AMD launched its brand spanking new Ryzen 2000 Series processors yesterday but one was conspicuous by its absence. When the first-gen Ryzen arrived last year, the top-end model was the AMD Ryzen 1800X. This year, there’s no AMD Ryzen 2800X in sight.
That may not be the case forever though, with AMD senior vice president Jim Anderson hinting there may be a Ryzen 7 2800X someday. As for why it isn’t launching now, the answer’s as simple as you’d expect.
“We felt like, with the 2700X and 2700 at the performance and price points, we had that space covered,” said Anderson. “We just felt that with those two SKUs we had it sufficiently covered where we wanted to position the product.”
In essence, AMD’s got Intel matched in terms of the 2700X versus the Intel Core i7-8700K, and right now there isn’t any reason to release an enthusiast-tier CPU that may not offer the same value for money. Instead, AMD’s likely got its Ryzen 7 2800X waiting in the wings, ready to fire it to market once Intel puts a new, faster processor.
“That doesn’t preclude a 2800X someday, right, maybe. But for now we believe those two SKUs cover the space well,” concludes Anderson.
For now, rest assured that, from the first wave of reviews at least, the Ryzen 7 2700X is an extremely capable CPU that’s got the Intel 8700K beaten on both single-core and multi-core performance. However, Intel’s still holding the slightest of leads in terms of gaming performance.