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.