AMD Ryzen – Almost around the corner and official pricing revealed.

AMD Ryzen die shot xray

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a preview of the new AMD platform with an estimate of the prices the CPU would cost. Yesterday i received an email of a webshop that already takes pre-orders of the AMD Ryzen 7 series and the compatible motherboards.

More and more benchmarks are being published and the positive numbers that AMD showed us are true or even better than they told / leaked to us.

Pricing at week 8 2017 in the Netherlands

AMD CPU Pricing  (Shop 1 / Shop 2) incl. VAT Comparable Intel CPU Price at Shop 1 incl. VAT
Ryzen 7 1800X € 589 / € 559 Core i7 6900K € 1.149
Ryzen 7 1700X € 459 / € 439 Core i7 6800K € 499
Ryzen 7 1700 € 379 / € 359 Core i7 7700K € 379

The new AMD processors are even a bit cheaper than we expected. Unless AMD has some major setback you could say that the high-end LGA2011-3 platform from Intel wont be a strong seller anymore with double the price then what the Green guys are asking for.

  • Note, the Ryzen 7 1700X and 1800X are shipped as a boxed unit without a cooler

AM4 Motherboards

The new Ryzen CPU need to be fitted om AM4 motherboards with a new chipset. At the moment these motherboards can be ordered:

Model Chipset SLI Audio LAN Price (Webshop 1) Price (Webshop 2)
ASUS Crosshair VI Hero X370 Realtek ALC1220 Intel I211-AT € 299 € 269
ASUS Prime X370-Pro X370 Realtek ALC1220 Intel I211-AT € 169
ASUS Prime B350-Plus B350   Realtek ALC887 Realtek 8111H € 115 € 105
ASUS Prime B350M-A B350  Realtek ALC887 Realtek 8111H € 100 € 95
Gigabyte Aorus X370-Gaming 5 X370 Realtek ALC1220 Intel I211-AT + Killer E2500 € 229
Gigabyte B350-Gaming 3 B350 Realtek ALC887 Realtek 8111G € 129
MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium X370 Realtek ALC1220 Intel I211-AT € 349 € 315
MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon X370 Realtek ALC1220 Intel I211-AT € 195
MSI B350 Tomahawk B350 Realtek ALC892 Realtek 8111H € 135
MSI B350M Mortar B350 Realtek ALC892 Realtek 8111H € 115
MSI B350M Gaming Pro B350 Realtek ALC887 Realtek 8111H € 105

The B350 Chipset is filling the gap for cheap motherboards while the Motherboard makers are trying to make high-end motherboards with the X370 chipset.

Backplate ASUS ROG motherboard, 14x USB and there is an internal 3.1 header.

I’m very surprised and pleased to see a Intel PHY, while the Intel I211-AT was officially launched Q4’12 it is still the latest onboard single gigabit solutions. The isn’t any major development to be seen in the 1 Gigabit market. The Realtek ALC1220 is the best onboard audio solution at the moment.

Benchmarks Cinebench

Cinebench is good CPU benchmark, you van test single core performance and it scales to… a lot of cores.

AMD CPU Score (AMD) Intel CPU Score (Intel) Difference
Ryzen 7 1800X 1601 Core i7 6900K 1552 3,2%
Ryzen 7 1700X 1537 Core i7 6800K 1142 34,59%
Ryzen 7 1700 1410 Core i7 7700K 950 48,42%


Benchmarks have shown that we finally can choose between two brand when building the core of a new computer. AMD is very competitive with their pricing and the new Ryzen truly have a 50% better IPC (instructions per cycle) then their last Bulldozer (Excavator) cores have. They are on par with Intel top processors. I am keeping my fingers crossed there won’t be any complications with the new chipset because the Intel platform has been rock solid the last years and AMD has had ups and downs in that department.


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