The pre-orders for the AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen processors have gone live. The next generation Ryzen processors boast many new features, but the star of the show is the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X. This CPU is supposed to be offering the highest multiprocessing performance in the mainstream CPU market.

The 2nd Gen Ryzen processors are bundled with the AMD Wraith Prism cooler. This new heatsink is packed with every Ryzen 7 2nd Gen processor, and offers RGB LED control (cos LED is king).

AMD claims that the Ryzen 2nd Gen processors are the ultimate processor for gamers, creators and enthusiasts, supporting 16 threads, and featuring 8 cores. This results in the fastest multi-threaded performance in the consumer CPU space.

AMD Ryzen 2nd genThe older Ryzen processors hit a wall at 4 Ghz while overclocking. The 2nd Gen Ryzen processors come with the Precision Boost 2. As per AMD, Precision boost 2 allows higher boost clocks upto 4 Ghz, while overclockers should easily hit the 5 Ghz mark.

As for the chipsets, the new Ryzen CPUs will require a brand new chipset. The X470 motherboards are needed for the 2nd Gen Ryzen chips. The X470 chipset packs the new AMD StoreMI technology, combining the speed of SSDs with a standard hard disk. We aren’t sure how this new hybrid storage will function, but we’ll be sure to cover it as soon as possible.

AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen Processor Specs:

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Processor

  • Discrete graphics card required
  • CPU Cores/Processing Threads: 8/16
  • Max Boost/Base Clock: 4.3/3.7GHz
  • Thermal Solution: Wraith Prism w/RGB LED
  • Default TDP/TDP: 105W
  • Price: 329 USD

AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Processor

  • Discrete graphics card required
  • CPU Cores/Processing Threads: 8/16
  • Max Boost/Base Clock: 4.1/3.2GHz
  • Thermal Solution: Wraith Spire w/RGB LED
  • Default TDP/TDP: 65W

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Processor

  • Discrete graphics card required
  • CPU Cores/Processing Threads: 6/12
  • Max Boost/Base Clock: 4.2/3.6GHz
  • Thermal Solution: Wraith Spire
  • Default TDP/TDP: 95W

AMD Ryzen™ 5 2600 Processor

  • Discrete graphics card required
  • CPU Cores/Processing Threads: 6/12
  • Max Boost/Base Clock: 3.9/3.4GHz
  • Thermal Solution: Wraith Stealth
  • Default TDP/TDP: 65W

It’s interesting to note that while all Ryzen 7 CPUs come with a Wraith cooler, none of the  Ryzen 2nd Gen processors have integrated graphics. This pretty much limits their use in offices and official institutions, where budgetary constraints limit the use of a discrete GPU. However, AMD is aiming it’s new chips towards gamers, content creators and enthusiasts.

The minimum core count is 6 for Ryzen 2nd Gen chips (and 12 threads). AMD probably will probably skip the lower parts for this generation, given the first gen Ryzen CPUs weren’t launched so long ago. The X versions of the CPUs seemed to be designed for overclockers, and that would also just the 50% extra TDP over the regular ones. The Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 both have a default TDP of 65W, while their X parts draw 105 and 95W respectively, by default.

These Ryzen 2nd Gen chips are supposed to face off the 8th Gen Intel Kaby Lake CPUs, launched a short while ago. We’ll have a comparison of the closest performing chips as soon as possible. Check back in a week or so.

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