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2nd generation AMD Ryzen desktop processors now available to pre-order

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AMD has revealed today that the pre-orders for the 2nd generation AMD Ryzen desktop processors are now available along with their specifications.

What's also interesting, is that all processors across this range will now come with their AMD Wraith coolers, which are supposed to be quieter and offer better thermal performance and airflow over their earlier coolers. I can certainly attest to how terrible the coolers were on the FX series, extremely noisy and not amazing at actually keeping them cool, so this is a good move by AMD.

Here's the specifications and models that will be on offer from the information AMD just email us:

  • Ryzen 7 2700X with 8 cores 16 threads, a 3.7 GHz base speed with a 4.3 GHz boost, a 20MB "Smart Prefetch Cache" with a 105W TDP plus the Wraith Prism (LED) cooler. It will be priced around $329.
  • Ryzen 7 2700 also has 8 cores 16 threads, a 3.2 GHz base speed with a 4.1 GHz boost, a 20MB "Smart Prefetch Cache" with a 65W TDP plus the Wraith Spire (LED) cooler. It will be priced around $299.
  • Ryzen 5 2600X with 6 cores and 12 threads, a 3.6 GHz base speed with a 4.2 GHz boost, a 19MB "Smart Prefetch Cache" with a 95W TDP plus the Wraith Spire cooler. It will be priced around $229.
  • Ryzen 5 2600 also has 6 cores and 12 threads, a 3.4 GHz base speed with a 3.9 GHz boost, a 19MB "Smart Prefetch Cache" with a 65W TDP plus the Wraith Stealth cooler. The cheapest at around $199.

They will be using the new X470 chipset, so new motherboards will be launching alongside these new processors. AMD said in their press email that existing 300-series motherboards will also be compatible with a BIOS update. Some of the older series motherboards come shipped with this update, so look out for "Ryzen Desktop 2000 Ready" if you're not waiting on the X470 chipset.

It's quite likely my next CPU will be AMD, considering the price along with the many cores they're a damn good option now. It's going to be interesting to see how they perform on Linux.

Look to your favourite online store for the pre-order, if that's your thing. General availablity is expected around April 19th.

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Feist 13 April 2018 at 2:44 pm UTC
I considered waiting for this, when I bought my Ryzen a few weeks ago. However, everything I read suggested that improvements and performance boosts would not be very significant.

So, I figured that I might as well buy a "zen-cpu", skip the "zen+" generation and then look at possibly upgrading to a "zen2" cpu in 2019 or 2020.


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ajgp 13 April 2018 at 2:54 pm UTC
FeistI considered waiting for this, when I bought my Ryzen a few weeks ago. However, everything I read suggested that improvements and performance boosts would not be very significant.

So, I figured that I might as well buy a "zen-cpu", skip the "zen+" generation and then look at possibly upgrading to a "zen2" cpu in 2019 or 2020.

These all are SKU'd to sound as if they are Zen 2 what with the 2700X name instead of 1700X etc; i would have though a Zen+ mid gen refresh would be say 1750X or something like that. SO im confused as to if this is Zen+ or Zen2
Shmerl 13 April 2018 at 2:56 pm UTC
I hope they fixed this mess: https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=196683

It would be the main reason for me to switch from Ryzen 7 1700X to 2700X.


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Arehandoro 13 April 2018 at 2:56 pm UTC
Could someone please explain me in plain English why the difference in W from the normal models to the X ones? From my ignorant point of view 30/40 extra Watios per model to get an extra boost of 0.2Ghz doesn't make sense at all, specially in the bill, unless there is something else to them?
Shmerl 13 April 2018 at 2:58 pm UTC
ArehandoroCould someone please explain me in plain English why the difference in W from the normal models to the X ones?

I think X ones come with higher frequency by default, and also they have more room for overclocking itself. There might be more differences.


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Shmerl 13 April 2018 at 3:00 pm UTC
ajgpSo im confused as to if this is Zen+ or Zen2

Zen+ is Ryzen 2. Zen 2 is going to be in the future. It is rather confusing.
Arehandoro 13 April 2018 at 3:08 pm UTC
Shmerl
ArehandoroCould someone please explain me in plain English why the difference in W from the normal models to the X ones?

I think X ones come with higher frequency by default, and also they have more room for overclocking itself. There might be more differences.

I see, thanks
cRaZy-bisCuiT 13 April 2018 at 4:06 pm UTC
So this is still NOT on 7 nm? Will the next GPUs be? When will we get Raven Ridge 7 nm GPU + CPU? Waiting for this, I guess I won't need my RX 480 then anymore, even though I might lack a bit of performance.
Shmerl 13 April 2018 at 4:08 pm UTC
This is CPU, and it's using 12nm.


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Avehicle7887 13 April 2018 at 4:51 pm UTC
I'm very happy with 1700X so I'm set for a few more years to come. For this release I'm looking at that Wraith Prism Cooler, it shall replace the ugly Coolermaster block I got last year.
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