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The ball is in Intel’s court as AMD hints at its reserved Ryzen 7 2800X

AMD’s 2nd generation Ryzen processors have been shaking up the CPU world lately, with the company’s top Ryzen 7 2700X being comparable with Intel’s Core-i7 8700K. Intel is expected to bolster its line-up with a new line of 8-core Coffee Lake processors at some point this year, but it doesn’t seem that AMD is worried as the ‘Red Team’ supposedly has an even more powerful Ryzen 7 2800X up its sleeve.

Senior vice president at AMD, Jim Anderson has suggested that the company might release the Ryzen 7 2800X at a later day, prompting speculation that AMD is waiting for Intel to respond to the challenge that 2nd generation Ryzen provides against its current line-up.

Despite the Ryzen 7 2700X stacking up well against the high-end Core-i7 8700K, Intel still manages to edge out AMD’s offering when it comes to gaming. This gap in performance is gradually closed when tested at higher resolutions, but this has prompted the more skeptical crowd to suggest that the delay for a higher powered Ryzen 7 2800X is due to AMD lacking confidence in satisfying supply and demand.

Image: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X review by KitGuru

We found in our own review that the Ryzen 7 2700X offered some much needed, albeit marginal improvements over its last generation, alongside its lower launch prices. That being said, it still has a higher idle power draw than its competitor and lacks in single-core performance, making it more suitable for multi-core enthusiasts.

For the time being, eyes are firmly looking towards Threadripper 2, the anticipated successor to one of AMD’s best processors. While the 1st generation Threadripper was already a standout CPU, the additions of Ryzen 2’s technology is certainly a tantalising prospect for many.

KitGuru Says: Personally, I am just happy to see AMD continuing the trend it started with the 1st generation Ryzen series, in that it is still giving Intel a run for its money. Hopefully Intel’s retort will give us a look into what AMD has under the hood of the supposed Ryzen 7 2800X sooner rather than later. Would you consider a more powerful Ryzen 7 2800X if it was on the market?

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