AMD logoAMD is now ready to launch of the Ryzen. AMD will have processors for worldwide distribution on March 2, 2017 and motherboards will be widely available to go with the new processors.

AMD R3 and R5 processors will be available for budget systems.


R7 1800X 8/16 16MB 95W 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz $489
R7 1700X 8/16 16MB 95W 3.4 GHz 3.8 GHz $389
R7 1700 8/16 16MB 65W 3.0 GHz 3.7 GHz $319
R5 1600X 6/12 16MB 95W 3.3 GHz 3.7 GHz $259
R5 1500 6/12 16MB 65W 3.2 GHz 3.5 GHz $229
R5 1400X 4/8 8MB 65W 3.5 GHz 3.9 GHz $199
R5 1300 4/8 8MB 65W 3.2 Ghz 3.5 GHz $175
R3 1200X 4/4 8MB 65W 3.4 Ghz 3.8 GHz $149
R3 1100 4/4 8MB 65W 3.2 GHz 3.5 GHz $129

All Ryzen processors are factory unlocked. AMD has long been popular with overclocking enthusiasts.

The Ryzen 1700, 1700X and 1800X are all all 8 core and 16 logical threads. The flagship 1800X is slightly faster than the Intel i7-6900K for half the price.

The AMD X370 chipset is the top model for enthusiasts. The X370 has more PCI Express lanes for dual video card setups etc. Lower cost PCH ships are available for lower price point systems

The X300, B350, A320 and A300 provide a full range of devices for every market segment. AMD and Intel today are very highly integrated processors.

AM4 chipsets provide dedicated PCIe lanes for USB, graphics, data and other I/O, providing a powerful, scalable and reliable computing experience and bringing the benefit of future-ready technologies.ely basic.


The mainstream motherboard vendors will all have wide ranges of boards to select from. Motherboards for every market segment from $99 and up will be widely available.

  • ASRock
  • ASUS
  • Biostar
  • Gigabyte
  • MSI


  • Dual-channel DDR4 memory
  • NVMe
  • M.2 SATA devices
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 and Gen 2
  • PCI Express 3.0 capability

AM4 chipsets provide dedicated PCIe lanes for USB, graphics, data and other I/O. The PCH takes over from the older SB950 to provide SATA etc.

Games are becoming more demanding for main memory. Windows 10 now uses more memory to improve overall performance.

Lower cost µATX motherboards may have 4 SATA ports and 2 or 4 DDR4 slots. Full ATX motherboards now tend to offer 6 or more SATA ports and have 4 DDR4 memory slots.

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