closer to unleashing its Ryzen 9 Threadripper family, which will be available with up to 16 cores. The entry-level Ryzen 9 1955 will reportedly deliver 10 cores (20 threads) with a base clock of 3.1GHz, a boost clock of 3.7GHz and will be rated at 125W.

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The flagship Ryzen 9 1998X (155W) has 16 cores (32 threads) will feature a base clock of 3.5GHz and a boost clock of 3.8GHz. Complementing these new Threadripper processors will be AMD’s X399 chipset, which supports 64 PCIe Gen 3 lanes and up to eight DIMMs (DDR4-3200).

AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper family will face some stiff competition from Intel, which just recently pulled the wraps off its Core X-Series family. The top-of-the-line Core i9-7980XE will pack in 18 cores (36 threads) and will be priced at an eye-watering $1,999.