AMD's Ryzen 7 1800X Is Already Amazon's Best Selling CPU

This launch didn't see all the processors in the Ryzen series being unveiled and AMD is saying to have a "hard launch" on March 2 when it will be made available globally.

The new AMD Ryzen range might change that, however.

This is the lowest power 8-Core CPU in the world right now at just 65W TDP.

The company is taking pre-orders starting today, February 22, through over 185 retail partners. AMD's performance claims largely revolve around one benchmark (Cinebench R15), and it's so far saying only that you can get a "comparable" 4K gaming experience. We'll do our best! They are manufactured on a 14nm process.

The much-anticipated processor lineup by AMD comes in three new families like Intel. When matched up against Intel's i7-6900K, which is priced at $1089 as compared to 499$ price of Ryzen, 1800X performed better by 9%. The Ryzen 7 1700X has base and boost speeds of 3.4GHz and 3.8GHz respectively, while the Ryzen 7 1700 runs at 3GHz and 3.7GHz respectively. AMD will be releasing a host of new CPUs ranging from quad-core versions with four threads up to octa-core versions with 16 threads.

What, not 40% IPC? Two decades ago, a good design on a smaller node could net a healthy double-digit gain, whereas in recent years 5-10% gain has become the norm. AMD has been out of the scene for several years now as their last products didn't do well in the market.

Today AMD delivered that part and it lived up to expectations.

This is something we will need to test in due course! We were told that AMD's roadmap extends into the multi-year range, so while the focus for 2017 will be on this family of products, back at headquarters the next two generations are in various stages of development.

It looks like 2017 is going to be AMD's year. AMD is positioning Ryzen 7 1700X against two Intel cores - the Core i7-6800K (6 cores, 12 threads, 3.4GHz base, 3.6GHz Turbo) and the Core i7-6900K (8 cores, 16 threads, 3.2GHz base, 3.7GHz Turbo).

Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. released details Wednesday on its forthcoming Ryzen chip, including pricing that has the potential to set off a price war with its big rival, Intel Corp.

Mind you, some ridiculous cooling was needed in the quest to push the Ryzen 7 1800X processor up to 5.2GHz on all eight of its cores, with the voltage cranked to 1.875v, and liquid nitrogen being used to achieve a temperature of around -200 degrees Celsius. But if you've held off on Ryzen before building your next rig, well - the wait is over.