AMD Introduces Second Generation Ryzen CPU’s, 2700X To Cost $329
AMD has officially presented the second generation of Ryzen CPUs, based on the same Zen architecture with some minimal adjustments. The new ‘Ryzen 2000’ processors will be available on April 19th, which is also when reviews and benchmarks of the new chips are allowed to be published.
The chip company will first introduce two mid-range Ryzen 5 chips as well as two high-end Ryzen 7 models.
The Ryzen 5 2600 will feature six cores and twelve threads, with a maximum boost clock speed of 3.9 GHz compared to the predecessor’s 3.6 GHz. This CPU has a retail price of $199, comes with the Wraith Stealth cooler and has a TDP of just 65W.
Positioned slightly higher is the Ryzen 5 2600X, which is slightly higher clocked out of the box and is also easily overclockable. The boost clock speed increases to 4.2 GHz, but so does the TDP at 95W. In order to account for the higher TDP, AMD includes the more powerful Wraith Spire cooler in the box. With a price tag of $229, the price difference with the non-X version is rather small.
The high-end range starts with the AMD Ryzen 7 2700, a direct successor to the popular Ryzen 7 1700. These CPUs feature eight cores and sixteen threads on a maximum boost of 4.1 GHz, a 65W TDP, and a Wraith Spire LED cooler for $299.
For the moment, the Ryzen 7 2700X will be the flagship model in the series. AMD hasn’t announced a possible Ryzen 7 2800X yet but could release an even faster CPU as a response to Intel. The 2700X features a 4.35 GHz boost clock, which is a whopping 535 MHz improvement over its last-gen counterpart. However, this extra performance comes at a price of a slightly higher TDP: 105W. AMD bundles it with the Wraith Prism LED cooler and the processor will retail for $329.
All of the second-generation Ryzen chips are being manufactured on the Global Foundries 12LP process, and AMD claims this would be 12 nm instead of the 14nm+ they’ve used in the past. The Zen+ architecture should also allow for better overclocking performance and also has AMD StoreMI Technology for storage speed improvements. Aside from the Ryzen 2 chips, a new motherboard chipset will also be introduced to accommodate all of the new features, although older X370 motherboards will support the Zen+ processors as well.