There’s a massive leak doing the rounds regarding the final AMD Ryzen 2 processor specs and pricing, as well as an April 19th release date.
While no doubt plausible enough, it seems possible that it’s actually a fake - at the bottom of the images says “AMD Confidential NDA Required - Embargo Lift March 15, 2017”. Those with access to an up-to-date calendar will be all too aware it’s actually 2018. Either the leak is fake, or AMD has made a huge typo.
For what it’s worth, we’ll go with it being real for now, just to see what we’ve got on our hands here.
No less than six new AMD Ryzen 2000 Series Pinnacle Ridge CPUs are detailed, ranging from the recently released Ryzen 3 2200G up to the rumoured AMD Ryzen 7 2700X. The list of unannounced CPUs comprises the Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 5 2600. These processors in the ‘leaked’ slide certainly look real enough, and this is almost assuredly what AMD will be launching with later this month.
Along with the slide, Spanish site El Chapuzas Informatico also provided some info on the alleged clock speeds of the new Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 CPUs.
|CPU||Cores/Threads||Base/Boost speeds (GHz)||TDP||Price|
|Ryzen 7 2700X||8C/16T||3.7/4.35||105W||$369|
|Ryzen 7 2700||8C/16T||3.2/4.1||65W||$299|
|Ryzen 5 2600X||6C/12T||3.6/4.2||95W||$249|
|Ryzen 5 2600||6C/12T||3.6/3.9||65W||$199|
Unsurprisingly it’s the Ryzen 7 2700X that sits at the top of the pack. According to the leaked info, AMD intends this to compete directly with Intel’s best gaming CPU, the Core i7-8700K and features eight cores and 16 threads, clocked at 3.7GHz base / 4.35GHz boost clock.
What’s kind of interesting here is that AMD is openly admitting that the Ryzen 7 2700X isn’t as fast as the i7-8700K from Intel. The claim an average -7.7% fps different when gaming at 1080p Ultra with a GeForce GTX 1080 in a variety of games. It looks as if the only game which runs faster on the Ryzen 7 2700X is Sniper Elite 4, and it’s a very fine margin. It’s unusually candid from AMD, perhaps suspiciously so, but it’s a tacit admission that Intel runs faster for gaming. At this point, we’d usually look towards price to justify this, but both the Ryzen 2700X and the Intel Core i7-8700K will set you back around $370. However, this does make the Ryzen 7 2700X roughly 5% faster than the Ryzen 7 1700X in terms of gaming performance.
The rest of the Ryzen 2000 CPUs also seem to be very similar to their Intel equivalents in terms of their pricing and theoretical performance. While it’s not exactly going to set the world on fire, AMD is at least positioning itself as a closer competitor to Intel performance-wise.
While Ryzen 2000 series will still use the same Socket AM4 interface, AMD will be introducing the new 400-series motherboards alongside it. The X470 and B450 mobos include a raft of new features, such as:
- Advanced Design
- Optimized memory routing for high speed memory support
- Optimized VRM and power layout for CPU overclocking
- Advanced Efficiency
- Lower idle power (
- Designed for 2019 CEC energy requirements
- Advanced USB
- USB per-port disable
- Improved maximum data transfer rate
- Advanced Storage
- AMD StoreMI
- Bootable NVMe RAID support
- Enmotus FuzeDrive technology bundle
We'll bring you more on the Ryzen 2000 Series as soon as we hear it.