AMD Debuts 2nd Generation Ryzen 7 & 5 CPUs – Pre-Order Now

Posted by at 10:44 am on April 13, 2018

AMD has announced that its second-generation Ryzen 7 and 5 processors, known as either the Pinnacle Ridge or the 2000-series, mathare available now for pre-order ahead of general availability on April 19.

GlobalFoundries process, which is a shrink of the 14nm LPP node used on the current-gen Summit Ridge processors. AMD will  outfit its entire lineup of desktop chips with the new process over time.

AMD is announcing four new unlocked SKUs that include two Ryzen 7 models and two Ryzen 5 models. The Ryzen 7 2700 processors both come with eight cores and 16 threads, while the Ryzen 5 2600 processors come with six cores and 12 threads.

The Ryzen 7 2700X’s naming suggests it is a refreshed Ryzen 7 1700X, but it appears on the performance side to be a replacement for the 1800X. It sports a much higher base and boost frequencies. The 2700X gains an extra 100 MHz of base clock speed and 300 MHz in boost performance compared to the Ryzen 7 1800X, but it comes at the expense of a 10W increase in TDP. Interestingly, the Ryzen 5 2600X has the same base frequency as the Ryzen 5 1600X, but it comes with a 200 MHz higher boost.

The $329 Ryzen 7 2700X retails for $20 less than the 1800X, while the $299 Ryzen 7 2700 lands at the same price point as the 1700. The Ryzen 5 models come at a $10 higher compared to the Ryzen 5 1600X and 1600.

The Summit Ridge Ryzen X-series processors came without bundled coolers, but AMD includes one with every new Pinnacle Ridge SKU. The Ryzen 7 models come with LED-equipped models.

These processors trading blows with many of the same Intel competitors as their predecessors.

The X470 chipset is the best choice for the new processors, though. The 400-series chipsets should be less expensive than 300-series boards. The motherboards should offer lower power consumption, multi-hub USB throughput, improved power delivery, and improvements to the memory layout to support much higher memory overclocking performance. AMD’s Ryzen processors benefit greatly from increased memory frequencies because the Infinity Fabric runs at the same speed as the system memory. That boosts performance in memory-sensitive applications, like gaming.

AMD also pairs the higher clock speeds with the new Precision Boost 2. Precision Boost 2 is a DVFS (Dynamic Voltage Frequency Scaling) implementation designed to improve performance in multi-threaded workloads by operating on up to eight threads. AMD’s current-gen Ryzen processors only offer dual-core or all-core boost frequencies. Precision Boost 2 should help the Pinnacle Ridge processors extend the benefit of Ryzen’s already-strong threaded performance to a wider variety of workloads.

AMD hasn’t provided any performance projections ahead of the official launch. So We will need to wait for them to share there results and/or get the chips in our hands for testing.


  Ryzen 7 2700X Ryzen 7 2700 Ryzen 5 2600X Ryzen 5 2600 Ryzen 7 1800X Ryzen 5 1600X
Ryzen 5 1600
Ryzen 7 1700X
Ryzen 7 1700
$329 $299 $229 $199 $349 $219 $189 $309 $299
1331 1331 1331 1331 1331 1331 1331 1331 1331
12nm LP GloFo 12nm LP GloFo 12nm LP GloFo 12nm LP GloFo 14nm LPP GloFo 14nm LPP GloFo 14nm LPP GloFo 14nm LPP GloFo 14nm LPP GloFo
8/16 8/16 6/12 6/12 8/16 6/12 6/12 8/16 8/16
105W 65W 95W 65W 95W 95W 65W 95W 65W
Base Freq. GHz
3.7 3.2 3.6 3.4 3.6 3.6 3.2 3.4 3.0
All-Core Precision Boost
? ? ? ? 3.7 3.7 3.3 3.5 3.1
Precision Boost Freq (dual core)
4.3 4.1 4.2 3.9 4.0 4.0 3.6 3.8 3.7
XFR Frequency GHz
? ? ? ? 4.1 4.0 3.7 3.9 3.8
Cache (L3)
16MB 16MB 16MB 16MB 16MB 16MB 16MB 16MB 16MB
Unlocked Multiplier
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cooler ?W Wraith Prism (LED) 95W Wraith Spire (LED) 95W Wraith Spire 65W Wraith Stealth 95W Wraith Spire 95W Wraith Spire (LED)

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