AMD’s 2nd-gen Ryzen processors for desktop computers are up for pre-order starting today and they’ll be available starting April 19th.
The new chips come in 6-core and 8-core variants, use have TDPs between 65 watts and 105 watts and sell for between $199 and $329.
The new chips include a number of updates over the original Ryzen chips that shipped in 2017, including:
- They’re manufactured using a 12nm process, down from 14nm.
- They use a new Zen+ architecture.
- The new models have higher base and turbo frequencies than their equivalent 1st-gen predecessors.
- AMD has introduced a new X470 chipset.
Overall you should probably expect a decent performance boost from the new models… although we’ll have to wait until next week for the embargo detailed reviews to lift before we see real-world performance notes.
Here’s an overview of key specs for the first four Ryzen 2 chips, which all have 2000-series model numbers:
|AMD Ryzen 2000 dekstop chips|
|Processor||Cores||Threads||Base clock||Turbo clock||Smart prefetch cache||TDP||Price|
|Ryzen 7 2700X||8||16||3.7 GHz||4.3 GHz||20MB||105W||$329|
|Ryzen 7 2700||8||16||3.2 GHz||4.1 GHz||20MB||65W||$299|
|Ryzen 5 2600X||6||12||3.6 GHz||4.2 GHz||19MB||95W||$229|
|Ryzen 5 2600||6||12||3.4 GHz||3.9 GHz||19MB||65W||$199|
If that chart looks familiar, it’s because these are basically the same detailed that leaked in March, although it turns out some clock speeds are a bit higher than expected and some prices are a bit lower than anticipated.
AMD says motherboards with the new AMD X470 chipset will launch alongside the new processors on April 19th, and for the first time the AMD 7 2700X CPU will come bundled with a Wraith Prism cooler.
Other processors come bundled with Wraith Spire or Wraith Stealth coolers.