AMD debuts new Ryzen processors, pre-orders start today

AMD debuts new Ryzen processors, pre-orders start today

AMD debuts new Ryzen processors, pre-orders start today

AMD outlines the already released details about the Ryzen 2000-series, including its production on GlobalFoundries 12nm process tech and the updated "Zen+" architecture.

AMD has officially taken the wraps off its 2nd Gen Ryzen processors, announcing four new SKUs that fit into price points between $199 and $329 excluding taxes.

The top-of-the-line AMD Ryzen 7 2700X has eight cores with multi-threading and a 20MB cache, and runs at 3.7GHz with a turbo speed of 4.3GHz and TDP of 105W.

The Ryzen 7 2700X continues this trend.

Buy the new processors on Overclockers (UK) or Amazon (US). We don't know for sure, since we haven't yet tested the new CPU at PC Labs. Now that we've entered spring of 2018, AMD is set to launch the second generation of Ryzen parts, dubbed Ryzen 2000, on April 19. The actual cooler differs from one chip to another though as only the top-of-the-line Ryzen 7 2700X receives the new Wraith Prism RGB cooler while the rest received either Wraith Spire or Wraith Stealth. If you are on a budget then you should check out the new pricing as it is possible that a higher-end chip fits into your budget keeping in mind the new pricing.

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The Ryzen 7 2700 serves as a lower power 8c16t part, dropping the TDP to 65W and the frequencies to 3.2GHz base and 4.1GHz maximum boost.

The downside with the first round of Ryzen 7 chips is that the XFR boost is locked at an extra 100MHz. The Ryzen 5 2600X and 2600 also get their own suite of clock bumps.

Along with having excellent performance, at an extremely competitive price, the second generation Ryzen processors will also come bundled with an extremely powerful AMD Wrath cooler, which will put many after market coolers to shame.

The launch of the new processors also marks the official release of AMD X470 chipset although the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors work perfectly fine with the existing AMD 4 motherboards with 300-series chipset. 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. The Ryzen 5 2600 offer a 3.9GHz boost with a base of 3.4GHz.

Pre-orders are open now, but as you can see in the unboxing video above, we've received both the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X for review, so we'd recommending waiting for the full review on April 19th.

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