AMD has been working on its Ryzen family of desktop processors for a very long time. We’ve heard a lot of reports about this family over the past few months and the company today officially launched it. The AMD Ryzen price and release date has finally been confirmed today by the company. The hard launch of its new processors is going to take place next month. AMD Ryzen is said to perform Intel’s high-end processors while being cheaper by as much as 54 percent.

AMD says that its new family of processors provides a 52 percent increase in instructions per cycle over the previous generation and that brings it at par with the performance offered by Intel’s premium chips.

The company is going to sell multiple models in the Ryzen family but it’s going to start shipping the high-end Ryzen 7 first. This particular processor has eight cores and 16 threads with prices starting at $329.

The top end model is the 3.6 GHz Ryzen 7 1800X which can be stretched to 4.0 GHz with Turbo and costs $499. The performance is said to comparable to Intel’s Core i7-6900K which costs $1,050. AMD’s benchmarks show that its processor ties with the 6900K on singlethreaded benchmarks and even beats it on multithreaded performance.

AMD’s new processors can be pre-ordered starting today via more than 180 retailers with shipments starting March 2nd. The company hasn’t confirmed as yet when it’s going to start shipping the mid-range Ryzen 5 and entry-level Ryzen 3 series this year.

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