Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

AMD drops the curtain on 2nd-generation Ryzen processors

AMD drops the curtain on 2nd-generation Ryzen processors

These CPUs are built on a refined 14nm process dubbed 12nm, but architecturally they're similar to the CPUs AMD has already launched. Pre-orders for the new Ryzens will be available starting today and will make their official retail at physical stores on April 19. As always we recommend waiting until you see our review on April 19 before you buy, but if you really want to pre-order, you should be able to do so now. With a few notable exceptions, such as sometimes-disappointing gaming performance at 1080p resolution, the first-generation Ryzen 7 lineup, including its flagship Ryzen 7 1800X, became a reasonable alternative for enthusiasts who wanted a better price-to-performance ratio than the Intel Core i7.

Ryzen 5 2600X at £209 / $229.

The Ryzen 7 2700X features 8 cores and 16 threads with a base clock of 3.7 GHz and a boost clock of 4.3 GHz.

Ryzen 5 2600X will feature 6 cores / 12 threads, with a clock speed of 4.2/3.6 Ghz (boost/base) and 19MB of Smart Prefetch Cache. The new Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 5 2600 replace the equivalent 1000-series CPU models and promise improved performance across a range of PC workloads. It's got a clock speed of 3.7GHz that can be boosted to a maximum 4.3GHz, and it comes with the sorts of improvements that you'd expect from an incremental CPU upgrade.

What the new CPUs do deliver is substantially increased clocks and, in one case, a somewhat higher TDP.

Like with 1st-gen Ryzen, all 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs are unlocked and fully overclockable on supported motherboards. The new Wraith Prism cooler that comes with it also features RGB lighting.

It's important to keep in mind that AMD keeps all of their processors "unlocked", which means all of them are available for overclocking to gain that extra level of performance. We're not allowed to say much about what's changed here yet, but we can tell you that AMD has done some fine-tuning on its XFR and Precision Boost implementations.

Along with the new CPU, AMD also announced the X470 chipset for motherboards. X470 will coexist alongside X370, B350 and A320 for now; AMD has not announced a "B450" or "A420" today. Other than enabling new motherboard designs, perhaps the most intriguing feature of the X470 is AMD's new StoreMI technology, which lets you combine multiple SSDs and conventional hard drives into a single virtual volume and automatically assign files based on their storage speed requirements.

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