AMD drops the curtain on 2nd-generation Ryzen processors

AMD launches 2nd-gen Ryzen: $199 to $329, available April 19, pre-orders today

AMD launches 2nd-gen Ryzen: $199 to $329, available April 19, pre-orders today

This is exclusively for PC gamers, creators, and hardware enthusiasts.

On Friday AMD has announced its second generation of Ryzen desktop processors.

The Ryzen 7 2700X continues this trend.

Back at CES 2018, AMD stated that the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors will have lower power consumption despite being clocked at slightly higher speed than their predecessors alongside couple of other cache, and latency improvements. Still, there is a new 12nm production process used to create the chips' integrated circuits, which could mean better performance, including less latency and reduced cooling requirements. All we know for sure right now are the basic specifications of the four new SKUs.


For the first time with AMD's Ryzen, the X-series chips will come with Wraith coolers in the box rather than requiring a third-party cooler at added expense. The new Ryzen line-up includes two eight-core models with 16 threads and two six-core models with 12 threads, and the company said all of them are big upgrades from the first-gen models and feature its advanced "SenseMI technology". The Ryzen 7 2700X comes with the wraith cooler which should be plenty to offer a small overclock without the user having to go out a get a custom cooler.

Combine this with the fact that you will need a very solid after market cooler to keep the temperature of your CPU under control, which can cost you up to £40/$50, ontop of the fact that you will be paying more money for the same level of performance with an Intel processor now thanks to the Ryzen 2's highly competitive pricing. we're struggling to find a reason why you wouldn't pick up a Ryzen 2 over a Coffee Lake series from Intel. Both Ryzen 5 2nd gen processors also feature higher clock speeds, with the 2600X boosting up to 4.2GHz off a 3.6GHz base. Along with the 2nd gen Ryzen desktop processor collection will launch AMD X470 chipset motherboards. The cheaper 2600 is just $199 and for that you get a 3.4 GHz base clock with a 3.9 GHz boost, plus 19MB of cache and a 65W TDP. All four of the detailed boards sport dual M.2, four DDR4 DIMM slots, and three PCIe x16 slots, and they all come in an ATX form factor.

AMD's second-generation Ryzen CPUs are nearly here. Whereas the Carbon (both of them) and M7 motherboards support 3-way Crossfire and 2-way SLI graphics configurations, the Gaming Plus supports only 2-and 3-way Crossfire setups. The Ryzen 5 2600 offer a 3.9GHz boost with a base of 3.4GHz.

The new chips include the Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, and Ryzen 5 2600.

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