AMD was hoping its Ryzen architecture would return the company to prominence in the enthusiast market and give power users something other than Intel brand chips to consider. The former remains to be seen, but the latter is already taking place. Following AMD's Ryzen Tech Day event yesterday in which the Sunnyvale chip designer announced pre-order availability of its top three Ryzen processors, consumers wasted no time making all three SKUs best sellers on Amazon.
Amazon's list of best selling CPUs is now headlined by AMD'z Ryzen 7 1700X. The retail boxed processor is available to pre-order for $399 and will be released on March 2, a week from today. That is when the embargo will lift so that websites can share benchmark details and in-depth evaluations of Ryzen. While many DIY system builders will wait for the performance numbers before plotting out an upgrade path, there are many others who have been consumed by the pre-release hype.
There is a bit of moving and shaking going on among the best selling processors on Amazon, with Ryzen taking three of the top four spots. Intel's Core i7-7700K sits in second place, followed by AMD's Ryzen 7 1800X ($499) and Ryzen 7 1700 ($329) with a Wraith Spire LED cooler in third and fourth place, respectively. The Ryzen 7 1700 is the only Ryzen processor available to pre-order that comes with a CPU cooler bundled.
Here is a look at the official specs for all three:
- AMD Ryzen 7 1800X: 8 cores, 16 threads, 4MB/16MB L2/L3 cache, 3.6GHz to 4GHz, XFR support, 95W TDP
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700X: 8 cores, 16 threads, 4MB/16MB L2/L3 cache, 3,4GHz to 3.8GHz, XFR support, 95W TDP
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700: 8 cores, 16 threads, 4MB/16MB L2/L3 cache, 3GHz to 3.7GHz, XFR support, 65W TDP
AMD also claims that its Ryzen 7 1800X is the new 8-core desktop processor performance champ at half the price compared to Intel's Core i7-6900K ($1,050). That claim is based on an internal benchmark run in Cinebench R15, with the Ryzen 7 1800X scoring 1,601 and the Core i7-6900K trailing behind with a score of 1,474.
It remains to be seen if Ryzen can consistently outpace Intel in a range of workloads while also undercutting the competition on price. If it can, the future looks bright for AMD.
For those of you who want to join the pre-order posse, here are some links to order Ryzen CPUs, along with a few motherboard options: