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AMD Ryzen 2nd-gen is on its way

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AMD’s second-generation updates to its mainstream Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 desktop processors isn’t quite as dramatic as Intel’s recent eighth-generation mobile launch; in part, that’s because AMD been-there-done-that with multicore, such as the 8- and 6-core Ryzen 7 1700 and Ryzen 5 1600 series from last year last year. So its second-gen products replacing them feel transitional, eking slightly higher boost-clock speeds out of the move from the Zen 14nm process to the12nm Zen+ architecture, among other tech tweaks. The new chips use the same Socket AM4 as their predecessors, though AMD is releasing a new X470 chipset to take advantage of the higher clock speeds.

And to sweeten the deal, the chipset has AMD’s StoreMI disk-acceleration technology built in and the boxed processors will include an AMD Wraith-series CPU coolers.

They’re slated to ship April 19.

The lineup is as follows:

Second-gen Ryzen CPUs

CPU

Cores/Threads

Boost clock/base clock (GHz)

Total cache

TDP

Bundled fan system

Retail price

UK, AU directly converted prices

Ryzen 7 2700X Ryzen 7 2700 Ryzen 5 2600X Ryzen 5 2600
8/16 8/16 6/12 6/12
4.3/3.7 4.1/3.2 4.2/3.6 3.9/3.4
20MB 20MB 19MB 19MB
105W 65W 95W 65W
Wraith Prism (LED) Wraith Spire (LED) Wraith Spire Wraith Stealth
£329 £299 £229 £199
GBP232, AU£425 GBP210, AU£385 GBP160, AU£295 GBP140, AU£255

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