Over the past week a lot of info on AMD Ryzen surfaced on the web. It is time for a recap, clock frequency overview and a bit of an explanation on the X models.
Ryzen will likely launch with three models. When time passes there will be three tiers with the R7, R5 and R3 denominators comparable to Core i3, i5 and i7 for the Ryzen product range. AMd will launch with three SKUs, the AMDRyzen R7 1700, AMDRyzen R7 1700X and AMDRyzen R7 1800X.
Over the weekend a new rumor was added, the X version would be referred to as XFR technology etc. Personally I doubt it, processors are processors and they have been named quite similar for years. we think the X simply is a short euphemism for Extreme, much like Intel offers Extreme versions of their processors. Extreme versions are binned, tested to be the better parts that can tweak the best. Likely that’s all there is to it.
ALL models will be unlocked, AMD made that bold claim themselves in early January. The X models thus simply are better binned ones with less restrictions on likely voltage.
AMDRyzen R7 1800X - 499 USD
AMDRyzen R7 1800X is the flagship processor and it has has 8 cores with 16 threads and is assumed to get a Boost frequency of 4.00 GHz. The boost frequencies are not confirmed, but the indications we have seen the past few weeks would state a 4.0 GHz Turbo and 3.6 GHz base clock. No further data was revealed. Now keep in mind (if the perf is close) a similar 8-core Intel CPU would cost you about 1,200 euros, the cost for the flagshipRyzen R7 1800X processor would be 599.99 euros. These are unlocked (multiplier) processors.
AMDRyzen R7 1700X - 389 USD
The next AMDRyzen in line is the R7 1700X, this one would again get 8 cores and 16 threads but this time at a Turbo frequency of 3.80 GHz, so yes this is pretty much the same processor, just with a lower base at 3.4 GHz and Turbo frequency.
AMDRyzen R7 1700 - 319 USD
Then there is the AMD R7 Ryzen 1700, this would be a top-end CPU for gamers and yes, again you'll receive an 8 core and 16 threads processor. This time at a Turbo frequency of 3.70 GHz, the most notable being that it is the only model that indicates a TDP, which is set as 65W whereas the other two would be 95 Watt parts. The base clock frequency would be 3.0 GHz.
Over the weekend there however has been a new development, some other models have been spotted. I personally do not think the processors listed below aside from the three aforementioned ones will launch anytime soon. Again the above three processors (we think) will launch first.
So later on there could be AMD Ryzen R5 1600X & 1500 – 6 Core, 12 Thread processors in the $229 To $259 price range. Then the AMD Ryzen R5 1400X & 1300 range with 4 Cores, 8 Thread CPUs at 199 To $175. And then the lowest R3 range would see be Ryzen the R3 100X & 1100, these are 4 Core, 4 Thread CPUs with prices in the $149 To $129.
I find the prices on parts that are not yet released to be highly speculative though. For the three release skus the rpices should be pretty spot on.
All these processors would fit Socket AM4 and thus you can use the same motherboard. Below a chart compiled based off the latest info which leaked through Baidu. See screenshots below as well.