AMD slashes the MSRP of its Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs

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AMD did say these new chips will feature higher clock speeds and new boost technologies; both Precision Boost 2 and XFR 2.

Meanwhile, AMD is set to release its next line of Ryzen generation of processors called Ryzen 2 during the first quarter of this year. Fully titled the "AMD Ryzen Desktop Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics", this new processor will utilize the same AM4 socket and motherboards that have been shipping since March of 2017. All the key features of 2nd-gen Ryzen will be supported on both platforms, though the 400-series chipset will supposedly allow greater performance, lower power and some new feature additions.

You'll probably want to hear about 2nd-generation Ryzen desktop CPUs first, which AMD briefly mentioned during their event.

AMD slashes the MSRP of its Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs
AMD slashes the MSRP of its Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs

What do you make of AMD's plans for 2018? Salty, ultra-vague, rumours floating around pre-CES AMD Tech Day, however, are suggesting that maybe the 7nm Vega wouldn't be produced by them, with Samsung another potential manufacturing partner. It seems that the recent security leak discovered by Google only primarily affected Intel CPUs, while AMD has repeatedly claimed that the impact to their processors was not as dire as Intel's.

When Ryzen launched previous year AMD priced its new core very aggressively. Now, AMD is cutting Ryzen prices to match Intel's latest SKUs, though it'll still be making far more money than it was in the bad old days of Piledriver and Carrizo. At $169, the Ryzen 5 1400 offers a 4C/8T configuration with a 3.2GHz base clock, 3.4GHz boost clock, and no integrated GPU. It sounds pretty odd that both these APUs are cheaper than existing Ryzen CPUs while offering more performance, but that's the situation.

The Ryzen 5 2400G is a four-core, eight-thread APU with a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost clock of 3.9GHz; the Ryzen 3 2200G starts at 3.5GHz and boosts up to 3.7GHz, and has four cores and four threads. None of the other chips drops quite as much; the Ryzen 7 1700X, moving from $399 to $309, comes close, but overall, expect to see reductions mostly in the $30 range.

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The first notebooks with Ryzen 5 CPUs that we have reviewed left a very positive impression (Acer Swift 3, HP Envy X360).

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The biggest takeaway we had, which remains speculation until proven otherwise, is that AMD's not planning on releasing its next-generation Navi GPU architecture this year, and we can be reasonably certain of this due to a lack of announcements. But don't get too excited just yet because it's going to be a Radeon Instinct card for machine learning and not for any gaming wizardry.

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