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QOTW: Which AMD Ryzen CPU has caught your eye?

by David Ross on 17 February 2017, 16:31

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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We say it quite often, but this time we really do mean it - this is an interesting time to be a PC enthusiast. According to the rumour mill, AMD will unleash its next-generation Ryzen CPUs in just a couple of weeks' time. And if you've been following the hype that's slowly but surely building, you may be inclined to believe that the new range will pose a genuine challenge to Intel's dominant Core processor.

There's a battle waiting to be fought, but before we see the reviews and the various benchmarks, let's turn our attention to Ryzen buying decisions with a bit of good ol' conjecture. Given the myriad of leaks that have occurred in recent months, and going by the rather large assumption that they've all been completely accurate, we can start to visualise how the Ryzen product range will take shape. Here it is in table form:

AMD Ryzen CPU Range*

Model
Cores / Threads
L3 Cache
TDP
Base Clock
Turbo Clock
XFR
Price
Ryzen 7 1800X
8 / 16
16MB
95W
3.6GHz
4.0GHz
Yes
$499
Ryzen 7 1700X
8 / 16
16MB
95W
3.4GHz
3.8GHz
Yes
$389
Ryzen 7 1700
8 / 16
16MB
65W
3.0GHz
3.7GHz
No
$319
Ryzen 5 1600X
6 / 12
16MB
95W
3.3GHz
3.7GHz
Yes
$259
Ryzen 5 1500
6 / 12
16MB
65W
3.2GHz
3.5GHz
No
$229
Ryzen 5 1400X
4 / 8
8MB
65W
3.5GHz
3.9GHz
Yes
$199
Ryzen 5 1300
4 / 8
8MB
65W
3.2GHz
3.5GHz
No
$175
Ryzen 3 1200X
4 / 4
8MB
65W
3.4GHz
3.8GHz
Yes
$149
Ryzen 3 1100
4 / 4
8MB
65W
3.2GHz
3.5GHz
No
$129
*if you believe what you hear on the grapevine

A lot to take in, but plenty of juicy details, too. What's XFR, you ask? The leaks peg it as "Extended Frequency Range," allowing the CPU to hit higher speeds with certain approved coolers. TDPs are generally in line with the Intel competition, Ryzen 3, 5 and 7 are natural alternatives to Intel's Core i3, i5 and i7, while pricing covers an entire spectrum from entry-level to high-end. Plus they're all said to be unlocked, too.

But given what you already know, which of the bunch is likely to be the stand-out choice for you? Personally, I'm thinking the Ryzen 5 1400X looks an interesting choice. Four cores, eight threads, 3.9GHz+ and a 65W TDP for under $200 - what's not to like? But we all have our preferences, so let's ask: which purported AMD Ryzen CPU, if any, has caught your eye?



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1600X - although I believe it will be a 95W $299 SKU, and what your table shows as a 1600X is in fact a 1600.
If not, then hey, $259, sweet.
Ryzen 7 1700… the 65w is my main interest, but I like to see some benchmark first.
If money was no object it would obviously be the most expensive, as it is i think the 1400X could give a good cost/performance ratio.
Ryzen 5 1400X looks nice to me.
Currently using a core i7 2600k, so it would pretty much be the same performance, which is still enough for me. And i assume i can always pick one of the top tier ones later if i should need it.
The Ryzen 5 1400X or the Ryzen 5 1600X.