But how do the specs stack up? While it's too early for us yet to say which is the best in terms of benchmark results, we can certainly pit the two chip rivals' respective processors to see which sounds best on paper. Question is, can they beat AMD's price? It is a new CPU from AMD, based on a brand new architecture.
The company will also launch its Coffee Lake chips in August, much earlier than the previously reported January 2018 unveiling date.
Digitimes' report, along with several others, has confirmed that Intel is indeed planning to bring the new processors soon to counter AMD Ryzen.
While the latest Ryzen chip relies on a Zen microarchitecture which is built on a 14 nm FinFET process and an innovative AM4 socket, the most recent Core i7 CPU works on the Kaby Lake architecture.
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Ryzen is a 1800X processor and an octacore one, which can support 16 threads being executed. For those looking for the most powerful Ryzen 7 chip, the 1800X is also on sale hitting a new low with a $51 drop to $448.99. This would likely be along the lines of a 4.4GHz base clock with a 4.6 - 4.7GHz Turbo, as opposed to a 4.2GHz base and 4.5GHz Turbo like the Core i7-7700K features. Both the 1700X and 1800X have a TDP of 95W, while the regular 1700 is rated at 65W.
Over the past six weeks, AMD's Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 CPUs have been making Intel's life a bit hard. For nearly the same features and even better base clock speed, the Ryzen 7 is so much cheaper for half the prize of its Intel counterpart which sells for $1,021 at Amazon. Meanwhile, the i7 is a 7700 K one, which has a 4.2 GHz speed, being a four core device with 8 MB cache.
Intel will unveil its Basin Falls platform, Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X CPUs in tow, two months earlier than expected, according to rumors. And given that the Kaby Lake CPU offering doesn't really offer much of a performance improvement over 2015's Skylake, gamers might well choose an AMD processor and motherboard for their next upgrade.
PriceAMD's top-spec Ryzen CPU is the Ryzen 7 1800X processor can be found for £489 over at Amazon. Due to different core counts and architectures there will also be different TDPs.