The Ryzen rumor mill is in overdrive, with the latest reports claiming that there will be no 6-core Ryzen CPU coming out. Instead, an 8C/8T chip will be part of the mid-range SR5 lineup which leaves us with only 8-core and 4-core Ryzen CPUs.
AMD’s Next-gen Processor Lineup won’t include 6-core Ryzen CPU
AMD is expected to release Ryzen CPU in three distinct tiers: SR7, SR5 and SR3 – just like Intel’s Core i7, i5 and i3 product lines. The SR7 will be the top-of-the-line series comprising of eight-core, 16-thread CPUs we’ve seen in previous AMD demos and so many leaks.
At CES 2017, AMD showcased an engineering sample of the same chip running at 3.6GHz base and 3.9GHz boost clock speeds. The retail version of the chip is said to be clocked at a slightly higher 4.0GHz frequency. The 8C/16T Ryzen chips will go head to head against Intel’s Core i7 CPUs.
The SR3 will include quad-core Ryzen CPUs that will support up to eight threads. These chips will feature a base clock of 3.4GHz or higher, and TDP rated at only 45W. The 4-core Ryzen will take on Intel’s Core i5 and i3 chips on desktops.
The AMD SR5 series will target the mid-range segment, and from what we’ve heard so far, it will comprise of 6-core Ryzen CPUs that will support 12 threads.
But, if this new report from ZoLKoRn is accurate, there will be no 6-core Ryzen CPU, but the 8-core, 8-thread chips. The report further claims that these 8C/8T Ryzen CPUs will have multi-threading disabled.
Keep in mind that there is no confirmation from AMD regarding this and it’s still a rumor, so we’ll advise you to treat it with the usual grain of salt.
What’s confirmed is that all AMD Ryzen CPUs will be multiplier unlocked offering overclocking right of the box.
AMD Ryzen Release Date and Price Rumors
According to a previous report, the development of the Ryzen CPU is finished, and last delays are caused only by bugs in the BIOS of the motherboards. AMD is scheduled to unveil its next-generation Zen processors at the end of February.
The most powerful of the bunch will launch first in the first week of March with SR5 and SR3 Ryzen SKUs following later in July.
In terms of the pricing, the flagship SR7 eight-core chips are expected to cost somewhere between $580 and $720. The 8C/8T Ryzen CPUs could be priced around $300 mark, which is arguably going to be the sweet-spot of the new Zen stack.
Finally, the entry-level SR3 4C/8T parts might cost around $170, which if true sounds really impressive.
Are you excited about the Ryzen launch? If yes, which Ryzen CPU are you planning to use in your next PC build? Let us know in the comments below.