AMD officially introduced the second generation of Ryzen processors. AMD increased frequencies for a new chipset, as well as technology for accelerating AMD StoreMI drives. At the start of sales, the AMD will include four new models: two eight-core – Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 7 2700, and a pair of six-core – Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 5 2600.
Ryzen 5/7 2xxx will be the first processors to be manufactured using a 12-nanometer process technology, and it will gonna use the improved Zen + architecture.
The model Ryzen 7 2700X will gonna receive 3.7 / 4.3 (in Turbo Core) GHz frequencies, while the same version of the previous generation Ryzen 7 1700X had more modest 3.4 / 3.8 GHz. Even the flagship model Ryzen 7 1800X of the previous generation could not boast such indicators. The frequencies of the older model were 3.6 / 4.0 GHz.
“At the request of users”, AMD decided to bundle all the new generation processors with the regular air cooling systems Wraith. However, their type will depend on the particular processor model. For example, the model Ryzen 7 2700X will be supplied with the new Wraith Prism, the Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600X models will receive Wraith Spire, and the Ryzen 5 2600 will be offered with a simpler cooler system Wraith Stealth.
The new processors will work on the Socket AM4 platform maintaining compatibility with the already offered motherboards on the market, although to update the new chips users will gonna have to update the BIOS. In addition, AMD has announced a new chipset AMD X470, which promises expanded opportunities and the potential of Pinnacle Ridge processors.
In addition to the new processors, AMD also announced a new technology AMD StoreMI, which apparently will allow caching data on the SSD to speed up boot from hard drives.
The manufacturer has already announced the prices of new chips. The recommended price for Ryzen 7 2700X – $329, Ryzen 7 2700 – $299, Ryzen 5 2600X will be $229, and for Ryzen 5 2,600 AMD wants $199. Sales gonna start on April 19.