For those that were intrigued by the Ryzen 7 line-up but looking for something cheaper and with less cores/threads, the Ryzen 5 will be available in four and six core options in less than one month. On the low-end is the 4-core Ryzen 5 1400 @ 3.2/3.6GHz for $169 USD while the Ryzen 5 1600X is 6-cores at 3.6/4.0GHz for $249 USD. The Ryzen 5 CPUs still feature SMT.
I haven't heard from AMD yet whether they will be sending out review samples, but otherwise I plan to at least pick up one of the lower-end Ryzen CPUs myself for some interesting Linux benchmarks. By April hopefully we'll see out some Ryzen microcode updates, new motherboard BIOSes, and better supplies of Ryzen motherboards. Stay tuned for more Ryzen 7 1700 / 1800X benchmarks though still coming up in the days ahead.