AMD’s Ryzen processors are aimed at gamers and PC enthusiasts who want a high-performance CPU. Ryzen processors are available for desktop PCs, and will soon be in laptops and servers. For desktop PCs, the more affordable Ryzen 3 range is coming and a super-high-end 16-core monster dubbed Threadripper is coming this summer. 

The flagship eight-core Ryzen 7 1800X costs only £499 ($499) – half the price of Intel’s eight-core i7-6900K. However, it’s the mid-range chips which are likely to be the big sellers, and the Ryzen 5 1600X is almost twice as fast as the Intel Core i5-7600K in the multithreaded Cinebench R15 test. 

It’s obvious how the naming scheme is designed to help buyers: Ryzen 7 = Intel Core i7, and Ryzen 5 = Intel Core i5. Ryzen 3 coming in a couple of months and it’s possible that Ryzen 9 will launch this summer too.

Ryzen 9 specifications

What is Threadripper?

At AMD’s Financial Analyst Day on 16 May, Jim Anderson teased a few details of a new CPU range which would target ultra-premium desktop systems in an ‘all-new HEDT platform’. (That’s High-End DeskTop for the uninitiated.)

Nothing apart from the core and thread counts were disclosed, but it means that the AMD vs Intel battle is really hotting up. Details have only just leaked of a potential Core i9 range of CPUs coming soon from Intel, but they top out with a 12-core chip with 24 threads, if you believe the rumours.

But there are leaks on AMD’s boat too: WCCFTech has detailed the entire Ryzen 9 lineup, which you can see below. They have the same 44 PCIe lanes as the rumoured Core i9 chips. Whether these are correct or not, the announcement from AMD means they will have the most cores and threads of any consumer desktop processor ever.

Product Line Model Cores / Threads Base Clock (GHz) Boost Clock (GHz) TDP (Watts) PCIe lanes
Price
Ryzen 9 1998X 16 / 32 3.5 3.9 155 44 TBC
Ryzen 9 1998 16 / 32 3.2 3.6 155 44 TBC
Ryzen 9 1977X 14 / 28 3.5 4.0 155 44 TBC
Ryzen 9 1977 14 / 28 3.2 3.7 140W 44 TBC
Ryzen 9 1976X 14 / 28 3.6 4.1 140W 44 TBC
Ryzen 9 1956X 12 / 24 3.2 3.8 125W 44 TBC
Ryzen 9 1956 12 / 24 3.0 3.7 125W 44 TBC
Ryzen 9 1955X 10 / 20 3.6 4.0 125W 44 TBC
Ryzen 9 1955 10 / 20 3.1 3.7 125W 44 TBC

The new range is said to be much larger than the current Ryzen 7 and 5 CPUs, and won’t work with the AM4 socket. Instead, like Skylake X in the Intel camp, it will use a new platform with a choice of X390 or X399 chipsets.

Ryzen prices and specs

Product Line Model Cores / Threads Base Clock (GHz) Boost Clock (GHz) TDP (Watts) Included Cooler Price
Ryzen 7 1800X 8 / 16 3.6 4.0 95 N/A £499 / $499
Ryzen 7 1700X 8 / 16 3.4 3.8 95 N/A £399 / $399
Ryzen 7 1700 8 / 16 3.0 3.7 65 N/A £329 / $329
Ryzen 5 1600X 6 / 12 3.6 4.0 95 N/A £249 / $249
Ryzen 5 1600 6 / 12 3.2 3.6 65 Wraith Spire £219 / $219
Ryzen 5 1500X 4 / 8 3.5 3.7 65 Wraith Spire £189 / $189
Ryzen 5 1500 4 / 8 3.2 3.4 65 Wraith Spire £169 / $169

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