Forget about days, we can now feasibly count down the hours until AMD’s next-generation Ryzen CPUs are unleashed on the world. To say they look like a bargain seems like a huge understatement. Ladies and gents, this is what competition for Intel finally looks like. Over in Silicon Valley the blue team is probably proverbially cacking itself.

From what we’ve seen so far of AMD’s Ryzen (including leaked benchmarks for the Ryzen R7 1700X and AMD’s Ryzen R5 1600X), first impressions are that while AMD may not necessarily be smashing Intel in terms of performance, it very much is when it comes to price. Some of these CPUs offer the same performance as Intel processors triple their price. At this stage if you’re looking to buy a new gaming CPU it seems like an absolute no brainer to fall down on the Team Red side of the fence.

It’s got Intel spooked and they've panicked in spectacular fashion. Kaby Lake has only been on store shelves for about six weeks and already Intel has basically written the entire family off. The arrival of the 8th generation of CPUs has been accelerated (with Intel citing some modest 15% performance gains), effectively letting the world know it’s current crop of CPUs don’t quite make the grade in terms of price to performance.

Without a doubt it’s going to be an absolutely fascinating time in the CPU industry. This is the type of assault we haven’t seen AMD attempt in as much as a decade. Where there’s intense competition the customer always wins. It’s a fantastic time to think about an upgrade, but if you were going to down the AMD Ryzen route, what CPU would you hand over your hard earned cash for? Is there particular Ryzen CPU which is a major standout, perhaps offering great specs for a bargain bin price? Let us know!

AMD Ryzen R7 CPUs

CPU Core/Thread L3 Cache TDP Base Clock Boost Clock Price
R7 1800X 8/16 16MB 95W 3.6GHz 4.0GHz $499
R7 1700X 8/16 16MB 95W 3.4GHz 3.8GHz $389
R7 1700 8/16 16MB 65W 3.0GHz 3.7GHz $319

AMD Ryzen R5 CPUs

CPU Core/Thread L3 Cache TDP Base Clock Boost Clock Price
R5 1600X 6/12 16MB 95W 3.3GHz 3.7GHz $259
R5 1500 6/12 16MB 65W 3.2GHz 3.5GHz $229
R5 1400X 4/8 8MB 65W 3.5GHz 3.9GHz $199
R5 1300 4/8 8MB 65W 3.2GHz 3.5GHz $175

AMD Ryzen R3 CPUs

CPU Core/Thread L3 Cache TDP Base Clock Boost Clock Price
R3 1200X 4/4 8MB 65W 3.4GHz 3.8GHz $149
R3 1100 4/4 8MB 65W 3.2GHz 3.5GHz $129