2nd generation AMD Ryzen processors to be available from April 19 worldwide

2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Processors

Preorders for all announced products will begin globally today, and they will actually go on sale on April 19.

The top-end Ryzen model comes with eight-core Ryzen 7 2700X, which replaces the 1800X and 1700X which was used a year ago.

The 2nd gen processors are supported by the new AMD X470 chipset that comes with a free download of the new AMD StoreMI storage acceleration technology to combine the speed of an SSD with the capacity of a hard drive into a single, fast, easy-to-manage drive.

Essentially the new Ryzen processors are faster and cheaper than their predecessors, and the latter of those is particularly noteworthy.

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. The retail price for it starts at $329 United States dollars. While not obvious by the model number, this is actually meant to replace the Ryzen 7 1800X, which is clocked at 3.6GHz to 4GHz. Both Biostar's new motherboards are a part of the Racing series, so the ATX X470GT8 and the mini-ITX X470GTN come with all the usual features expected from the new AMD X470 chipset.

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. The price here comes in at $229.

Lastly, the 2600 has the same number of cores, threads and cache as the 2600X but 3.4GHz/3.9GHz base/boost clock speed and 65W TDP. They also come with AMD StoreMI technology included.

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.

Ryzen 5 2600 at £169 / $199. All Ryzen CPUs are compatible with all 300-series and 400-series chipsets, with older motherboards only needing a BIOS update.

With the launch so close, retail prices revealed, and specifications confirmed, there is just one thing left to ask yourself.

That's all we can talk about right now, you'll have to check back for our full review on April 19 for everything else you want to know about 2nd-gen Ryzen. The flagship offers are obviously the X470 Taichi Ultimate and the X470 Fatal1ty Gaming K4 motherboards, although all of them come with ASRock's new Polychrome RGB lighting, up to eight SATA 6Gbps ports, up to two M.2 ports, Intel Gigabit Ethernet and more.



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