Continuing on its quest to make PCs even greater again, AMD has announced the "global availability of its 2nd Generation Ryzen Desktop https://www.amd.com/en processors, starting with four models optimised for gamers, creators, and hardware enthusiasts: Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, and Ryzen 5 2600 processors".
Using what AMD claims is "the world’s first 12nm process technology", the company says its "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 PC4, 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".
Jim Anderson, AMD's senior vice-president and general manager of Computing and Graphics Business Group, said: "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.
“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.”
AMD naturally explains that its new processors build on "the original award-winning 2017 'Zen' architecture" and see the "2nd Gen Ryzen processors combine the improved 'Zen+' core with other major performance, feature, and platform advancements".
So, what are the "Performance Advances?"
AMD tells us that its new “Zen+” core "increases IPC and reduces both cache and memory latencies compared to 1st Gen Ryzen processors".
In addition, we're told that "AMD’s SenseMI technology is updated with Precision Boost 2, which enables 2nd Gen Ryzen processors to intelligently analyse the workload and computing environment and contributes in delivering the highest multiprocessing performance in their classes".
The explanation continues, with AMD stating that, "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 applications", while "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% faster content creation than the competition".
Then there's "XFR 2 technology on all AM4 platforms with 2nd Gen Ryzen processors", which ensure "enthusiast PC builders will enjoy even higher performance in the presence of premium cooling".
And what of the new "Feature Advances?"
Here AMD tells us its new processors are "designed with enthusiasts and high performance in mind", and thus "2nd Gen Ryzen processors feature soldered integrated heat spreaders 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 overclocking5 with automatic identification of the potentially fastest cores."
AMD also proudly boasts that, "for the first time, the entire line of 2nd Gen Ryzen processors include a world class AMD Wraith Cooler inside the retail box," and that "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".
Ok, so what are the "Platform Advances?"
"Optimised for the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors", AMD says its new "X470 chipset is available on Socket AM4 motherboards now".
"In addition to enhanced memory compatibility and overclocking5 capability," the company says "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," while AMD reminds us that "many in-market motherboards already come with the updated BIOS, indicated by a “Ryzen Desktop 2000 Ready” label on the package."
Here's an AMD chart about the new processors:
Here are two videos from AMD, and a Q&A made by PC World: