True to its promise, AMD today has officially announced that the 2nd generation Ryzen processors will be made available throughout the world starting from next week onwards. Formerly codenamed as Pinnacle Ridge, these new processors were based on the Zen+ architecture and built using 12nm process technology.
For starters, the line-up consisted of four processors which are shown below:
As noted in the slide above, all four processors come standard with AMD’s own Wraith cooler. The actual cooler differs from one chip to another though as only the top-of-the-line Ryzen 7 2700X receives the new Wraith Prism RGB cooler while the rest received either Wraith Spire or Wraith Stealth.
The launch of the new processors also marks the official release of AMD X470 chipset although the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors work perfectly fine with the existing AMD 4 motherboards with 300-series chipset. Then again, the new chipset provides access new several features as pointed below:
Back at CES 2018, AMD stated that the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors will have lower power consumption despite being clocked at slightly higher speed than their predecessors alongside couple of other cache, and latency improvements. Once again, do note that these new chips are pure CPUs which means that users need a dedicated graphics card to utilize it.
In terms of availability, the new 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen processors will be available throughout the world including Malaysia starting from 19 April. Stay tuned for our subsequent article which will touch on the pricing of the new chips in Malaysia.