Thursday, April 19th 2018

AMD Announces Availability of 2nd Generation Ryzen "Pinnacle Ridge" Processors

AMD today announced the global availability of its 2nd Generation Ryzen Desktop processors, starting with four models optimized for gamers, creators, and hardware enthusiasts: Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, and Ryzen 5 2600 processors. Using the world's first 12 nm process technology, these 2nd Gen Ryzen processors can offer up to 15% higher gaming performance than 1st Gen Ryzen processors, while delivering the highest multiprocessing performance you can get on a mainstream desktop PC, and enhanced capabilities including Precision Boost 2 and Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2), an included Wraith Cooler, unlocked performance accessed with the new Ryzen Master Utility, and more.

"Last year we started changing the PC industry with the introduction of our first wave of Ryzen processors - delivering more performance, features, and choice to our customers than before. Our 2nd Gen Ryzen CPUs continue this pursuit by raising the standards for enthusiast gamers and creators," said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD. "With this launch we're also demonstrating that we are just getting started, that we are committed to delivering a multi-generational roadmap of leadership high-performance processors that will drive innovation and competition into the industry for years to come."
Building on the original award-winning 2017 "Zen" architecture, the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors combine the improved "Zen+" core with other major performance, feature, and platform advancements.

Performance Advances
The new "Zen+" core increases IPC and reduces both cache and memory latencies compared to 1st Gen Ryzen processors. AMD's SenseMI technology is updated with Precision Boost 2, which enables 2nd Gen Ryzen processors to intelligently analyze the workload and computing environment and contributes in delivering the highest multiprocessing performance in their classes.

Higher effective clock speeds on all 2nd Gen Ryzen processor cores can improve the performance of Ryzen processors in popular real-world applications like games, creativity and productivity applications2,3,4,5. Gaming experiences are beautifully smooth across popular resolutions from 1080p Ultra to 1440p High to 4K. And, select 2nd Gen Ryzen processors offer up to 20 percent faster content creation than the competition.
With XFR 2 technology on all AM4 platforms with 2nd Gen Ryzen processors, enthusiast PC builders will enjoy even higher performance in the presence of premium cooling.

Feature Advances
Designed with enthusiasts and high performance in mind, 2nd Gen Ryzen processors feature soldered integrated heatspreaders for superlative thermal transfer, and unlocked multipliers for simple, powerful overclocking control. Performance tuning, enabled by the new Ryzen Master 1.3 software, is easier than ever before, and now offers per-core overclocking with automatic identification of the potentially fastest cores.

For the first time, the entire line of 2nd Gen Ryzen processors include a world class AMD Wraith Cooler inside the retail box. The flagship AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU includes the new Wraith Prism cooler featuring premium thermal performance, an upgraded fan profile, and enhanced lighting capabilities with per-RGB controls.

Platform Advances
Optimized for the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors, new AMD X470 chipset is available on Socket AM4 motherboards now. In addition to enhanced memory compatibility and overclocking capability, these new motherboards come with a free download of the new AMD StoreMI technology software, which combines the speed of an SSD and the capacity of a traditional spinning hard disk into a single easy-to-manage drive for faster, smarter, and easier storage.

Compatible with all current AM4 processors, the new X470 motherboards augment the existing 300-series motherboards, which are also compatible with the new 2nd Gen Ryzen processors with a firmware (BIOS) update. Many in-market motherboards already come with the updated BIOS, indicated by a "Ryzen Desktop 2000 Ready" label on the package.

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8 Comments on AMD Announces Availability of 2nd Generation Ryzen "Pinnacle Ridge" Processors

why so quiet? everyone unimpressed or what?
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why so quiet? everyone unimpressed or what?
Its OK. there's talkings in the review posts as well.
People generally seems to accept these with a positive feedback.
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I'm impressed, I get one tomorrow..
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gmn 17
Waiting on Intel’s 8 core reply
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These aren't bad. Looks like most can hit 4.2GHz on all cores on the 2700X, where the upper limit was around 4.0GHz on the 1700/1700X/1800X. Not bad, but also not more like some were thinking.

For their price, they're a great upgrade to the Ryzen 1000 series processors, if you don't have one already. If you do, then stick with what you have.
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why so quiet? everyone unimpressed or what?
Still not hitting 4.5 Ghz by a long shot, which is what Ryzen needs to kick Intel off the throne. And the window of opportunity may close rapidly, too. So for me, its 'just another product release' to be fair. A good step forward but not something I'd buy.
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I am excited by this, unfortunately, my rent has gone up, I am working 6 days a week and I still have no time to do anything. Like finish 2 crunching builds. Also, looks like the GPU I want, for Folding@Home and some gaming, is also kaput!

I need to get back in school, get my fricking Welding degree and leave this broke as hell life behind!!

Sorry, needed to vent!

I am excited by these CPU's! I like the core counts, mostly. As a cruncher for WCG, the 1st gen Ryzen's are kicking butt! These look to be even better! Hopefully, by the time I have some cash, they will have improved, even more, and I will snatch one up for my farm.
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Still not hitting 4.5 Ghz by a long shot, which is what Ryzen needs to kick Intel off the throne. And the window of opportunity may close rapidly, too. So for me, its 'just another product release' to be fair. A good step forward but not something I'd buy.
Not exactly true:

This is a pic from fellow TPUer @Johan45 : you can see his full post here.

That said, three important things:

- the voltage used, according to CPU-Z, is way too high for 24 / 7 use, IMO
- dunno the cooling used
- that RAM speed / timings ... too awesome for AM4 platform, considering the problems with RAM when RyZen gen 1 launched last year
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