Ryzen is here. AMD said Wednesday that it plans a “hard launch” of its first three Ryzen processors on March 2.
Back in December, AMD announced its plans to launch new desktop processors under the Ryzen brand, that will compete with Intel’s Core brand of processors. The processors will be branded under the Ryzen 3, 5 and 7 brand names, likely to indicate their competition with the Core i3, i5 and i7 series respectively.
The Ryzen 7 series processors will be the first to be available from March 2nd onwards, while the other two series will be launched later this year. Ryzen 7 1800X ($499), Ryzen 7 1700X ($399) and Ryzen 7 1700 ($329) are the three CPUs that will be sold worldwide. Even at $499, the AMD offering is less than half of Intel’s Core i7-6900K processor, which is said to offer similar performance.
While there are no real-life benchmarks available yet, AMD fans or those looking to build a high-end PC on the cheap can consider the Ryzen 7, which will be supported by numerous motherboard manufacturers from the very beginning. Pre-orders for the CPUs begin today at 1 PM EST.