AMD launched the Ryzen 2000 series processors on Thursday. Unlike the first generation of Ryzen chips which included a Ryzen 7 1800X, the company chose not to offer a Ryzen 7 2800X as part of this year’s lineup. But that doesn’t rule out the 2800X release prospect as AMD announced the chip could well appear “someday.”
Ryzen 7 2800X in plans, but for now 2700X has that performance tier covered
The first wave of the second-gen Ryzen “Pinnacle Ridge” family includes fours processors, with the Ryzen 7 2700X leading the pack. At the pre-launch event in London, AMD senior vice president Jim Anderson explained why they decided to use the 2700X as the top-end model of the lineup.
“We felt like, with the 2700X and 2700 at the performance and price points, we had that space covered,” said Anderson, according to DSOGaming. “We just felt that with those two SKUs we had it sufficiently covered where we wanted to position the product.”
Based on the various Ryzen 2 reviews we’ve seen so far, the 2700X performs better than the old peak Ryzen across the board. While both feature eight cores and 16 threads, the new flagship chip is considerably faster at 3.7GHz base clock and 4.3GHz boost clock. Not only that but it also costs less than the original price of the 1800X.
So there’s simply no need for a higher-end and more expensive Ryzen chip that would perhaps have been a harder sell at this point. With that said, AMD hasn’t closed the door entirely on a Ryzen 7 2800X release.
As Anderson adds, “That doesn’t preclude a 2800X someday, right, maybe. But for now we believe those two SKUs cover the space well.”
In other words, that will depend in part on how Intel respond to the Ryzen 7 2700X. So if, in the future, AMD feel the need to, they could roll out a 2800X to ensure they remain competitive.
AMD might be keeping their absolute best in reserve to counter the potential 8-core Coffee Lake processor. Rumor has it that the first mainstream Intel octa-core CPU could debut before the end of the year. I don’t think AMD would bother landing the Ryzen 7 2800X until then. It gives them enough time to tweak their new 12nm Zen+ architecture to push clock speeds higher.