Over the course of last year, AMD did some serious course correction with the release of its Ryzen line of processors, offering up its first real competition to Intel’s market-dominating power in years. But the underdog chip company isn’t stopping there. It has announced its second-generation Ryzen processors for desktops that look to improve on the previous generation and keep the momentum going for AMD’s comeback.
AMD isn’t announcing full details for the new Ryzen chips just yet — those will come on April 19th, the same day they launch — but the company is offering some information along with preorders, which open today.
There are four new second-generation Ryzen chips out next week: a pair of eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 models, and two six-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 chips. Leading the pack is the $329 Ryzen 7 2700X, clocked at 3.7GHz with a boost to 4.3GHz, along with the slightly cheaper and less powerful Ryzen 7 2700, which costs $299 and is clocked at 3.2GHz (with a boost to up to 4.1GHz).
For the Ryzen 5 models, there’s the Ryzen 5 2600X, which costs $229 and runs at 3.6GHz (with a boost to 4.2GHz) and the Ryzen 5 2600, which costs $199 is clocked at 3.4GHz, which can be boosted to 3.9GHz. All four processors come with an AMD Wraith cooling unit free in the box. That’s different from last year’s models, which only included them on higher-end chips, so it’s is a nice bonus.
AMD is sticking with its AM4 socket, which means that you’ll be able to slot the new Ryzen chips on your existing motherboard. The company has also announced a new AMD X470 chipset that will work with the new chips, adding a new AMD StoreMI feature that allows you to combine SSD storage with older hard drives into a single, faster, virtual disk.