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AMD Ryzen pricing: $500 for 8-core 1800X CPU, undercutting Intel by $600

Ryzen will be aggressively priced, and AMD claims it can retake the performance crown.

AMD's Ryzen high-end Summit Ridge CPUs have been priced—and it looks like Intel better batten down the hatches, or be ready to slash its prices to compete. At the top end the Ryzen 1800X will cost $500 (~£500), versus $1,100 (~£1,050) for the Intel Core i7-6900K that AMD is putatively pitching it against.

Further down the stack there's the Ryzen 1700X for $400, which AMD is comparing against the $450 Core i7-6800K, and the $330 Ryzen 1700 versus the $350 Core i7-7700K. UK pricing is unconfirmed on the Ryzen parts, but you should probably brace yourself for £500/£450/£330.

Notably, all of the Ryzen parts feature 8 cores and 16 threads (8c16t), which can only currently be matched by the Haswell-E i7-5960X (~$1,100), Broadwell-E i7-6900K (~$1,100), and a number of even more expensive Xeon chips. The 6800K has 6 cores and 12 threads, while the 7700K is your standard 4c/8t desktop chip.

Today AMD also locked down the speeds and feeds for the Ryzen 7 chips. The 1800X has a base clock of 3.6GHz, boosting to 4GHz; the 1700X is 3.4GHz and 3.8GHz, and the 1700 is 3.0GHz and 3.7GHz respectively. The top two parts have a TDP of 95W and won't be bundled with a cooler; the lower-end part clocks in at 65W and will come with a bundled "Wraith Spire" cooler.

At Ryzen's first preview in December 2016 AMD touted that the top-end 1800X chip could out-perform Intel's i7-6900K by about 10 percent in multithreaded workloads. AMD also asserted that the Ryzen chip had a TDP of just 90W, versus 140W for Intel. Obviously, if those claims bear out, then $500 will buy you one hell of a chip.

For most of us, though, the more interesting battle will be at the lower end. Will the Ryzen 1700 out-perform the Kaby Lake i7-7700K? Presumably the Ryzen's 8c/16t setup will thrash the Intel chip in heavily multithreaded workloads. But what about games and productivity? AMD said in August last year that it was targeting a 40 percent IPC uplift over Excavator for Ryzen, which would just about place it within the Intel Core ballpark.

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Looks like I picked a bad time to buy a 7700k...