AMD announced 2nd generation Ryzen desktop processors


In multithread applications, such as video editing and rendering, the Ryzen 7 2700X sees around a 20% increase in speed over the 8700k.

AMD has finally unveiled their 2nd-generation Ryzen line-up today, after weeks of leaks and rumors surrounding the hotly anticipated processors.

AMD's second-generation Ryzen CPUs are nearly here.

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The new Ryzen processors are manufactured using a new 12nm process, beating Intel's current 14nm offerings. The new Ryzen 7 2700X is a 3.7GHz base, 4.3GHz boost clock CPU, compared with the 3.6GHz base clock, 4GHz boost on the Ryzen 7 1800X. 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.

Delivering high-performance computing and innovative new features, 2nd gen Ryzen desktop processors are built to create faster and smoother computing experiences for PC gamers, creators, and hardware enthusiasts. It has 20MB "Smart Prefetch Cache", which is 4MB L2 cache and 16MB L3 cache. 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. It's priced at $329. It comes with the Wraith Spire cooler with RGB ring and is priced at $299. While the Ryzen 5 2600X has base and turbo speeds of 3.6GHz and 4.2GHz with a 95W TDP, the Ryzen 5 2600 runs at speeds between 3.4GHz and 3.9GHz with a 65W TDP. Frequencies here sit at 3.4GHz/3.9GHz, and this $199 excluding taxes CPU comes with the Wraith Stealth cooler. However, AMD is also launching the new AX470 chipset simultaneously, which is said to have an "improved power infrastructure" to support higher clocks. Again, we don't know a ton about the new chipset and how it differs from X370. Expect full backwards compatibility between the new CPUs and X370 boards released previous year, save for the UEFI updates that will likely be required. OEMs such as ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI will soon be announcing their boards with the new chipset. 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. There is going to be another big battle for the DIY space coming this spring, and we can't wait to share the first punches with you next week.