AMD HAS unexpectedly released details of its first three Ryzen microprocessors which, it claims, will offer better performance at half the price or more of rival Intel products and will be available to order next Thursday.
The company will mimic Intel's chip families, with the AMD Ryzen 7 line competing with the Intel Core i7, the Ryzen 5 with the Intel Core i5 and the budget-priced Ryzen 3 with Intel's Core i3.
But the company is launching its best microprocessors first, with a trio of eight core, 16-thread Ryzen 7-series devices.
The top-of-the-range Ryzen 7 1800X will cost less than half of the overclockable, £999.99 Core i7-6900K and, according to AMD, will comfortably outperform it as well.
Offering a base clock speed of 3.6GHZ and a boost clock speed of 4GHz, the device is priced at $499 in the US, and will probably weigh-in at around £450-£480 in the UK. Alongside the Ryzen 7 1800X, AMD has also launched today the Ryzen 7 1700X and the Ryzen 7 1700.
|Product||Model||Base clock (GHz)||Boost clock (GHz)||TDP (watts)||Cooler||Price (USD)|
|Ryzen 7||1700||3.0||3.7||65||Wraith Spire||$329|
Retailers will start taking pre-orders on Wednesday, with AMD Ryzen 7 devices to be formally unveiled on Thursday next week - it's unclear whether they will be available from then, however.
"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," said Dr Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD.
She added: "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."
AMD claims that the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X is the world's best-performing eight-core desktop microprocessor, while the Ryzen 7 1700 is the world's lowest-power eight-core desktop processor.
The devices launched today are intended for PC gamers, creators and animators, and enthusiasts who want to buy or build the most powerful systems that they can, claimed the company. µ
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