2nd generation AMD Ryzen processors to be available from April 19 worldwide

Sheri Evans
April 14, 2018

AMD is also shipping its AMD Ryzen 2nd gen processors with Wraith coolers included.

The top-end Ryzen model comes with eight-core Ryzen 7 2700X, which replaces the 1800X and 1700X which was used a year ago. AMD took a strong market position against Intel's 7th-generation Core CPUs with Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 in 2017, though Intel blunted some of that impact later in the year with the launch of the Core i7-8700K and its other 8th Generation CPUs. The architecture is being referred to as Zen+ rather than Zen 2, indicating that improvements are subtle.

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.

There isn't much else to talk about, though AMD does allow us to mention briefly the accompanying X470 chipset and its improved power delivery system, providing a bit more headroom and capability for these Ryzen 2000-series parts.

The Ryzen 5 2600X with its 6 cores and 12 threads comes with a 3.6GHz base clock and a 4.2GHz turbo, packed in a 95W TDP.

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AMD is also introducing a new top-end cooler, the Wraith Prism LED, which will be bundled with the Ryzen 7 2700X.

The downside with the first round of Ryzen 7 chips is that the XFR boost is locked at an extra 100MHz. The new chipset is created to support the increased clock speeds that are supported by the second-generation Ryzen line-up. It remains to be seen if the 2700X can go higher. There will be a rash of new motherboards too, based on AMD's X470 chipset. What we know for sure is that the chips will run on its new X470 AM4 chipset, and they'll support its StoreMI technology. In AMD's internal testing with StoreMI enabled on a combination of a HDD and NVMe SSD, app loading was almost three times as fast, suggesting that it offers similar benefits to Apple's Fusion Drive. Are you ready to switch to the next generation Ryzen?

Some motherboards in ASRock's lineup have special features, like the Aquantiar 10 Gigabit LAN on the Taichi Ultimate, or the integrated 802.11ac WiFi on the X470 Master SLI/ac and Fatal1ty X470 Gaming-ITX/ac motherboard.

Ryzen 5 2600 at £169 / $199.

The release date for X470 motherboards is mostly set for April 18th so it would be easy to get them with the launched 2nd-generation Ryzen 2000-series CPUs, the Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X and the Ryzen 5 2600.

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