With last year's Ryzen processors, AMD made a grand re-entry into the world of high-performance desktop computing. Now its improving on those designs with its second-generation Ryzen chips, which are a bit faster and more efficient. And, due to fan demand, AMD is also throwing in free "Wraith" coolers with every CPU. The big takeaway this year: AMD is in an even better place to compete with Intel.
The highest end Ryzen model is the eight-core Ryzen 7 2700X, which replaces the 1800X and 1700X from last year (honestly they weren't that different). With a base clock of 3.7GHz, and a boost speed of 4.3Ghz, it's faster than the 1800X, which ran between 3.6Ghz and 4Ghz. The new chip is also a much better deal at $329, compared with the $399 and $499 launch prices of the 1700X and 1800X. In comparison, Intel's six-core i7-8700K sells for around $350.
At the more affordable end, there's the six-core Ryzen 5 2600, which will go for $199. It's clocked between 3.4Ghz and 3.9GHz, and it should be a solid competitor to Intel's similarly priced Core i5-8500. The new chips are built on AMD's 12 nanometer Zen+ architecture, so you can think of them as a slight upgrade over last year's models. Its true platform followup, Zen 2, is expected to debut next year.
|MODEL||CORES||THREADS||CLOCK SPEED MAX BOOST/ BASE (GHZ)||SMART PREFETCH CACHE||TDP||COOLER||SEP (USD)|
|Ryzen™ 7 2700X||
|16||4.3/3.7||20MB||105W||Wraith Prism (LED)||$329|
|Ryzen™ 7 2700||8||16||4.1/3.2||20MB||65W||Wraith Spire (LED)||$299|
|Ryzen™ 5 2600X||6||12||4.2/3.6||19MB||95W||Wraith Spire||$229|
|Ryzen™ 5 2600||6||12||3.9/3.4||19MB||65W||Wraith Stealth||$199|
AMD is keeping full details about the new Zen chips under wraps until their April 19th launch. But it did reveal a few tidbits: They'll run on its new X470 AM4 chipset, and they'll support its StoreMI technology, which can speed up disk performance by linking together SSDs, traditional hard disks and RAM.