While we’re getting hyped about AMD’s octa-core Ryzen behemoth, it can be easy to forget AMD has a barrage of lower-end CPUs coming which are doing more than just making up the numbers. Quad-core Ryzen processors are on the way, designed to tackle the mid to low end of the CPU market currently dominated by Intel Core i3 and i5 CPUs.

AMD has allegedly begun sample these Ryzen CPUs so with any luck they’ll be ready to go around the same time as its 8-core flagship chip.

We’ve yet to hear anything concrete regarding the clock speeds of these chips, although rumours point towards 3.4 GHz base clock. As revealed earlier this week, all AMD Ryzen CPUs will also have unlocked multipliers for overclocking. This is a huge boon considering the vast majority of Intel’s Core i3 and i5 CPUs are locked, aside from a limited selection of ‘K’ chips which come with price premium.

Provided you can get the right cooling in there, you’re going to be able to achieve some high-grade performance with quad-core Ryzen. This is backed up by precision boost and XFX (Extended Frequency Range - no, me neither) for automatic overclocking which can optimise your clock speed for maximum performance. Throw some liquid cooling in your rig or buy a decent fan and you’re going to see your rig automatically run faster, which seems like a sweet deal and fantastic for ease of use. You will be slightly restricted by the 45W TDP but that’s to be expected with mainstream processors.

As we said yesterday as well, it’s looking as if the full lineup of AMD Ryzen CPUs is going to be made available before March 3rd, so there’s only a matter of weeks to wait until these quad-core CPUs start popping up on store shelves. It’s going to be absolutely fascinating to see how AMD plans to handle its pricing structure and what Intel has got in its locker to compete. For too long Intel has had the market to itself, effectively dictating the entire CPU pricing structure. Should AMD deliver on performance then we could see some cut-throat competition come into play between AMD and Intel, all ultimately to the benefit of PC gamers.

What are your CPU upgrade plans? Have you been waiting on Ryzen to make your decision?