AMD Ryzen 2 launch: Release date, price and specs

  • AMD Ryzen 2 launch: Release date, price and specs

AMD Ryzen 2 launch: Release date, price and specs

Four models have been announced, two Ryzen 5 and two Ryzen 7, all of which are available for pre-order now and go on sale April 19. While we can't talk about performance numbers or anything aside from a surface-level overview just yet, we do have information on the processor specifications and prices to share.

With eight cores, 16 threads, and an included cooling system, among other improvements, AMD's second-generation Ryzen 7 2700X ($329) desktop CPU is a small but important update to the Ryzen chips introduced past year. You'll find out more about IPC improvements and overclocking on April 19, though you can already see these processors have higher clocks than their predecessors. The Ryzen 7 2700X is a 105W TDP part, the Ryzen 5 2600X draws 95W, and the Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600 are both 65W chips. All of the new processors use a 12nm process and based on the new Zen+ architecture.

While you could build a very capable system with the Ryzen 7 2700X's default clock speed and stock cooler, one of the benefits of going with AMD over Intel is that the entire lineup is overclockable, so you can always get the maximum amount of power that your build allows if you're willing to tinker and troubleshoot. It's priced at $329. It comes with the Wraith Spire cooler and is set to retail for $299 excluding taxes or £259.99 including VAT for the UK.

The 2700 also has the 8/16 core/thread count and the same amount of cache but has lower 3.2GHz/4.1GHz base/boost clock speed and a lower 65W TDP.

The 2600X is a 6 core 12 thread part with 19MB combined cache, 3.6GHz base and 4.2GHz boost clock speed. The CPU has a base clock of 3.2 GHz and a boost clock of 4.1 GHz. Frequencies here sit at 3.4GHz/3.9GHz, and this $199 excluding taxes CPU comes with the Wraith Stealth cooler.

As for the X470 platform, which AMD has also unveiled today, we'll be seeing a massive range of new motherboards hit the market that support the new chipset. Fortunately, you can still use the new CPU with the older AMD chipsets from past year and the older CPU can run with the new X470 boards.

The new X470 motherboards will be backward compatible with current AM4 processors. You can grab the 2700X at Amazon and there are