Following the launch of the Ryzen series of processors last year, AMD has made some incredible strides forward into the high end processor market. The launch of the Ryzen 2 sees the continuation of this trend as AMD gains further ground on Intel, and releases a chip that might even knock the Intel i7 8700k off it’s throne as the king of consumer processors.
Global pre-orders are now available for the new chips, today on 13 April, with on-shelf availability coming on the 19 April next week.
Specifications and features
The 2nd generation Ryzen series will feature the following four processors:
Ryzen 7 2700X will feature 8 cores / 16 threads, with a clock speed of 4.3/3.7 Ghz (boost/base) and 20MB of Smart Prefetch Cache.
Ryzen 7 2700 will feature 8 cores / 16 threads, with a clock speed of 4.1/3.2 Ghz (boost/base) and 20MB of Smart Prefetch Cache.
Ryzen 5 2600X will feature 6 cores / 12 threads, with a clock speed of 4.2/3.6 Ghz (boost/base) and 19MB of Smart Prefetch Cache.
Ryzen 5 2600 will feature 6 cores / 12 threads, with a clock speed of 3.9/3.4 Ghz (boost/base) and 19MB of Smart Prefetch Cache.
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The RRP for each model will be as follows:
Ryzen 7 2700X at £299 / $329
Ryzen7 2700 at £259 / $299.
Ryzen 5 2600X at £209 / $229.
Ryzen 5 2600 at £169 / $199.
Along with having excellent performance, at an extremely competitive price, the second generation Ryzen processors will also come bundled with an extremely powerful AMD Wrath cooler, which will put many after market coolers to shame.
When you consider the price point at which these processors are entering the market, their performance and the additional of a highly competent cooler – this is going to cause some major disruption for Intel. For the first time in a while, AMD has draw level with Intel’s current processor product offering, while also remaining at a lower price.
AMD making overclocking as accessible as possible
It’s important to keep in mind that AMD keeps all of their processors ‘unlocked’, which means all of them are available for overclocking to gain that extra level of performance. With a very competent cooler that comes with the CPU as standard, and the inclusion of their latest overclocking software that makes the process as user-friendly as possible, it certainly looks like AMD are trying to bring overclocking out of the enthusiast realm into more of a mainstream arena.
On the other hand, Intel’s processors are not unlocked as standard, so you’ll need to get yourself a ‘K’ model process to be able to overclock. These processors are more expensive than their identical counterparts apart from being unlocked, so you’re paying a premium just for the ability to overclock.
Combine this with the fact that you will need a very solid after market cooler to keep the temperature of your CPU under control, which can cost you up to £40/$50, ontop of the fact that you will be paying more money for the same level of performance with an Intel processor now thanks to the Ryzen 2’s highly competitive pricing… we’re struggling to find a reason why you wouldn’t pick up a Ryzen 2 over a Coffee Lake series from Intel.
Learn how to Overclock your AMD or Intel CPU with our guide here.
Ryzen 7 2700X vs Intel 8700k
The benchmarks that we’ve seen suggest that for programs that use a single core, the top offering from both AMD and Intel fall with a 1% performance difference of each other. So for operations such as gaming that favour fewer, faster cores over several, slower cores these processors will sit just about neck and neck.
This has historically always been a space where Intel has won out, as their individual cores were always more powerful in comparison. This advantage has waned considerably, down to essentially nothing at this point.
In multithread applications, such as video editing and rendering, the Ryzen 7 2700X sees around a 20% increase in speed over the 8700k. This is largely thanks to more cores as the 6 core / 12 thread 8700k will have a hard time keeping up with the raw power of the 8 core / 16 thread 2700X.
This level of difference is certainly not insignificant either. A 5 or even 10% difference between the two could be shrugged off, but a 20% lead is a substantial advantage for an offering that both comes with it’s own cooler, and even with that, is still a cheaper solution.
Check out our take on the constant struggle between AMD and Intel.
Our full review of the second generation Ryzen series will be up very shortly, where we will post our own findings on the new hardware. Untill then though, these chips are looking extremely promising and provide a great alternative to the consumer against Intel’s product line up.