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AMD has been getting more attention in the high-end PC market with its Zen architecture though, the first generation, even when it was quite good, could not quite compete against Intel. The Zen architecture, however, did lay down the foundations for AMD to build upon if they want to dethrone Intel. We are going to see how AMD is trying to improve their processors with the release of the second generation Ryzen parts and its prices which has been leaked.
Before continuing any further, there has been a simple misconception that needs to be cleared up. The second generation of Ryzen processors from AMD are not Zen 2. According to AMD, it is called Zen+ because it uses a refined 12-nanometer manufacturing process whereas the first generation Zen processors are built on a 14-nanometer process. Zen 2 should be built on a 7-nanometer process and will be out sometime next year.
Now back on the lea. A Spanish website called “El Chapuzas Informatico” leaked a handful of AMD slides that contains all the information on the company’s upcoming Ryzen processors. If the information is legitimate (which they do certainly look like), the speeds and price points of AMD’s next batch of Ryzen processors is now known.
Each of the models will ship with a different version of AMD’s Wraith cooler. As seen on the table above, Ryzen 7 2700X is getting the Wraith Prism, Ryzen 7 2700 is getting the Wraith Spire (LED), Ryzen 5 2600X is getting the Wraith Spire and Ryzen 5 2600 is getting the Wraith Stealth.
The prices of the Ryzen processors match up similarly to Intel’s processors to obviously compete with them. It is also important to note that one of the leaked slides informs that all of AMD’s Ryzen 2000 processors are compatible, after a BIOS update, with the AM4 300 series motherboards.
AMD plans to also release new chipsets (X470 and B450) that are meant to help the use of Precision Boost and extended Range Frequency (XFR) technologies. The clock speed is presumably the main change and the performance should be 10% faster compared to the existing Ryzen parts. We expect to see all of this at retail around April 19.
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