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AMD doesn’t Need a Ryzen 2800X to Skew Great Pricing

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Posted April 5, 2018 by Josh Jackson in CPU & Motherboards

Pricing recently leaked for the upcoming Ryzen 2000 series and it looks like it’s even better than originally expected. Right now, the 2700X has a listing for $329, while a 2600X is going for $229. However, it doesn’t seem like it takes long before a report speculates on whether we’ll see a 2800X or not. At this point, I not only think there isn’t going to be one, but I also think there isn’t any need for a processor that can do more harm than good.

If AMD has any plans for a 2800X, they’ve certainly hid it much better than previous releases. Typically, somebody on the internet finds a changelog or patch note that indicates a new release is on it’s way. So far, I haven’t seen anything for a CPU past the 2700X. On top of that, Ryzen now has plenty of SKUs to give us a ton of buying options. The 1700, 1800, and 1800X are sticking around for a while and the price cuts will make them very attractive options, even for a new system on a X470 chipset. The minor differences in clock speeds make it barely worth while to try and release a new chip. Since the main architecture isn’t changing either, AMD would probably have to push TDPs to 130W+ to get enough of a gain to make the 2800X even partially worth while. The architectural redesign coming after Zen+ is were the real improvements need to be focused on.

I don’t think AMD has a 2800X in its back pocket, but I also think it shouldn’t have one regardless. When the 1800X first released, it was 8 cores of great computing power. Intel didn’t have anything that came close to competing with the core count on the standard desktop level, and the small range of frequency headroom made three separate 8 core chips worth releasing. Since then, Intel has responded and they have much more competitive CPUs in their lineup. Adding a couple hundred extra MHz to release a third Zen+ chip is going to feel like a cash grab in my opinion. Consumers who waited for Zen+ to begin with will likely feel cheated, thinking the 2700X was meant to be the top CPU when they waited for an X470 platform. The release might help boost sales and competition initially, but I feel like it will hurt AMD’s opportunity to build a longer lasting brand loyalty relationship. It’s hard to say though, since integrity may be such a small factor that many companies don’t see it as a relevant metric for building sales.

I’m certainly torn by these reports now. While I’m excited to see excellent pricing for the Ryzen 2000 series, I’m worried about the possibility of seeing CPU upgrades turn into a never ending war for quick sales. I understand the value of companies making profits, but I also want to see consumers have the option to save up for one strong PC build, and have that build last for a good 5 years. At least when the CPU, motherboard, RAM and storage hold up for that long, it makes it a little easier to upgrade a GPU around every 3 years. Only time will tell…

Check out the article from WCCFTech for more details on the info from the leak!

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