Ryzen

Today, April 13th, AMD has announced the full lineup of 2nd-generation Ryzen high-performance processors based on the new "Zen+" 12nm architecture, code-named "Pinnacle Ridge". The CPUs are available for pre-order, shipping April 19th, and The Tech Buyer's Guru is lucky enough to have two samples on the bench right now, which we're putting through the test suite for a full review, coming on launch day.

AMD really knocked one out of the park (and knocked Intel to the mat) last Spring when it released its first-gen Ryzen processors, which brought competition to the consumer CPU market for the first time since 2006. Now, AMD is setting itself up for another win by releasing new CPUs based on a refined architecture, at lower prices, and with better features. The full linup of the CPUs, including prices, is shown in the table below: 

Lineup

A few really important details to take note of here: first, these prices are far lower than AMD's already competitive first-gen products, especially among the eight-core processors. The Ryzen 7 2700X, for example, which replaces the Ryzen 7 1800X, comes in at $329, down from the $499 pricepoint that the 1800X launched at just over a year ago. Also impressive is that this bundled price includes the formidable Wraith Prism (LED) cooler, which we've pictured above. This cooler features addressable RGB lighting, a 95mm-tall stature, a copper base, and cooling capability equal to third-party downdraft coolers in the $35-$40 range. In other words, AMD has added a lot of value (and convenience) for enthusiasts who pick up this 2nd-gen product. Finally, the new X470 chipset that AMD is launching alongside these CPUs is a true next-gen product, offering more connectivity options than Intel's Z370 chipset, better RAM compatibility than AMD's previous-gen chipset, plus guaranteed compatibility with 2000-series CPUs. We have samples from Asus and MSI onhand for our review, shown in the photo above alongside our sample 2600X and 2700X processors and the Wraith Prism cooler.

Our full performance tests will be coming next week, but one last thing we want to leave you with from the table above are the Ryzen 2000-series clock speeds; the Ryzen 7 2700X actually matches the more expensive Intel Core i7-8700K in terms of both base and boost clocks, while doing so with two additional cores (the 8700K is a six-core model). While AMD hasn't quite caught up yet in terms of single-core performance (by its own admission), the total package is looking very promising!