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AMD Ryzen Official Release Date, News, Price & Features: Intel Slash Prices Ahead of Ryzen Launch

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AMD Ryzen is one of the most anticipated CPUs currently. AMD's latest multi-core desktop processors were unveiled recently during an event in San Francisco, and they will soon be available to purchase.

The new chips promised to bring AMD into the high-performance sphere with Intel in a way that's more reasonable and is a marked improvement on its own previous generation of silicon. The first of what will likely be many Ryzen processors is available right now for pre-order and will be released on March 2. The chip comes in three varieties ranging in price and capability. 

However, AMD hasn't revealed any other versions of the Ryzen processor other than the 7 series, which is designed to solely compete with Intel's Core i7 series. In case AMD wants to compete with Intel's entire range, then surely we will see more versions of the chip soon enough, as reported by TechRadar.

Ryzen was designed by AMD to perform well at high loads and be well-matched with the latest hardware in PC gaming. To that end, the firm had to develop a new chipset for the processors, the X370 and X300, and a new socket, the AM4, according to Forbes.

According to WCCFTech, Intel is allegedly "playing dirty" by intentionally trying to cut the AMD Ryzen out of the market. There are reports that Intel personnel are approaching potential customers and offering incentive rebates and other special promos to convince them to use Intel processors exclusively. Intel is supposedly convincing users to stick with its products before they can review the forthcoming AMD Ryzen. Intel PR has been reportedly sent a "call us before you write" email to some of the press who will review the new Ryzen CPUs.

AMD has been careful with Intel in preparing for the launch of Ryzen. The new chipsets are bound to perform likewise or even better than Intel's processors at considerably lower prices. The Ryzen 7 1800X will cost $499, in spite of outperforming the Intel i7 6900K that costs $1050. The Ryzen 7 1700X will be costing $399, while the Ryzen 7 1700 will cost $329. The first three AMD Ryzen processors are set to launch on Mar. 2, 2017. 

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