AMD 2nd generation Ryzen comes in April 2018

AMD Ryzen 2: AMD's second-generation Ryzen CPUs launched at CES 2018

The new chips will sport the newer Precision Boost 2 frequency control, and an enhanced XFR2 clock speed booster. Fully titled the "AMD Ryzen Desktop Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics", this new processor will utilize the same AM4 socket and motherboards that have been shipping since March of 2017.

AMD is definitely strengthening its Ryzen lineup and the 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs should help AMD to keep the momentum until Zen 2 launches on the 7nm manufacturing process.

Further in the future, AMD said the Zen 2 architecture, designed for 7nm, is now complete and on-track for release probably next year, with Zen 3 also on track.

To that end, AMD says that all AIB partners now have access to custom designs that will filter through the market this month.

On top of this, AMD has announced a new box cooler, the Wraith Prism, which features a better fin profile for compact systems, direct copper heatpipe contact with the CPU, and a ton more RGB.

AMD 2nd generation Ryzen comes in April 2018
AMD 2nd generation Ryzen comes in April 2018

As for the release date, both of these APUs are expected to become available on February. The only exception might be total power consumption - AMD doesn't seem to have released figures for the 2400G yet, but we know the Ryzen 5 1400 is a 65W TDP chip. It sounds pretty odd that both these APUs are cheaper than existing Ryzen CPUs while offering more performance, but that's the situation. The Ryzen 3 2200U features 2 cores/4 threads with a base clock of 2.5 GHz and boost of 3.4 GHz, combined with 3 Vega CUs.

The Ryzen 3 2200U is a 2.5GHz dual-core APU (AMD's term for a processor that also has graphics) that can turbo up to 3.4GHz and has two physical processing cores and four threads; the 2300U has four cores and four threads, and starts at a lower 2-GHz clock rate (though its boost rate is the same). This makes the Ryzen 5 2400G at least $100 cheaper for the same supposed performance, if not more considering the i5-8400 is rare and still sold at inflated prices.

AMD offered few details about the discrete mobile Vega models, other than that they'll be arriving in gaming laptops sometime this year. AMD is back with a plan and has been gaining a lot of attention and market share in the process. However, the Vega Mobile GPUs, and machine learning-focused 7nm "Instinct Vega" GPUs certainly sound interesting.

But the announcement of 7nm Vega is very welcome - the improvements that come along with such a big shrink in the production process could work wonders for Vega's overall performance - but it doesn't look like it will usher in a refreshed range of 7nm gaming cards this year.

The first notebooks with Ryzen 5 CPUs that we have reviewed left a very positive impression (Acer Swift 3, HP Envy X360).

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