AMD Ryzen 2G processors: Start of Processor Wars 2.0

'Second-generation Ryzen desktop processors take everything that made the original Ryzen so groundbreaking and makes it better — great performance combined with advanced technology to deliver an amazing experience for the most demanding users'

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New Delhi: AMD Ryzen is all set to launch its highly anticipated second generation (2G) CPU line on 19 April. Years ago, only Intel could deliver the consumers with high grade although expensive war beasts for the Desktop or laptop chariots, but everything changed when AMD launched its Ryzen series in 2016.

Once a company struggling hard against Intel, which simply killed all its competition to remain uphill, now is a significant threat to the Intel empire. AMD has announced it will launch its 2G Ryzen series at even lesser costs than the existing first-generation Ryzen series launched in 2016.

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

This 2G Ryzen desktop processor lineup includes two 8-core, 16-thread models and two 6-core, 12-thread models, all offering major upgrades and advanced AMD SenseMI technology.The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU PIB includes the new Wraith Prism cooler, which offers improved thermal performance over the Wraith Max, a more compatible fan profile, and enhanced lighting capabilities with per-RGB controls.

All 2G AMD Ryzen desktop processors are supported by the new AMD X470 chipset, the most advanced, optimized, and efficient chipset to-date for socket AM4. This chipset comes with a free download of the new AMD StoreMI storage acceleration technology to combine the speed of an SSD with the capacity of a hard drive into a single, fast, easy-to-manage drive.

Motherboards with the AMD X470 chipset will launch alongside the 2G Ryzen desktop processors, with designs available from top manufacturers including ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. Compatible with all current AM4 processors, the new X470 motherboards augment the existing 300-series motherboards, which are also compatible with the new 2G Ryzen processors after a simple firmware (BIOS) update is installed. Many motherboards in the market are already coming with the updated BIOS, indicated by a “Ryzen Desktop 2000 Ready” label on the package.

Now the question is what kind of motherboard will support them. The four new processors are compatible with current motherboards with the AM4 CPU socket. But to take full advantage of the new chips, we will require AMD’s latest X470 chipset. The company says X470 has an improved power structure to handle higher clocks on the Zen+ design with a starting price of Rs 15,330. They also come along with highly efficient CPU coolers, which is an added bonus to the PC gamers and video editing workstation builds with 

Based on the specs released by the company, it seems that the 2G Ryzen Zen+ architecture CPUs are not only outperforming the 1st generation Ryzens but also the i7 Coffee Lake 8700K which seems a bad news for Intel until it decides to step up the game. For consumers, this can only mean good news since it will only cause an increase in performance per Rupee spent.

Intel has made some huge changes to its product lines in response to AMD’s return to competitive CPU market. But, the most amazing part of this competition is this: AMD’s 2G Ryzen chips are clocked higher and are cheaper than their 1st-gen counterparts (a higher clock speed means higher performance).

Intel might have held back on releasing its eight-core 8th-gen processors to save them for dulling AMD’s impending release of 2G Ryzen chips. The reports also suggest that Intel is beginning to think about releasing Eight core Coffee Lake architecture CPUs along with the Z390 chipset. But whether they will be compatible with most motherboards or not remains to be seen. Intel’s website shows reference to Coffeelake 8+2.