After receiving details about the specs of AMD’s upcoming Ryzen CPU, where they revealed its price, costing half of Intel’s best CPU and showing that it not only matched Intel’s top of the line 8-core processor, but beat it.

Coming out on 2nd March, AMD is now targeting content creators, gamers, workstations and those looking for high performance. By cutting the cost, AMD has not let us down by providing us with a not-so-good CPU, but rather provided us with a better deal than what we could ever get previously. AMD has increased the clocks per cycle on their previous gen CPU’s by 52%.

The retail price of the new top-of-the-line Ryzen 7 1800X will come to be $699 (US$499). It rivals the Intel i7-6900K, and beats its price which starts from $1499 (US$999). The thermal design power (TDP) of 95W also beats the i7-6900K’s 140W TDP.

Specifications of the AMD Ryzen 7 Series

Ryzen 7 1800X: $699
Speed: 3.6Ghz base speed, 4.0GHz boost speed
Cores: 8 cores, 16 threads
TDP: 95W

Ryzen 7 1700X: $569
Speed: 3.4Ghz base speed, 3.8Ghz boost speed
Cores: 8 cores, 16 threads
TDP: 65W

Ryzen 7 1700: $469
Speed: 3.0Ghz base speed, 3.7GHz boost speed
Cores: 8 cores, 16 threads
TDP: 65W

Benchmarking the Ryzen 7 CPU’s

AMD made use of the Cinebench benchmarking tool to show that the Ryzen R7 1800X with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 12GB NVIDIA TITAN X and an AMD4 based motherboard to match the i7-6900K machine with the same components except an ASUS STRIX X99 instead of an AMD4 based motherboard.

These are the results as follows:

Ryzen R7 1800X
– 1601 (Cinebench R15 nT)
– 162 (Cinebench R15 1T)

Intel i7-6900K
– 1474 (Cinebench R15 nT)
– 162 (Cinebench R15 1T)

AMD vs. Intel

AMD did a live demo where they showcased the 1800X against an i7-6900K in a single player mission of Battlefiend 1 and a tutorial of Sniper Elite 4 on their RX480s in Crossfire.

The AMD Ryzen 1800X machine was around 10 frames ahead of the Intel machine. AMD successfully accomplished their goal to show that their top-of-the-line CPU was able to deliver 4K gaming on par or better than Intel’s 8-core CPU for half the cost.

AMD however removed one of Intel’s CPU’s from the list, the i7-6950X, the 10-core Broadwell-E behemoth as very few gamers are willing to spend $2319 or more on simply a CPU and therefore wasn’t relevant to AMD’s claim that they were making. Intel is going to start shipping their Cannon Lake 10 nanometre CPU’s towards the end of this year, making it hard to focus solely on AMD’s Ryzen 7 CPU’s. The new CPU’s have already opened for pre-orders on 22nd of February and their Ryzen liquid cooler has also already appeared online, which is cross-compatible with Intel’s Skylake CPU’s.