I can believe it in the sense that Intel could get away with gouging and get away with captive business audiences who basically must buy Intel and must buy the best and so will fork over $1000 for the chip.
I'm eager to find out if they're right but I definitely see how they could legit do it. I mean they picked the perfect time to strike, with evetyring Intel being old or new-but-dissapointingly-samey.
What would stick me back to my Intel plans would be if Ryzen turns out to hate Nvidia cards, it causes insane bugs that Intel doesnt, the nunbers tieb out to be utterly bogus, Skylake-E drops and gives enthusiast performance equal to the 1800x at a similar 500 dollars, or if Intel kicks their prices for the 7700k and 6800k down a ledge.
So not a sure thing, lota can happen, but it won't be long to find out and those criteria all are not the likely things. Likely the numbers IRL are close to the figures given, likely Intel isn't shitting brix yet, likely they aint sitting on a game changing cpu either. Likely it will come out and be solid but with a few caveats like if you must have maximum clock speeds for certain gaming then you still need Intel chips that can rock 4.8GHz all day. But for the rest of us, I mostly want the most killer gaming workstation I can get while not blowing my wad, and for $500 the 1800x might be perfect for that if it's anywhere close to what we see.
And it'll look awesome in my custom case slash desk machine. More to come on that later.