AMD has made all sorts of announcements prior to CES 2018 opening its doors to the masses, beginning with confirmation its next-gen Ryzen 2nd Generation ‘Pinnacle Ridge’ CPUs will be launching in April.

The Ryzen 2000 desktop CPUs are based on an updated 12nm Zen+ fabrication process, allowing for higher clock speeds and greater power efficiency than the current AMD Ryzen processors.

On top of this, they’ll also utilise Precision Boost 2 and XFX 2(eXtended Frequency Range). Precision Boost 2 is concerned with AMD Ryzen 2000 boost clock speeds, automatically dialing up (or down) the clock speed as and when it’s needed. AMD’s software tracks the thermals and utilization headroom and calculates how high the CPU’s clock speed can safely go. The key change to Precision Boost 2 is the removal of a clock speed limit when more than two CPU cores are being used. This means the clock speed on every core can continue to be boosted until it reaches the maximum boost clock speed stated on the box, or, until it becomes too hot.

From the sounds of things, AMD plans to refresh its entire line-up of Ryzen processors and replace them with Ryzen 2000 variants. To that end, we expect to see plenty of new Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 CPUs throughout 2018, all based on the 12nm+ process.

As previously leaked, Ryzen 2000 will be launching alongside 2nd generation Socket AM4 chipsets. The X470 and B450 chipsets will be specifically optimised for 2nd-gen Ryzen, lowering power consumption and offering faster PCIe 3.0 for general purpose lanes. As it’s based on the same Socket AM4 standard, all of the Ryzen (non-Threadripper) CPUs will work across any Socket AM4 motherboard, making X470 an incremental upgrade rather than a must-have.

Once Ryzen 2000 is out the door, AMD will then be turning its attention to 2nd-gen Ryzen Threadripper high-end desktop processors. These will prohibitively expensive for gaming uses of course, but they will be the best of the best in terms of AMD's CPU offerings. AMD is targeting a launch for Threadripper 2 in the 2nd half of 2018.

Who’s after a Ryzen upgrade? Could we see AMD take the performance crown back from Intel in April? Let us know your thoughts!

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