Leaked AMD Ryzen Pricing Should Give Intel Pause About Kaby Lake Positioning
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700: $316.59
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700X: $381.72
- AMD Ryzen 7 1800X: $490.29
Each listing on ShopBLT's website contains a manufacturing part number and a UPC code. That doesn't necessarily prove anything, though it does make the price points more believable. It is also worth pointing out that the three Ryzen 7-series processors listed are consistent with a recent leak of
Let's just assume for a moment that these leaks are accurate. AMD's Ryzen 7 1800X sports 8 cores and 16 threads, the same as Intel's Core i7-6900K, which it's supposed to compete against. If so, the price advantage obviously belongs to AMD—the Ryzen 7 1800X is less than half the price of Intel's Core i7-6900K, a part that typically sells for $1,049.
Both processors have similar clockspeeds. If earlier demos of Ryzen reflect the architecture's performance across the board, then the Ryzen 7 1800X will be competitive with the Core i7-6900K, but 70 percent cheaper. With that kind of price gap, AMD wouldn't need to run the tables in benchmarks, it would just need to be within striking distance to make things interesting. After all, who wants to pay twice as much for a processor that is nominally faster?