Ryzen CPUs enjoy strong pre-launch demand


— 9:07 AM on February 23, 2017

If you're in the market for a CPU upgrade, AMD's Ryzen processors could be just the thing. We say "could be" because Jeff hasn't poked his head out of the lab yet to give us the go-ahead. It seems that some folks aren't keen on waiting for independent reviews, though, because as of this writing the three currently-available-for-pre-order Ryzen CPUs have all found spots in the top six best-selling computer components on Amazon.

Another two of those top six products are Ryzen-compatible AM4 motherboards. That's a surprisingly-healthy showing of interest for processors that haven't even hit retail yet. For its part, Newegg has already run out of pre-order stock for the top-end Ryzen 7 1800X part.

Buyers seem to be trusting that the new CPUs will perform well, offer good value, or a combination of both. Or maybe AMD fans just want to stick it to Intel. Still, it's hard to fault people for their excitement given recent history and the performance claims made by AMD. If the company's numbers are even close to accurate, the chips should be capable competitors against Intel's line-up. If in fact you actually can buy a fully-built PC (with memory, storage, a Radeon RX 480 graphics card, and RGB LED lighting) for the same price as an Intel processor with roughly similar performance, the choice isn't difficult. As for me, I'll be waiting on Jeff.

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