AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen Processors: Everything you need to know

AMD launches 2nd-gen Ryzen: $199 to $329, available April 19, pre-orders today

2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Desktop Processor To Be Available From 19 April Onwards Globally

Here's the details on the other three parts going up today: the Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, and Ryzen 5 2600.

Today, AMD peeled back the curtain and began sharing information on its 2nd Gen Ryzen processors, bringing along refined architecture, some improved features and the new X470 motherboard chipset. We don't know for sure, since we haven't yet tested the new CPU at PC Labs.

With eight cores, 16 threads, and an included cooling system, among other improvements, AMD's second-generation Ryzen 7 2700X ($329) desktop CPU is a small but important update to the Ryzen chips introduced a year ago.

"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". You'll find out more about IPC improvements and overclocking on April 19, though you can already see these processors have higher clocks than their predecessors. All of the new processors use a 12nm process and based on the new Zen+ architecture. The TDP is 105W. It's priced at $329. 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.

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The flagship X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is definitely the cream of the crop when it comes to MSI's offer, coming with all the bells and whistles including some of those MSI-exclusive features like the DDR4 Boost, Steel Armor, Mystic Light RGB, as well as Intel Gigabit LAN, two M.2 slots, eight SATA ports, and more. AMD is also selling a Ryzen 7 2700 with identical specs except for a slightly lower 3.2GHz clock speed for $299. AMD claims that the Wraith Prism LED is more powerful than standard stock coolers, and is calling this a $50-60 value (approximately Rs. 3,200 - 3,900). Both Ryzen 5 2nd gen processors also feature higher clock speeds, with the 2600X boosting up to 4.2GHz off a 3.6GHz base. It comes with the basic Wraith Stealth cooler and is priced at $199.

Not to be excluded from the AMD X470 paper launch party, MSI announced that it too will be offering a new lineup of motherboards, revealing five different models.

Ryzen brought a breath of fresh air to the CPU market previous year, and AMD is hoping to keep the pressure on in 2018. This article will focus on some of the new X470 motherboards hitting the market, including ASUS's ROG, Prime and TUF Gaming series. For customers eagerly waiting for 2nd gen Ryzen desktop processors, etailers around the world have begun taking pre-orders.

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