AMD Ryzen – Prices Falling in Retail War



/ 2 weeks ago

AMD Ryzen

The AMD Ryzen processor, a genuine competitor with Intel’s high-end market, is dropping in price. In recent weeks prices of the Ryzen processors have been falling significantly.

Why are the prices falling?

It is nothing to do with the product, which we at eTeknix find to be excellent. However, a reported recent retail war has seen prices for the Ryzen 1700X drop below £350.00. So now might be the time for a savvy shopper to start their Ryzen build. The war has also seen the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 dip below £200.

While the Ryzen 5 1700x is the ‘poster boy’ of the Ryzen library for price and performance ratio. As can be seen above, the Ryzen 5 1600 is an excellent option for performance and price. For under £200 you’re not going to find a better processor.

Is it the right time to go for an AMD Ryzen build?

Wait for Vega…

Sorry, bad joke. The way the prices are dropping and with the motherboard market catching up. Yes, this is set to be the Summer of Ryzen. It was recently reported that AMD, for the first time in 10 years, had finally won a market share back from Intel. With such positive news, AMD is making all the right moves and this price war is set to ignite a lot of those, like me, who are awaiting their next big build.

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I know, I only just  I joked about waiting for Vega. But we also can not deny its pending Summer release as well.

While Intel certainly is not too worried about AMD Ryzen, I would expect to see AMD’s market share increase of 2.2% jump even further next year. The red-hot (not a joke about the recent overheating issues with it. Well, maybe a little.) Intel i7 7700k is still retailing for over £300. Although this is an excellent processor, the Ryzen option is going to be somewhat more tempting for many.

The future may be red, and that isn’t bad!


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  • Matt Booth

    I’ve already got an i7-6700k, so I’m good for now. I’ve been eyeing up the 6C12T Ryzen for a server, though.

    • Hayate Azekura

      I am waiting for the prices on the X99 to fall. I dont need fancy speeds but I love Asus X99 10g E W-S motherboard with just an i7-6850k.

      • Matt Booth

        My only issue with that is I’ll be going mATX and Ryzen would be cheaper (£200 for the CPU, about £60-80 for the board). mATX X99 boards are still pretty scarce and expensive, let alone finding a workstation board capable of running ECC RAM in mATX format 🙁

        Would probably be overkill with X99 to just run a RAID for NAS, Plex and Deluge (Ubuntu torrents, doing my bit for the community). Probably £260 just for the LGA2011-v3 CPU.

        EDIT:

        I’d be throwing it in a Fractal Design Node 804, an upgrade from my current Node 304. I reckon it’s a perfect case for a mini server. 10 HDD bays, plenty of room for watercooling and cable management. A cousin of the Corsair Air series, easily.

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