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AMD is back: Ryzen 7 takes the fight to Intel for a fraction of the price

After months of teasers and leaks, AMD finally unveiled the Ryzen 7 series yesterday. The desktop CPUs are built on the Zen microarchitecture, and are aimed at an enthusiast audience. The shift to a 14nm manufacturing node has allowed AMD to vastly increase the overall bandwidth and improve the number of execution cycles. The Ryzen products are also the first from the manufacturer to offer simultaneous multithreading. AMD is touting the Ryzen 7 1700 as the most affordable 8-core solution available in the market today.

According to AMD CEO Lisa Su:

Four years ago we began development of our ‘Zen’ processor core with the goal to deliver unprecedented generational performance gains and return choice and innovation to the high-performance computing market. On March 2, enthusiasts and gamers around the world will experience ‘Zen’ in action, as we launch our Ryzen 7 family of processors and reinvigorate the desktop computing market.

As part of the announcement, AMD detailed the clock speeds as well as the retail pricing of the Ryzen SKUs:

RYZEN 7 1800X 3.6 4.0 95 N/A $499
RYZEN 7 1700X 3.4 3.8 95 N/A $399
RYZEN 7 1700 3.0 3.7 65 Wraith Spire $329

After Intel effectively controlling a monopoly in this segment for so long, it’s exciting to see AMD mount a serious challenge with Ryzen. The CPUs are now available for pre-order globally, with AMD stating that over 82 motherboards from the likes of ASRock, Asus, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI will be available starting March 2.

We’ll know much more about the processors in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda is an avid reader of science-fiction novels. A long-time Arsenal fan, his other interests include gaming, basketball and making music. He also likes tinkering with hardware in his free time.

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