Ryzen 2: AMD has lifted the lid on its second-generation Ryzen CPUs – and boy, do they look cool. Get all the details on Ryzen 2, including the CPUs specs, price and release date below.
Ryzen 2 specs
AMD has unveiled four new Ryzen 2 CPUs at a press event in London. The CPUs are the second generation of chips to use AMD’s Zen architecture.
Zen was a game-changing architecture when it launched last year. The CPU architecture was a direct challenge to Intel’s lineup, offering buyers improved multi-threading performance, excellent overclockability and a very reasonable price tag.
The Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 2700 are the top CPUs in AMD’s new lineup, sitting above the mid-range Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 2600.
Currently, there’s no word on updates to the company’s Ryzen 3, cheaper G-series or top-end ThreadRipper CPUs, although AMD has confirmed plans to release updates throughout the year.
The company is also yet to reveal all the details about the new CPUs, including performance estimates/benchmark data.
What we do know is that the CPUs use an improved “Zen+” version of the Zen architecture seen on the original Ryzen CPUs. The architecture has an upgraded 12nm nanometre (nm) FinFET manufacturing process that’s a step up on the previous gen’s 14nm process.
The upgraded Zen+ architecture will offer a variety of improvements on last year’s chips. These includes improved power infrastructure for higher clock speeds across the board.
The new architecture also features an improved version of AMD’s suite of StoreMI technologies. The tech includes an intelligent storage management feature, similar to Intel’s Optane, which aims to optimise performance to let HDD’s offer “SSD-like” speeds.”
From the specs we’ve seen, the second-gen Ryzen 7 CPUs maintain the multi-threading lead over competing 8th-gen Intel chips, featuring eight – as opposed to six – cores and double the number of threads.
This means the Ryzen 2 CPUs should continue to be the better choice for people who regularly run creative processes such as 3D modelling and video editing – although we can’t confirm this until we’ve had a chance to thoroughly benchmark the CPUs. Also, this could change later in the year if the rumours about Intel’s “Canon Lake” CPUs turn out to be true.
You can see how the Ryzen 7 CPUs compare to last year’s models and Intel’s current flagship Core i7 in the table below.
Ryzen 7 specs
|CPU||Ryzen 7 2700X||Ryzen 7 2700||Ryzen 7 1800X||Ryzen 7 1700X||Intel i7 8700k|
|Base clock speed (GHz)||3.7||3.2||3.6||3.4||3.7|
|Boost clock speed (GHz||4.3||4.1||4||3.8||4.3/4.7|
As an added bonus, AMD has also confirmed plans to bundle a new and improved Wraith PRISM cooler in box with Ryzen 7 2700X. The company hasn’t revealed the coolers specs, aside from the fact that it will have shiny LED lights all over it.
The second-generation Ryzen 5 CPUs have had a similar refresh. You can see how they compare to last year’s models and Intel’s top-end i5 in the table below.
Ryzen 5 specs
|CPU||Ryzen 5 2600X||Ryzen 5 2600||Ryzen 5 1600X||Ryzen 5 1600||Intel i5 8600k|
|Base clock speed (GHz)||3.7||3.2||3.6||3.2||3.6|
|Boost clock speed (GHz||4.3||4.1||4||3.6||4.1/4.3|
Ryzen 2 motherboards
The CPUs will see the launch of new line of x470 motherboards, too. The boards are based on the same AM4 socket as Ryzen generation one, but will reportedly offer a number of improvements over their x370 predecessors. Exact details about the new boards haven’t been revealed yet.
Ryzen 2 release date
The new Ryzen CPUs are available for pre-order now and will go on general sale from 19 April.
Ryzen 2 price
AMD hasn’t confirmed UK pricing for the Ryzen 2 CPUs, but if the US RRP is anything to go by, the chips will be competitively priced. You can see a full breakdown of the prices below.
- Ryzen 7 2700X – $329
- Ryzen 7 2700 – $299
- Ryzen 5 2600X – $229
- Ryzen 5 2600 – $199