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Retailers cut AMD Ryzen 7 processor pricing

by Mark Tyson on 2 June 2017, 10:06

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AMD's already attractive bang-per-buck top-of-the-range Ryzen 7 processors are getting cheaper. At Newegg, one of the biggest online retailers in the US, AMD's whole 8C/16T range has benefitted from moderate pricing cuts, improving their price to performance ratios even further. To be clear, this is a retailer-lead cut rather than new pricing by AMD.

In brief the US dollar price action is as bullet pointed below:

  • AMD Ryzen 7 1800X down from $499.99 to $459.99
  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700X down from $399.99 to $349.99
  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700 down from $329.99 to $314.99

You can see above that Newegg is delivering greater price cuts to the more expensive 1700X and 1800X processors. The 1700X gets the biggest price cut of all with a full $50 chop. However, the Ryzen 7 1700 provides plenty of 8C/16T goodness with a lower 65W TDP, and comes with AMD's Wraith Spire RGB cooler in the box. Looking at the price adjustments, I'd guess that the cheapest Ryzen 7 was already easily outselling its more expensive brethren.

The price cuts, which retailers are free to instigate without interference from AMD, provide a quick retort to Intel's recent launch of the Core-X Series processors. As a reminder, new Intel 'Extreme' processors within this kind of price range will include the 4C/8T Core i7 7740X, listed at $339, and the 6C/12T Core it-7800X, listed at $389. To purchase an Intel processor with 8C/16T you are looking at recommended pricing of $599. Of course Intel processors have their own particular strengths and at this price level the Core i7 7740X has broken several OC and benchmarking world records at Computex this week (scalping several Pi and Prime number calculation benchmarks, several 3DMark0X benchmarks, Geekbench, Cinebench and more).

The current AMD Ryzen 7 discounts on Newegg aren't highlighted as time limited or on promotion, so hopefully we will see similar level cuts at other retailers, and here across the pond.



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Making pricing room so the low end threadripper CPUs can come in ~ $499, perhaps?
scaryjim
Making pricing room so the low end threadripper CPUs can come in ~ $499, perhaps?

Wouldn't that just be something incredible, eh?
afiretruck
Wouldn't that just be something incredible, eh?

10 cores/20 threads, clock speeds comparable to a 1700 (if you believe the rumours), for $499?

Interestingly, once you balance out the extra threads with the lower clock speed, I reckon you'd end up with a chip that has lower single threaded and similar multithreaded performance to an 1800X. It'd only really be worth the money if you *needed* the extra memory channels and PCIe lanes X399 is going to offer. That or if you want to overclock, but with the TDP at 125W already, you might be better off going for the 1700….?

*shrug*

However it falls out, it looks like it's going to be good value high core counts and lots of PCIe lanes all round. Competition is good, right? ;)
afiretruck
scaryjim
Making pricing room so the low end threadripper CPUs can come in ~ $499, perhaps?

Wouldn't that just be something incredible, eh?

Well, I'm holding out on a purchase till X399 and threadripper launches, just to see what occurs. I have PCIe lane requirements (+ maybe cores+memory for PC test lab/virtuals) but… no way I'm paying what Intel are asking so it's this or Ryzen and be happy with it/throw some stuff in a second box.

$499 for a low end threadripper would be kinda special.
MercutioUK
… $499 for a low end threadripper would be kinda special.

We're debating Threadripper launch price rumours over in the Zen Chitchat thread right now: http://forums.hexus.net/cpus/371038-amd-zen-chitchat-18.html#post3816469


For those too lazy to click a link, the rumour is that the cheapest 16 core chip (3.2GHz/3.6Ghz, according to this article) will be $849….