AMD Ryzen 3000 Announced: Five CPUs, 12 Cores for $499, Up to 4.6 GHz, PCIe 4.0, Coming 7/7 Quite a few things I like: 1) Socket life and backwards compatibility with AM4 2) AMD's Soldered IHS - I never forgave Intel for cheaping-out with paste under the lid - post Sandy Bridge. 3) Intel's IPC & Process lead seems to have evaporated (although real benches will come later with the release 07/07/19) **It also helped that Intel gagged on its 10nm node 4) PCIe 4.0 - not a big deal for video cards (as they've yet to saturate PCIe 3.0)... but will pay big dividends for the next gen SSDs. 5) No gimping processors with non-SMT SKUs. 6) Price point vs Intel - very favorable Good time to be a consumer again, competition is a good thing. I have a feeling AMD is sandbagging a bit and we could see a 16/32 AM4 beastie (depending on Intel's response) on the refresh cycle, I'm guessing 6-7 months. It does exist ----> as an engineering sample Who's in on the next release, and which one?