AMD announced 2nd generation Ryzen desktop processors

AMD Ryzen 2000

We are not entirely sure of the range of differences between the first and second generation Ryzen processors.

The 2nd-gen Ryzen line-up includes four processors: two in the Ryzen 5 series, and two in the Ryzen 7 series.

Asus also launched quite a few motherboards based on AMD's new X470 chipset, including three with the Republic of Gamers badge, one Prime series motherboard and one TUF-series motherboard. The full launch is set for April 19th, which is when reviews and performance numbers will be officially available, but today we are able to tell you a bit about the processors that are coming, as well as some pictures, and link readers to where they can pre-order. If you're looking for an AMD chip with integrated graphics, you'll want to check out a Ryzen 5 or a Ryzen 3 model with Vega GPUs included.

In terms of availability, the new 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen processors will be available throughout the world including Malaysia starting from 19 April. With the latest BIOS update, the AM4 motherboards support the new AMD Ryzen Desktop Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics, which fuse both CPU and GPU functions together through new architecture. Additionally, the company is also offering "Wraith" coolers with each CPU unit. There are 4 Ryzen 2000 CPUs ready to hit the streets: Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, and Ryzen 5 2600. Expect full backwards compatibility between the new CPUs and X370 boards released previous year, save for the UEFI updates that will likely be required. 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.

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The 2700 also has the 8/16 core/thread count and the same amount of cache but has lower 3.2GHz/4.1GHz base/boost clock speed and a lower 65W TDP. The highest-end Ryzen 7 processor will sell for $329, while the Ryzen 7 2700 will be priced at $299. Both Biostar's new motherboards are a part of the Racing series, so the ATX X470GT8 and the mini-ITX X470GTN come with all the usual features expected from the new AMD X470 chipset.

While you could build a very capable system with the Ryzen 7 2700X's default clock speed and stock cooler, one of the benefits of going with AMD over Intel is that the entire lineup is overclockable, so you can always get the maximum amount of power that your build allows if you're willing to tinker and troubleshoot. It comes with the basic Wraith Stealth cooler and is priced at $199.

These are also available for pre-order and range from USA $299.99 for the X470 Taichi Ultimate down to United States $149.99 for the X470 Master SLI/ac motherboard.