AMD’s 2nd Gen Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X are the freshest in AMD’s line-up. The 2700X and 2600X follow the introduction of the Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics chips that were released earlier this year.
The 2nd Gen Ryzen chips, codenamed Pinnacle Ridge, boasts more performance, more features, and on a smarter platform, all while being cheaper than the competing Intel i7 8700K and i5 8600K.
The top of the line 8-core, 16-thread 2700X comes from the factory with a base clock of 3.7GHz that boosts up to 4.3GHz. With 20MB of cache and a 105W TDP, the 2700X is the daddy of the 2nd Gen Ryzen range.
The slightly lesser 6-core, 12-thread 2600X has a base clock of 3.6GHz that boosts to 4.2GHz. But 19MB of cache, 95W TDP, and most importantly, the lower price means that the 2600X will still be a popular choice with enthusiasts.
AMD’s new Zen+ architecture in the 2nd Gen chips allows for better L1, L2, and L3 cache latency and memory latency when compared to the previous Zen architecture. A new 12nm process also brings improved transistor performance and lower power draw than its predecessor.
In testing, AMD’s new chips outperformed its competitors in multithreaded CPU benches like Cinebench.
Performance in games were also ‘virtually identical’ when compared to Intel’s 8700K and 8600K, meaning that the lower price point of AMD’s chips offers better value over Intel’s (See the benchmarks below).
All 2nd Gen Ryzen chips come with an AMD Wraith cooler in the box. Along with the soldered IHS, die temps have been reduced by over 10°C according to AMD. The 2700X comes with the Prism, the 2600X and 2700 come with the Spire, and the 2600 comes with the Stealth. Only the 2700X and 2700 coolers possess the all-important RGB though.
2nd Gen Ryzen chips are also multiplier unlocked which means you can overclock your fancy new chips till they catch fire. The new Ryzen Master 1.3 software also gives you more information such as detecting your fastest core, socket power capacity, and VRM capacity. It also enables per-CCX overclocking with a built-in stability tester.
AMD’s AM4 platform is planned to be kept in production and supported until 2020 which means backwards and forwards compatibility with all AM4 chips. This means that users with a 1st Gen Ryzen chip or a Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics chip, or even a 7th Gen A-series/Athlon chip can upgrade to 2nd Gen Ryzen and still use the same board.
However, AMD has also launched their new X470 Chipset which also introduces a whole host of new motherboards. The X470 platform also allows for better overclocking capability on 2nd Gen Ryzen chips. AMD has also introduced their AMD StoreMI Technology which is in essence fusing your SSD, HDD, and memory cache to enable the fastest possible access speeds. We’ll cover this technology more in detail in a future article.
Conclusion and Pricing
The 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs are extremely good value for money with identical if not better performance than their Intel counterparts. The clear upgrade path provided by the AM4 chipset also means your CPU can be swapped out easily when it gets outdated.
The chips are available now from retailers at an MSRP of SGD$485 for the Ryzen 7 2700X and SGD$335 for the Ryzen 5 2600X.