Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

AMD Ryzen Gen 2 Processors and Motherboards Available for Pre-Order Today

AMD Ryzen Gen 2 Processors and Motherboards Available for Pre-Order Today

AMD has finally announced the 2nd generation Ryzen desktop processors. The new chipset is created to support the increased clock speeds that are supported by the second-generation Ryzen line-up. The new chip comes at a price of $329, which is a steal compared to $399 and $499 for the 1700X and 1800X.

The Ryzen 7 2700 features 8 cores and 16 threads as well. The Ryzen 7 2700's clock speeds are a significant jump from the first-generation model, as the boost goes up to 4.1GHz on a 3.2GHz base.

Ryzen 5 2600 will feature 6 cores / 12 threads, with a clock speed of 3.9/3.4 Ghz (boost/base) and 19MB of Smart Prefetch Cache.

All four new CPUs use the same Socket AM4 interface as the first-gen Ryzen lineup and the recently launched Ryzen APUs.

"Second generation Ryzen desktop processors take everything that made the original Ryzen so groundbreaking and makes it better", said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD, "[that means] great performance combined with advanced technology to deliver an wonderful experience for the most demanding users". It comes with the basic Wraith Stealth cooler and is priced at $199. For the first time in a while, AMD has draw level with Intel's current processor product offering, while also remaining at a lower price.

As for the X470 platform, which AMD has also unveiled today, we'll be seeing a massive range of new motherboards hit the market that support the new chipset. The main advantage to X470 over X370 is improved power infrastructure to better support 2nd-gen Ryzen and provide higher clocks, though of course 2nd-gen Ryzen chips will work in 300-series motherboards too. Other than enabling new motherboard designs, perhaps the most intriguing feature of the X470 is AMD's new StoreMI technology, which lets you combine multiple SSDs and conventional hard drives into a single virtual volume and automatically assign files based on their storage speed requirements. Many of last year's B350 and X370 motherboard will be compatible with the new Ryzen 2000 CPUs after a BIOS update.

With the launch so close, retail prices revealed, and specifications confirmed, there is just one thing left to ask yourself.

That's all we can talk about right now, you'll have to check back for our full review on April 19 for everything else you want to know about 2nd-gen Ryzen.

On the other hand, Intel's processors are not unlocked as standard, so you'll need to get yourself a "K" model process to be able to overclock.

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