AMD has released the next generation of its extremely popular Ryzen processors. While the new CPUs might not be a major upgrade in terms of architectural design, the new Zen+ offers more frequency and boost clocks, along with better cache latency and power management. The incremental upgrade also offers technology such as Precision Boost 2 and XFR2 which implement more dynamic techniques for achieving higher boost clocks.
AMD Ryzen 2nd-gen CPUs: Models, Price in India
Ryzen 7 2700X: This is an 8-core CPU with 16 threads. It has a 3.7GHz base clock that turbos up to 4.3GHz. The CPU has 20MB of ‘Smart prefetch’ cache and is rated for 105W TDP. This comes with a Wraith Prism (LED) cooler and is priced around Rs. 29,490.
Ryzen 7 2700: This is an 8-core CPU with 16 threads. It has a 3.2GHz base clock that turbos up to 4.1GHz. The CPU has 20MB of ‘Smart prefetch’ cache and is rated for 65W TDP. This comes with a Wraith Spire (LED) cooler and is priced around Rs. 24,180.
Ryzen 5 2600X: This is a 6-core CPU with 12 threads. It has a 3.6GHz base clock that turbos up to 4.2GHz. The CPU has 19MB of ‘Smart prefetch’ cache and is rated for 95W TDP. This comes with a Wraith Spire cooler and is priced around Rs. 18,870.
Ryzen 5 2600: This is a 6-core CPU with 12 threads. It has a 3.4GHz base clock that turbos up to 3.9GHz. The CPU has 19MB of ‘Smart prefetch’ cache and is rated for 65W TDP. This comes with a Wraith Stealth cooler and is priced around Rs. 15,330.
The prices of the Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600 CPUs are pretty much the same as what was reported in last month’s leak. On the other hand, the prices of Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X are actually lower. AMD’s Indian partner retailer, Vedant Computers, currently has these processors for sale on its website. As of writing, it isn’t certain exactly when these CPUs will be available for purchase from other well-known online or offline retailers in India such as Amazon and Flipkart.
By including wraith coolers with every single 2nd generation Ryzen CPU, AMD has mitigated the need of getting a third party cooler for most consumers. Unless you are planning on extreme overclocking, the wraith coolers are more than enough for regular use cases while still providing some room for slight overclocking. You will need to get one of the latest X470 motherboards if you do plan to go that route, and thankfully, all major players including ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI are already providing these boards. Existing 300-series motherboards are capable of running the new Zen+ CPUs, but most will require firmware updates.
The improvements provided by the latest 12-nanometer Zen+ architecture include improved memory and cache latency, higher clockspeeds, better overclocking, better performance, and reduced power consumption. Two core features of the AMD SensMI have also been updated. The processors now have Precision Boost 2 with an updated algorithm to allow CPU cores to hit higher frequencies more often during use. And we have Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR2) that now works across all CPU cored to allow for frequencies much higher than Precision Boost limits to be hit as long as you can provide adequate cooling.
AMD Ryzen 2nd-gen CPUs: Performance
All the new upgrades lead to an admirable bump in performance when compared to previous generation Ryzen CPU variants, as well as competing CPUs from Intel. The 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs might have similar gaming performance when pitted against their rivalling counterparts, but it is in multithreaded workload where they absolutely shine. While the new CPUs might share the same incremental improvement from its predecessors the way Intel’s Coffee Lake marginally improved upon Kaby Lake, the price to performance upgrade is well worth it.