AMD Ryzen 2 Gets Release Date: Pre-Orders Open Now

AMD launches 2nd-gen Ryzen: $199 to $329, available April 19, pre-orders today

2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Desktop Processor To Be Available From 19 April Onwards Globally

Delivering high-performance computing and innovative new features, 2nd gen Ryzen desktop processors are built to create faster and smoother computing experiences for PC gamers, creators, and hardware enthusiasts. The new Ryzen line-up includes two eight-core models with 16 threads and two six-core models with 12 threads, and the company said all of them are big upgrades from the first-gen models and feature its advanced "SenseMI technology". The launch of the Ryzen 2 sees the continuation of this trend as AMD gains further ground on Intel, and releases a chip that might even knock the Intel i7 8700k off it's throne as the king of consumer processors.

Ryzen7 2700 at £259 / $299. Motherboards based on this new chipset will carry the X470 designation.

"Second generation Ryzen desktop processors take everything that made the original Ryzen so groundbreaking and makes it better", said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD, "[that means] great performance combined with advanced technology to deliver an unbelievable experience for the most demanding users".

Gigabyte's motherboards are also listed starting at US $239.99 for the X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi, US $179.99 for the Aorus Gaming 5 WiFi, and US $139.99 for the Aorus Ultra Gaming. The Ryzen 5 2600 is just $199, while the range-topping Ryzen 7 2700X is a respectable $329. Performance is expected to be higher than the previous Wraith Spire, which is still the default cooler option for the Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600X.

Today's launch comes with very little information. You'll find out more about IPC improvements and overclocking on April 19, though you can already see these processors have higher clocks than their predecessors. If you are on a budget then you should check out the new pricing as it is possible that a higher-end chip fits into your budget keeping in mind the new pricing. There are four different flavors with the 2700X being the top dog. This advantage has waned considerably, down to essentially nothing at this point. The 2nd generation AMD Ryzen CPU processors lineup of four CPUs, namely AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, AMD Ryzen 7 2700, AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, and AMD Ryzen 5 2600 that require discrete graphics cards. A 5 or even 10% difference between the two could be shrugged off, but a 20% lead is a substantial advantage for an offering that both comes with it's own cooler, and even with that, is still a cheaper solution.

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