Those who have been following AMD’s Ryzen CPU rollout finally have something real they can do with their excitement. Pre-orders for Ryzen CPUs and compatible motherboards began today, with availability scheduled for March 2nd! Leaks and speculation are now over! And to the great joy of many enthusiasts, AMD is launching its 8 core Ryzen 7 trio, the 1700, 1700X, and 1800X, priced from $329 to $499. These chips perform as well as, if not better than Intel CPUs costing twice as much. Finally Intel gets some CPU competition. Welcome back to the fight AMD! I’m taking a front row seat for this one having ordered a Ryzen 7 1700, and an Asus Crosshair VI Hero motherboard during my lunch break. It’s been a long time since I had this much fun building a new box!