With eight cores, 16 threads, and an included cooling system, among other improvements, AMD's second-generation Ryzen 7 2700X ($329) desktop CPU is a small but important update to the Ryzen chips introduced previous year. The 2700 cuts back on the clock speeds, to a 3.2 GHz base and 4.1 GHz boost, but its TDP is also at 65 W. The 2700 comes with the Wraith Spire and will cost $299. It's got a clock speed of 3.7GHz that can be boosted to a maximum 4.3GHz, and it comes with the sorts of improvements that you'd expect from an incremental CPU upgrade. The Ryzen 5 2600 offer a 3.9GHz boost with a base of 3.4GHz.
These are also available for pre-order and range from United States $299.99 for the X470 Taichi Ultimate down to USA $149.99 for the X470 Master SLI/ac motherboard. The Ryzen 5 2600, meanwhile, is the 65W six-core part.
For the first time with AMD's Ryzen, the X-series chips will come with Wraith coolers in the box rather than requiring a third-party cooler at added expense.
When you consider the price point at which these processors are entering the market, their performance and the additional of a highly competent cooler - this is going to cause some major disruption for Intel.
There are no major architectural changes to speak of, but these are AMD's first processors to use the new 12nm Global Foundries process, and all such chips will be referred to as having 'Zen+' architecture to differentiate them. The Ryzen 7 2700X has an MSRP of $329 excluding tax (£299.99 including VAT here) and will ship with the new RGB-enabled Wraith Prism stock cooler. These processors are more expensive than their identical counterparts apart from being unlocked, so you're paying a premium just for the ability to overclock. 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.
Learn how to Overclock your AMD or Intel CPU with our guide here. There are four different flavors with the 2700X being the top dog. So for operations such as gaming that favour fewer, faster cores over several, slower cores these processors will sit just about neck and neck.
Asus has announced a quintet of AMD X470 Series motherboards to coincide with the AMD's Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 2000-series CPUs being launched.
This level of difference is certainly not insignificant either. It comes with the basic Wraith Stealth cooler and is priced at $199.