AMD unveils 2nd generation AMD Ryzen processors

AMD continues to pile the pressure on Intel, with prices range from $199 to $329.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor
​2nd generation AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

2nd generation AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

Today sees AMD take its Ryzen line of processors to the next level with the unveiling of the 2nd generation AMD Ryzen silicon.

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Four processors get an unveiling, two Ryzen 7 models, and another two from the Ryzen 5 line.

Ryzen 7 2700X

  • 8-core/16-threads
  • 4.3GHz max/3.7GHz base
  • 20MB cache
  • 105W TDP
  • Wraith Prism (LED)
  • $329

Ryzen 7 2700

  • 8-core/16-threads
  • 4.1GHz max/3.2GHz base
  • 20MB cache
  • 65W TDP
  • Wraith Spire (LED)
  • $299

Ryzen 5 2600X

  • 6-core/12-threads
  • 4.2GHz max/3.6GHz base
  • 19MB cache
  • 95W TDP
  • Wraith Spire
  • $229

Ryzen 5 2600

  • 6-core/12-threads
  • 3.9GHz max/3.4GHz base
  • 19MB cache
  • 65W TDP
  • Wraith Stealth
  • $199

First look: 2nd generation AMD Ryzen processors

Pre-orders for these processors begin today, with the silicon expected to be on the shelves April 19.

One nice feature of the 2nd generation Ryzen is the inclusion of a cooler with all processors (only selected processors from the 1st generation line shipped with a cooler).

​AMD Ryzen coolers

AMD Ryzen coolers

These new 2nd generation Ryzen chips not only bring more cores and more speed to the table, but also feature advanced AMD SenseMI technology, a set of sensing, adapting, and learning technologies built into Ryzen chips.

Motherboard support for the 2nd generation Ryzen chips comes in the form of the X470 chipset, will launch alongside the silicon, with boards available from all the big names, including ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI.

Existing 300-series motherboards will require a firmware update in order to be compatible with 2nd generation Ryzen chips, although 300-series boards that are labeled "Ryzen Desktop 2000 Ready" will already have that update installed.

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