LAS VEGAS, NV — 2017 was by many measures a breakout year for AMD and some of the first news out at the beginning of 2018 is its plans to update 'suggested etailer pricing' across most of its Ryzen processor SKUs. This affects the spectrum of the Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 range of desktop processors and even a Threadripper variant. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the price drop of AMD's highest Ryzen 7 1800X, coming down from its original launch price of $499 to $349.

Also tying in with the price drops is the listing of the two Raven Ridge APUs, the Ryzen 3 2200G ($99) which features four cores of Zen and Vega 8 integrated graphics, and the Ryzen 5 2400G ($169) with four cores, eight threads, and Vega 11 integrated graphics. This translates as 512 and 702 streaming processors respectively. 

A full list of the new wave of AMD Ryzen pricing can be found in the table below.

AMD Ryzen New Pricing
Processor Cores/Threads Old SEP New SEP
Ryzen TR 1950X (TR4) 16c/32t $999 N/A
Ryzen TR 1920X (TR4) 12c/24t $799 N/A
Ryzen TR 1900X (TR4) 8c/16t $549 $449
Ryzen 7 1800X (AM4) 8c16t $499 $349
Ryzen 7 1700X (AM4) 8c/16t $399 $309
Ryzen 7 1700 (AM4) 8c/16t $329 $299
Ryzen 5 1600X (AM4) 6c/12t $249 $219
Ryzen 5 1600 (AM4) 6c/12t $219 $189
Ryzen 5 1500X (AM4) 4c/8t $189 $174
Ryzen 5 1400 (AM4) 4c/8t $169 N/A
Ryzen 5 2400G (AM4) 4c/8t N/A $169
Ryzen 3 2200G (AM4) 4c/4t N/A $99
Ryzen 3 1300X (AM4) 4c/4t $129 N/A
Ryzen 3 1200 (AM4) 4c/4t $109 N/A

The only Threadripper to see a price drop is the 1900X, from $549 to $449.  The 1700X gets a $90 drop, while the popular 1600X/1600 are reduced by $30. It is worth noting that retailer pricing for Ryzen chips has been coming down anyway since the launch, however, this is the first move from AMD to adjust the Suggested Etailer Pricing (SEP).

The clear direction of AMD's wave of cuts ties into their heavy focus on getting better multithreaded performance at every price point. With these cuts, each model dropped in price in line with the relative and similarly priced Intel options. The pick of the bunch, however, has to be the Ryzen 7 1700X ($309) which gets a massive reduction of $90 which puts it into direct competition price-wise with the Intel Core i7-7700K ($350) 4c/8t - at this price the AMD chip boasts four more cores and eight more threads. This difference in core/thread count makes this a very attractive option for not only gamers but power users looking to make the most from applications optimized for multi-threaded processes. The Ryzen 7 1700X ($309) is now only a $10 premium over the Ryzen 7 1700 ($299) 8c/16t, gives users an extra 400MHz base clock on top of the added 100MHz at its max turbo core speed.  This is however at the cost of TDP as the Ryzen 7 1700X has a TDP of 95W as opposed to 65W on the slightly cheaper Ryzen 7 1700.

Here are our Cinebench R15 results from our benchmark database from the chips we've tested, plus Intel chips, with updated pricing

Cinebench R15 - Multi-Threaded (Win 10)

Performance wise, the Ryzen 7 1800X ($349) offers the best multi-threaded performance in Cinebench R15 MT, and the Intel Core i7-8700K ($370) makes an appearance just between the Ryzen 7 1700 ($299) and the cheaper Ryzen 5 1600X ($219). The 1600X works out to around $150 cheaper, albeit featuring the same core/thread count, same TDP, but with a lower core clock speed and slightly worse IPC performance than Intel's flagship 6 core 12 thread desktop Coffee Lake processor.

At the bottom end of the spectrum, the budget focused AMD Ryzen 5 1500X ($174) nestles right above the more expensive Intel counterpart, the Core i5 7500 ($202). This shows AMD is keen on offering good multi-threaded performance at a lower price point to counteract Intel's dominance on IPC performance. AMD's aim is in cornering the market on the best multi-threaded performance at each price point, and with these price drops expected to hit distributors as of now, users can expect pricing to start filtering through to local and national etailers as soon as the current stock starts depleting.

This is a direct win for consumers as not only are AMD's Ryzen range of processors competitive in multi-threaded performance but with the new price drops, they offer even better performance per dollar than ever before.

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  • jrs77 - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    The Ryzen 5 2400G could make for a good replacement of my current i7-5775C.
  • drexnx - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    the 1700X is only $10 more than the 1700, but the 1700 includes a decent boxed cooler and the 1700X you have to roll your own
  • TrackSmart - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    ^ This! The Ryzen 1700 comes with a cooler that is worth using (unless you are going to heavily overclock it). That clearly needs to be part of the price/value comparison.
  • Metalliax - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    You left off the 2200g ($99) from your new pricing table.
  • vkristof - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    Thanks for pointing that out! I do ZERO gaming, so a $99 quad core CPU with modern-day graphics for $99 sounds really good.
    I'm assuming that the Ryzen 3 2200G will also support 3 displays,as just about everything else does...
    The Ryzen 5 2400G/Ryzen 3 2200G slide lists the base clock of the 2200G as 3.5 GHz. The current $109 Ryzen 3 1200 has a 3.1GHz base clock.
    Have they sacrificed anything (Cache size?) in the 2200G to give you this VERY appealing $99 price point for a modern APU, fabbed in NY state no less?
  • Lolimaster - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    It's a 1 CCX design + Vega in 1 package.
  • neblogai - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    Yes, L3 cache size is 4MB, vs 8MB on R3 1200. But it has the benefit of having all cores in the same CCX- which should cancel out most of the penalty from lower L3 size.
  • Alexvrb - Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - link

    Definitely want to see these things tested.

    I can't help but look at that and say why would you even buy the 1200 over the 2200G, or a 1400 over a 2400G? Are they multiplier locked??

    On a related note I would like to see them release a budget "Athlon" with a disabled iGPU.
  • vkristof - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    The AMD press release is here:

    and it does state that the 2400G & 2200G L2/L3 cache is 6MB, so it is less than the 10MB on the $109 Ryzen 3 1200.
  • Lolimaster - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    Considering Ryzen non APU has latency penalties when the data exceeded 4MB of cache load this could may be a better solution. Let's wait the release and reviews clock per clock with the R5 1400.

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