AMD Ryzen Pre-Orders Are Live, Here's How To Find Your Moment Of Zen

If you are planning a new build around one of AMD's newfangled Ryzen processors and want to get a head start, you can start buying parts now. AMD's top three Ryzen processors—Ryzen 7 1800X, Ryzen 7 1700X, and Ryzen 7 1700—are all available to pre-order now and will release on March 2. A bevy of compatible AM4 platform motherboards are out in the wild, as well.

It is a bit of gamble buying into an architecture before all the performance numbers are revealed, though to AMD's credit, all of the information to this point—leaked and official—paints a positive light around Ryzen. According to AMD's own internal benchmarking, its Ryzen 7 1800X is the new desktop processor performance champ at half the price of Intel's Core i7-6900K, at least in terms of Cinebench R15. The Ryzen chip posted a score of 1,601 versus 1,474 for the Intel part.

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All three Ryzen processors that are up for pre-order are 8-core chips with 16 threads, 4MB of L2 cache, 16MB of L2 cache, and Extended Frequency Range (XFR) support, the latter of which allows the processors to ramp up past their boost frequency in certain situations. The difference between the three comes down to clockspeeds and TPD, and of course price:
  • AMD Ryzen 7 1800X: 3.6GHz to 4GHz, 95W TDP - $499
  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700X: 3.4GHz to 3.8GHz, 95W TDP - $399
  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700: 3GHz to 3.7GHz, 65W TDP - $329
The neat thing about Ryzen is that the top-end part is $499. That's not cheap, but as AMD points out, it's half the price of Intel's flagship processors. If the Cinebench R15 benchmark run is any indication of overall performance, AMD will find itself in a good spot come March 2 and beyond.

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In any event, for those of you planning a build, we did some legwork and collected a handful of links. Here they are:
More options will come available once March 2 arrives, but if you're feeling antsy, there are several decent choices available to order now.

Let us know in the comments section if you're planning a build around Ryzen and what parts you're considering.