AMD's second-generation Ryzen CPUs go up for preorder, ship April 19

AMD's second-generation Ryzen CPUs go up for preorder, ship April 19

AMD's second-generation Ryzen CPUs go up for preorder, ship April 19

The new chips include the Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, and Ryzen 5 2600.

The Ryzen 7 2700X features 8 cores and 16 threads with a base clock of 3.7 GHz and a boost clock of 4.3 GHz.

AMD on Friday formally introduced its second generation Ryzen processor lineup, which at the outset consists of four SKUs split evenly between 6-core/12-thread and 8-core/16-thread options. Pre-orders for the new Ryzens will be available starting today and will make their official retail at physical stores on April 19. We are not entirely sure of the range of differences between the first and second generation Ryzen processors.

Essentially the new Ryzen processors are faster and cheaper than their predecessors, and the latter of those is particularly noteworthy. The TDP is 105W. The Ryzen 7 2700X comes with AMD's new Wraith Prism, which AMD says offers improved thermal performance over the Wraith Max. These prices also mean that Ryzen 7 2700X will go against Intel's Core i7-8700/8700K CPUs and give them a good run for their money, while the rest of the lineup will do the same thing with the rest of Intel's lineup unless Intel implements some price-cuts soon.

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The Ryzen 5 2600 also, unsurprisingly, maintains core parity with the last gen chips, at six cores and 12 threads, but features 19MB of L3 cache, and runs at a base clock of 3.4GHz up to 3.9GHz boost. It comes with the Wraith Spire cooler with RGB ring and is priced at $299. It has a TDP of 95W, comes with the standard Wraith Spire cooler and is priced at $229. It's got a clock speed of 3.7GHz that can be boosted to a maximum 4.3GHz, and it comes with the sorts of improvements that you'd expect from an incremental CPU upgrade.

When you consider the price point at which these processors are entering the market, their performance and the additional of a highly competent cooler - this is going to cause some major disruption for Intel.

Looking for the best AMD gaming motherboard? Again, we don't know a ton about the new chipset and how it differs from X370. Over a year on from the launch of their ground-shaking Ryzen processors, AMD's 12nm refresh is promising optimised performance, a new lithography, and a shiny new X470 chipset.

More will be revealed on April 19. You can grab the 2700X at Amazon and there are

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