AMD debuts new Ryzen processors, pre-orders start today

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Each 2nd-gen AMD Ryzen Processor model includes an AMD Wraith cooler inside the box.

All 2nd gen AMD Ryzen desktop processors are supported by the new AMD X470 chipset, the most advanced, optimized, and efficient chipset to-date for socket AM4.

The full launch is set for April 19th, which is when reviews and performance numbers will be officially available, but today we are able to tell you a bit about the processors that are coming, as well as some pictures, and link readers to where they can pre-order. The Ryzen 7 2700 is very similar, with base and boost speeds of 3.2GHz and 4.1GHz respectively and a 65W TDP, and is priced at Rs. 20,490 plus taxes. The Ryzen 7 2700 will cost $299 with a 3.2 GHz base clock and 4.1 GHz boost, along with the same 20MB of cache but a lower 65W TDP.

Ryzen 5 2600 will feature 6 cores / 12 threads, with a clock speed of 3.9/3.4 Ghz (boost/base) and 19MB of Smart Prefetch Cache.

Unfortunately, the flagship MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is not yet listed but the next best thing, the MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC is listed for U.S. $259.99 while the X470 Gaming Plus goes for United States $139.99. If you're looking for an AMD chip with integrated graphics, you'll want to check out a Ryzen 5 or a Ryzen 3 model with Vega GPUs included. With a few notable exceptions, such as sometimes-disappointing gaming performance at 1080p resolution, the first-generation Ryzen 7 lineup, including its flagship Ryzen 7 1800X, became a reasonable alternative for enthusiasts who wanted a better price-to-performance ratio than the Intel Core i7.

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AMD has also adjusted its overall core pricing strategy. The flagship offers are obviously the X470 Taichi Ultimate and the X470 Fatal1ty Gaming K4 motherboards, although all of them come with ASRock's new Polychrome RGB lighting, up to eight SATA 6Gbps ports, up to two M.2 ports, Intel Gigabit Ethernet and more. All that and much more will be revealed on April 19. It gets even better with chips that have an "X" at the end of their name, since those can clock even higher than the top boost-clock speed (4.3GHz in this case) assuming you've got an adequate cooling system.

AMD broke Intel's more-than-decade-long dominance in the consumer CPU market in February 2017, when it unveiled the first chips from its new Zen architecture. Each of these AMD Ryzen (2nd-gen) CPUs have advanced AMD SenseMI technology under the hood.

This has historically always been a space where Intel has won out, as their individual cores were always more powerful in comparison.

Less than a week from now, AMD's retail partners will start shipping the company's second generation Ryzen processors, such as the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600.