AMD is hoping to continue the disruptive streak it began in the PC market past year by announcing the upcoming launch of its second-generation Ryzen desktop processors. They are not the only shop ready with pre-orders, NewEgg and others have them too. Preorders for all announced products will begin globally today, and they will actually go on sale on April 19. AMD is also selling a Ryzen 7 2700 with identical specs except for a slightly lower 3.2GHz clock speed for $299. 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. "Second generation Ryzen desktop processors take everything that made the original Ryzen so groundbreaking and makes it better - great performance combined with advanced technology to deliver an incredible experience for the most demanding users", said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD.
The top of the line 2700X has 8 cores and 16 threads, with 3.7GHz base clock and 4.3GHz boost clock speed. The retail price for it starts at $329 Dollars. While the Ryzen 5 2600X has base and turbo speeds of 3.6GHz and 4.2GHz with a 95W TDP, the Ryzen 5 2600 runs at speeds between 3.4GHz and 3.9GHz with a 65W TDP.
All four new CPUs use the same Socket AM4 interface as the first-gen Ryzen lineup and the recently launched Ryzen APUs. The Ryzen 5 2600X will be available for $229. What we know for sure is that the chips will run on its new X470 AM4 chipset, and they'll support its StoreMI technology. 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.
Ryzen 5 2600 at £169 / $199.
We also get some press deck information about the new generation processors and motherboards.
Below you'll see a grid of the various different models available right out the gate for this 2nd gen Ryzen desktop processor collection.
With the launch so close, retail prices revealed, and specifications confirmed, there is just one thing left to ask yourself. AMD slashed the price of the current generation processors, presumably in preparation for today, but even so, the 2000 series represents (on paper at least) terrific value. You are still getting more cores and threads as compared to what Intel has to offer.