AMD Ryzen Processors Officially Launching on 2nd March at 7:00 AM (PST) – Full Range of AM4 Motherboards and Unlocked CPUs For Enthusiasts and Gamers

The AMD Ryzen processors will be officially launched on 2nd March, according to a report by Sweclockers. The new family will feature a wide range of processors along with the latest AM4 platform which will be aimed at the casual, gaming and enthusiast audience.

AMD Ryzen Processors Officially Launch on 2nd March - AMD Back In The Game After 6 Years

The launch of Ryzen marks AMD's return in the enthusiast and mainstream processor market after quite some time. It has been six years since Bulldozer launched and while it had many derivatives of its own in the form of Piledriver, Steamroller and Excavator, none of them seemed to impress the consumer market. This led Intel to gain CPU market share. However, with Ryzen in the equation, AMD has a good chance to take back a good chunk of market share from Intel.

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The Ryzen processor lineup not only aims to blow away Intel in terms of performance but it also aims to be more competitive in terms of pricing. Recent leaks suggest that we can be looking at an Intel Core i7 6950X competitor from AMD under $500 US. The Intel part costs over $1500 US. This is a huge difference but we will wait for more official information to show up in the form of reviews.

As for the report published by Sweclockers, AMD is indeed launching Ryzen processors on 2nd March as we had revealed earlier this month. The processors will launch at exactly 16:00 CET (Central European Time) which is 7:00 AM PST (Pacific Standard Time). AMD will have a full range of processors available, however the first round of AM4 motherboards would only include the X370 and B350 chipset based products.

Next Generation AMD CPUs And APUs

WCCFTechAMD Summit RidgeAMD Pinnacle RidgeAMD Bristol RidgeAMD Raven RidgeAMD Gray Hawk
Family NameRyzenTBDAMD 7th Gen A-SeriesRyzenTBD
Product ArchitectureZenZen Refresh / Zen 2ExcavatorZenZen 2
Process Node14nm12nm28nm14nm14nm
CPU CoresUp to 8Up to 8Up to 4Up to 4Up to 4
GPU ArchitectureN/AN/ACaribbean IslandsVegaNavi
Memory SupportDDR4DDR4DDR4DDR4DDR4
Launch201720182016 (Mobile)
2017 (Desktop)
2017 (Mobile)
2018 (Desktop)

AMD Ryzen 7 Series CPUs – Flagship AMD 7 1800X With 8 Cores, 16 Threads, 4 GHz Boost Clocks

The AMD Ryzen 7 lineup will feature the fastest “X” variant in the lineup. This processor will be known as the AMD 7 1800X processor and will feature 8 cores and 16 threads. This model is expected to operate at base clocks of 3.6 GHz and boost clocks of 4.0 GHz. The performance of this processor should be on par with Intel’s Core i7 6900K. Other details include an L2 + L3 cache of 20 MB (4 MB + 16 MB) and a TDP of 95W. The chip will have enthusiast level pricing so expect something around $499.

The rest of the processors in the Ryzen 7 family are also 8 core and 16 threaded variants. The Ryzen 7 series has clock speeds ranging from 3.0 GHz up to 3.6 GHz. The processors include Ryzen 7 PRO 1800, Ryzen 7 1700X, Ryzen 7 1700 and Ryzen 7 PRO 1700. Benchmarks of the 1700X performing next to Intel's HEDT lineup can be seen here.

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AMD Ryzen 7 Series Processor Lineup:

AMD Ryzen CPU ModelCores/ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockL3 CacheTDPSocketPrice
Ryzen 7 1800X8/163.6 GHz4.0 GHz16 MB95W-SR3+AM4$499 US
Ryzen 7 Pro 18008/16TBDTBD16 MB95WAM4$449 US
Ryzen 7 1700X8/163.4 GHz3.8 GHz16 MB95W-SR3+AM4$399 US
Ryzen 7 17008/163.0 GHz3.7 GHz16 MB65WAM4$329 US
Ryzen 7 Pro 17008/16TBDTBD16 MB65WAM4$299 US

AMD Ryzen 5 Series CPUs – Fastest AMD Ryzen 5 1600X With 6 Cores, 12 Threads and Ryzen 5 With 4 Cores, 8 Threads

Next in the lineup is the AMD Ryzen 6 series which will be a mix of 6 core and 4 core models with SMT. The Ryzen 5 series will include the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X which is the fastest 6 core model. This model will have clocks configured at up to 3.3 GHz base and 3.7 GHz boost. The 1600X processor will feature a TDP of 95W.

Rest of the lineup includes the Ryzen 5 PRO 1600, Ryzen 5 1500, Ryzen 5 PRO 1500, Ryzen 5 1400X, Ryzen 5 PRO 1400, Ryzen 5 1300 and the Ryzen 5 PRO 1300.

The Ryzen 5 1400X will be the fastest 4 core, 8 thread chip. The clock speeds for the chip will be rated at 3.5 GHz base and 3.9 GHz boost. The Ryzen 5 1600X processor will tackle the Core i5 7600K, the Ryzen 5 PRO 1600 will tackle the Core i5 7600 (non-K) and the Ryzen 5 1500 will tackle the Core i5 7500 (non-K). The AMD Ryzen 5 1400X will compete against the Core i5 7400 (non-K) chip.

AMD Ryzen 5 Series Processor Lineup:

AMD Ryzen CPU ModelCores/ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockL3 CacheTDPPrice
Ryzen 5 1600X6/123.6 GHz4.0 GHz16 MB95W$249 US
Ryzen 5 16006/123.2 GHz3.6 GHz16 MB95W$219 US
Ryzen 5 1500X4/83.5 GHz3.7 GHz8 MB65W$189 US
Ryzen 5 14004/83.2 GHz3.4 GHz8 MB65W$169 US

AMD Ryzen 3 Series CPUs – Fastest AMD Ryzen 3 1200X With 4 Cores, 4 Threads, 3.4 GHz Base Clocks

Last in the lineup will be the Ryzen 3 series which are simple quad core models without SMT support. The Ryzen 3 series are the only models that don’t feature SMT support and will be the entry level models which will be designed to compete against the Intel Core i3 and Pentium series processors. The fastest model in the lineup will be the AMD Ryzen 3 1200X which will feature 4 cores, 4 threads and a base clock of 3.4 GHz which may boost to 3.8 GHz.

Rest of the lineup includes the AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 1200, AMD Ryzen 3 1100 and the Ryzen 3 PRO 1100. The frequencies of the Ryzen 3 series lineup will range between 3.1 GHz and 3.4 GHz (boost clocks). TDPs for these chips will be set at 65W.

AMD Ryzen 3 Series Processor Lineup:

AMD Ryzen CPU ModelCores/ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockL3 CacheTDPSocketPrice
Ryzen 3 1200X4/43.4 GHz3.8 GHz8 MB65WAM4$149 US
Ryzen 3 Pro 12004/4TBDTBD8 MB65WAM4~$139 US
Ryzen 3 11004/43.2 GHz3.5 GHz8 MB65WAM4$129 US
Ryzen 3 Pro 11004/4TBDTBD8 MB65WAM4~$119 US

New Stock Coolers For a New Generation of Processors - Will Be Available With Ryzen in Wraith, 95W and 65W Variants

The new processors will be available with a new set of stock coolers. AMD will be offering these coolers in three specific models. They include a Wraith based model which is designed to handle thermal loads over 95W so the XFR (Extended Frequency Range) feature can take full benefit of higher clock speeds. The other models include a 95W and a 65W model which are designed for the rest of the lineup.

Prices on the coolers have not been confirmed but at least two variants, the 95W and 65W, will be bundled with a range of processors. The Wraith cooler will possibly be sold separately or there will be a bundle package that comes with an "X" series processor along with the cooler itself. A recent picture uploaded by AMD's Raja Koduri shows that the new coolers could feature LED lighting which is something cool to have on stock bundled HSFs.

All Ryzen processors will be available in unlocked designs which would allow overclockers to take benefit of. The new chips already have support from all major CPU Cooler manufacturers who will be offering the required AM4 mounting kits with their coolers for support with the new socket type.

AMD X370 Platform Specs:

As for the platform itself, AM4 X370 will be top of the line. Aside from the budget friendly B350 and A320 chips, the X370 PCH will offer increased PCIe lanes and increased storage / connectivity features. AMD has planned a total of 16 new AM4 motherboards which will be available at launch through their partners. The boards are detailed in our post here.

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AMD Ryzen AM4 Motherboards & Chipsets

PCIe 3 Lanes2424TBATBA
CrossfireX/SLITri-Fire/2-Way SLITBCN/AN/A
PCIe 2 Lanes86TBATBA
USB 3.1 Gen222TBATBA
USB 3.1 Gen184TBATBA
SATA 6Gb/s86TBA8
Price Range

AMD fans and many PC gamers have waited so long for this moment when the new Ryzen processors officially launch, but with only a few weeks left, I would have to say that the wait was totally worth it. Even while there is no official information available in terms of performance, I can say that we are looking at the one of the most competitive CPU offerings by AMD in their history. We will keep providing you with the latest news on Ryzen and AM4 platform so stay tuned.

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