The wait is almost over for Ryzen fans. The pre-orders for the latest AMD Ryzen 2 CPUs and X470 motherboards are now available on Amazon and Newegg. The processors are set to launch on April 19 with the motherboards arriving a day earlier on 18th of this month.
The second-generation Ryzen family is based on the brand-new 12nm process node resulting in higher frequencies and lower power consumption. AMD is expecting a performance boost of up to 10% with the die shrink alone. In addition, memory speeds and latencies have also got better.
AMD’s 12nm Ryzen 2000 Series CPUs are Faster and Cheaper
AMD Ryzen 2 lineup includes four new processors: the Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 5 2600. The Ryzen 7 2800X won’t be part of the initial launch, which means the 2700X will be the company’s next flagship socket AM4 processor. The specification and pricing details of these chips are as below.
The top-end Ryzen 7 2700X is an 8-core, 16-thread chip. It has a core clock of 3.7GHz and boosts up to 4.35GHz, becoming the fastest AMD CPU to date. The TDP is rated at 105W which is higher than 95W on the last-gen part, but it’s worth it considering the higher clock speeds in return.
Further, the 2700X supports 20MB of cache, 16 PCIe lanes and 2933 MHz DDR4 memory. It will come bundled with AMD’s Wraith Prism cooler for an MSRP of $329 US.
The Ryzen 7 2700 is another 8-core, 16-thread chip, but with a friendly TDP of 65W. It runs at a base clock of 3.2GHz up to 4.1GHz boost. Other specs remain the same as the 2700X. The chip ships with the LED version of AMD’s Wraith Spire cooler for a price of $299.
Next up, we have the Ryzen 5 2600X which rocks 6 cores and 12 threads. The chip is clocked at 3.6GHz base and 4.25GHz boost clocks. It also packs 19MB of cache and 16 PCIe lanes, with a TDP of 95W. Bundled with the Wraith Spire cooler, the 2600X costs $229.
Like the Ryzen 7 2700, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 comes with the same set of specs as its elder sibling, the 2600X, except for the TDP and clock speeds. The TDP is rated at 65W that allows for a 3.4GHz base and 3.9GHz boost clocks. The chip comes bundled with a Wraith Stealth cooler and costs just $199.
The AMD Ryzen 2 launch will be accompanied by a slew of X470 chipset motherboards. These new mobos are designed specifically for Ryzen 2000 series processors, though they are not a necessary purchase, thanks to AMD’s extended AM4 support.
The high-end X470 platform introduces new features such as Precision Boost 2 and XFR 2 for maximum Ryzen performance. You’ll also benefit from the improved power delivery as well as the new StoreMI technology, which allows an SSD to be used as a cache for a traditional hard drive.
New X470 mobos from all major players, including ASUS, ASRock, Gigabyte and MSI are now up for pre-orders.