AMD, with its new Ryzen family, has been giving quite a competition to the dominant force in desktop/laptop chip-making — Intel. And to take the competition a notch further, AMD has come up with its all new Ryzen 9 line-up. And while of course it stands head to head with Intel’s Core i9 series of chipsets on performance terms, it blows the latter away in terms of pricing. Ryzen 9 costs almost half of Intel’s Core i9.

Announced at a pre-event keynote at Computex 2019 by AMD CEO Lisa Su today, which is the first time the company has been invited to do so, the Ryzen 9 was announced along with a host of other chip announcements from AMD. Lisa Su announced the following:

  • The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processor family, including the new 12-core Ryzen 9 processor, offers leadership performance.
  • The AMD X570 chipset for socket AM4, the world’s first PCIe 4.0 supported chipset with more than 50 new motherboards at launch.
  • RDNA gaming architecture designed to drive the future of PC gaming, console, and cloud, anticipated to deliver incredible performance, power, and memory efficiency in a smaller package.
  • The 7nm AMD Radeon RX 5700-series gaming graphics card family featuring high-speed GDDR6 memory and support for the PCIe 4.0 interface.

She was further joined by tech giants, including Microsoft’s Corporate VP of OS Platforms Roanne Sones, Asus’ COO Joe Hsieh, Acer’s Co-Chief Operating Officer Jerry Kao and a host of other significant industry players. The presence was more of a show of strength by AMD, as most of the mentioned companies have started using AMD chipsets on their hardware, in one form or the other.

Slated to launch on July 7th this year, the Ryzen 9 announcement was clearly AMD’s show -stopper. The chip, developed using 7nm fabrication process, is a direct competition to Intel’s Core i9 line-up. And while it matches head-to-head in terms of specs, pricing is where things look really bright for AMD. The 24-thread Ryzen 9 3900x chip is the flagship of AMD’s third-generation Ryzen family. It will retail starting at $499, half the price of Intel’s competing Core i9 9920X chipset, which is priced at $1,189 and up.

For the other chips in the family, the pricing stands at $199 for the 6-core, 12-thread 3600; $329 for the 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 3700x (with 4.4 Ghz boost, 36 MB of total cache and a 65 watt TDP); and $399 for the 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 3800X (4.5 Ghz, 32MB cache, 105w).