Intel is scrambling in what seems like a feverish emergency over AMD's new Ryzen processors, with Microcenter dropping Core CPU prices like crazy - and now, Intel is sending tech media emails saying "call us before you write" your Ryzen review. This is what happens when AMD launches their new Ryzen 7 1800X processor priced at $499, offering performance that rivals Intel's current $1000+ processor.
Charlie Demerjian, Semi Accurate founder and super-awesome comic book collector said: "Intel PR sent out a last-minute "call us before you write" email to most of the press, but not SemiAccurate, after hours last night. You could infer that they are suddenly really worried about something".
This isn't too far out of the norm for one company to email reviewers over their competitors' impending launch, but Intel seemed unstoppable... until Ryzen. Now, there are other reports that Intel will simply throw down more money than AMD can handle to fight Ryzen, and what I want to know now is - will Intel continue with its tease of AMD Radeon graphics inside of their CPUs? Now that Ryzen is a massive threat to their CPU monopoly, I think plans are going to change in a big way over the coming months.
AMD dropped its Ryzen processors onto the market a few days ago, hitting the #1 and #2 best-selling CPUs on Amazon within hours, breaking world records without breaking a sweat, and of course - hitting Intel where it hurts.
Intel has now reacted, as I thought they would - by reducing the prices of their Core range of processors across the board. Microcenter is already listing the processors with huge price reductions, with their flagship Core i7-6950X dropping by $300 ($1899 to $1599) while the Core i7-6900K drops by $200 from $1199 to $999, the Core i7-7700K has been slashed by $80 ($379 to $299). The full price cuts:
- Intel Core i7-6950X ($1599 US) - $300 Price Cut
- Intel Core i7-6900K ($999 US) - $200 Price Cut
- Intel Core i7-6850K ($549 US) - $150 Price Cut
- Intel Core i7-6800K ($359 US) - $140 Price Cut
- Intel Core i7-5820K ($319 US) - $100 Price Cut
- Intel Core i7-7700K ($299 US) - $80 Price Cut
- Intel Core i7-6700K ($259 US) - $140 Price Cut
- Intel Core i7-4790K ($279 US) - $90 Price Cut
- Intel Core i7-7700 ($289 US) - $50 Price Cut
- Intel Core i7-6700 (259 US) - $90 Price Cut
- Intel Core i5-7600K ($199 US) - $70 Price Cut
- Intel Core i5-6600K ($179 US) - $$90 Price Cut
- Intel Core i5-4690K ($189 US) - $70 Price Cut
- Intel Core i5-7500 ($189 US) - $30 Price Cut
- Intel Core i5-6500 ($179 US) - $50 Price Cut
- Intel Core i5-4590 ($159 US) - $60 Price Cut
- Intel Core i3-7350K ($159 US) - $20 Price Cut
- Intel Core i3-7100 ($114 US) - $15 Price Cut
- Intel Core i3-6100 ($109 US) - $20 Price Cut
- Intel G4400 ($49.99 US) - $20 Price Cut
- Intel G3258 ($49.99 US) - $27 Price Cut
Now the question remains: how long until other retailers begin dropping the prices of their Intel CPUs - and will they get cheaper? Intel must be feeling the threat of Ryzen quicker than anticipated, for the company to be reacting this quickly - it only means great things for not just AMD, but the world.
Consumers are going to win from this fight, as Intel can only react with price drops after a decade of CPU monopoly. AMD have been down and out for a while, but they're rising once again.
AMD has launched its Ryzen CPU family to some huge fanfare, with the Ryzen 7 1800X and Ryzen 7 1700X becoming the #1 and #2 best-selling CPUs on Amazon within hours - and now, some retailers are already selling out of their first batches of pre-orders.
Right now, the Ryzen 7 1800X is unavailale on Amazon - with no ETA on new stock, with Newegg saying the Ryzen 7 1800X is out of stock. The Ryzen 7 1700X and 1700 processors are in stock for now, but I'm sure they're going to sell quickly - especially with news that the $329 processor can overclock to 4GHz+ and beat the Ryzen 7 1800X.
NCIX has the Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X, and 1700 all available for pre-order (in both the US and Canada), while Memory Express has all 3 processors (for the Canadian market only). Fry's says that all of their Ryzen CPUs are now out of stock, so if you're in the market for a new Ryzen PC - you might want to pull the trigger, now.
AMD launched their higher-end/enthusiast Ryzen 7 range in the last 36 hours, with the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X - but it's the mainstream and mid-range CPUs that will be shifting the ground beneath Intel's feet - with the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 range of chips.
Now we're hearing that AMD will be launching their Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 range of CPUs in Q2 2017 - which means sometime between April and June, perfect for a huge unveil during Computex in late-May, early-June. Ryzen 5 will aim at the Core i5 processors from Intel, with 6C/12T - providing more CPU threads than the higher-end Core i7-7700K and its 4C/8T.
The Ryzen 5 1600X is meant to cost $259, while the Ryzen 5 1500 will cost $229. Ryzen 3 will arrive as 4-core CPUs, and they should be CHEAP AS CHIPS, offering some great performance and more CPU threads for the CPU intensive games/applications out there.
AMD's new Ryzen 7 1700 might cost just $329, but it offers some monster performance when overclocked - especially when it hits 4GHz, where it keeps up with the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X.
OCUK member 'Gibbo' overclocked his retail Ryzen 7 1700 processor using an ASUS Crosshair VI Hero motherboard, with the Ryzen 7 1700 hitting 4.05GHz on all 8 cores. At this speed, the overclocked Ryzen 7 1700 is running at 450MHz higher than the 1800X.
Gibbo explained: "We just tested a 1700, it hit 4.0GHz stable in everything, but ONLY in the Crosshair mainboard, the lower-end boards it was hovering around 3.80GHz as the VRM's were cooking with extra voltage. It however was maxing around 4050MHz, so I'd say 1700 can do 3.9-4.1GHz, of course the 1800X will probably do 4.1-4.3 as no doubt better binned, but if your clocking the motherboard has a big impact on the overclock and so far ASUS Crosshair and Asrock Taichi seem the best two".2
Thanks to the fancy SenseMI technology inside of AMD's new Ryzen processors, they will be self-overclocking with Extended Frequency Range (XFR) tech - and the better the cooling, the higher XFR cranks the frequency.
This means it will be a good idea to buy the best cooling your case can handle, so the frequency of your new Ryzen CPU reaches as high as XFR can push it. I wasn't too surprised to see Amazon offering Ryzen 7 1800X and 1700X bundles with Corsair AIO units, more specifically Corsair's damn good Hydro Series H100i V2 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU cooler.
The bundle lets you save $33, dropping the price of the Corsair H100i from $129.99 to $96.99.
Samsung has just officially unveiled its next-gen Exynos 9 Series of processors, led by the Exynos 9 Series 8895 - Samsung's first processor to use 10nm FinFET technology.
Samsung's new Exynos 9 Series 8895 is the first processor to have a gigabit LTE modem that supports five carrier aggregation, or 5CA. This means Exynos 8895-powered smartphones will be capable of 1Gbps downlink speeds, and 150Mbps uploads.
The new Exynos 8895 has an 8-core processor at its heart, with 4K video support thanks to ARM's latest Mali-G71 GPU, and when teamed with the advanced MFC (multi-format codec) it will support video recording and playback at a huge 4K 120FPS. This is a huge deal, as it means Samsung's new Galaxy S8 might be capable of 4K 120FPS support... which would be, in the words of Ron Burgundy, that would be "kind of a big deal".
AMD is hitting a new stride, unlike anything the company has seen before. We know their history leading into last year, starting this new direction with the GPU division splitting off into Radeon Technologies Group. RTG launched the mid-range Radeon RX 400 series, led by the Radeon RX 480. It was a great hit for AMD, but the CPU side of their business wasn't doing so well - until now.
AMD launched their much anticipated - seriously, have you seen any CPU in history apart from Intel's first Core series have this much hype? - Ryzen processors with a massive thud, dropping the Ryzen 7 1800X with 8C/16T @ 4GHz for just $499. Intel would be scrambling right now with how they're going to combat this, but in the meantime AMD is enjoying the #1 and #2 best-selling CPU spots on Amazon right now.
The Ryzen 7 1800X is breaking world records on Cinebench multi-threaded benchmarks, oh and the #4 best-selling CPU on Amazon is the Ryzen 7 1700. If the winning continues at this rate, AMD will be hitting a Donald Trump level of winning - where there'll be so much winning, we'll be begging AMD to stop. That's until Vega - that is.
AMD is taking all of the headlines today, I can barely keep up - but the great news continue to flow with AMD taking the #1 best-selling CPU on Amazon within 24 hours.
The new Ryzen 7 1800X and its cheaper counterpart in the Ryzen 7 1700X are #1 and #2 respectively on the best-selling CPUs on Amazon, with #3 occupied by Intel's Core i7-7700K. The #4 CPU is AMD's new Ryzen 7 1700 which is priced spectacularly at $329, while #5 is the Core i5-7600K.
So the excitement of Ryzen continues, with 3 new Ryzen 7 processors that all rock Intel's world in a big way - and now the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X has broken the world record for Cinebench 15.
The multi-threaded run of Cinebench R15 was completed at 5.2GHz on a Ryzen 7 1800X under LN2 cooling, with a YouTuber uploading a video of the feat, but it was quickly removed. The voltage on the Ryzen 7 1800X was hitting a huge 1.875V, but all 8 cores were overclocked to 5.2GHz - all at a frosty -200C.
AMD's Ryzen 7 1800X scored 2449 Cinebench points at 5.2GHz, beating out the previous world record of 2410.