AMD 2nd-gen Ryzen 2000-series CPUs now up for pre-order

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The new Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 5 2600 replace the equivalent 1000-series CPU models and promise improved performance across a range of PC workloads.

Also noteworthy is that this time around, AMD is bundling versions of its Wraith cooler with its "X" processors, whereas the the first generation "X" chips shipped without one.

Delivering high-performance computing and innovative new features, 2nd gen Ryzen desktop processors are built to create faster and smoother computing experiences for PC gamers, creators, and hardware enthusiasts.

Ryzen 7 2700X will feature 8 cores / 16 threads, with a clock speed of 4.3/3.7 Ghz (boost/base) and 20MB of Smart Prefetch Cache. It will be priced at Rs. 24,490 plus taxes in India. These prices also mean that Ryzen 7 2700X will go against Intel's Core i7-8700/8700K CPUs and give them a good run for their money, while the rest of the lineup will do the same thing with the rest of Intel's lineup unless Intel implements some price-cuts soon. This will arrive with six cores and 12 threads, a 3.6GHz base clock up to 4.2GHz, 19MB of L3 cache, and a 95W TDP.

Back at CES 2018, AMD stated that the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors will have lower power consumption despite being clocked at slightly higher speed than their predecessors alongside couple of other cache, and latency improvements. The prices are Rs. 15,990 and Rs. 12,990 respectively.

In addition to the new 2nd gen Ryzen 2000-series desktop CPUs, AMD is also launching the new AMD X470 chipset and there are plenty of motherboards from all the major players.

A Wraith Spire cooling system from AMD is included with every chip with no meaningful price increase, making the Ryzen 7 2700X an even better value than both the 1800X and the 1700X.

There's also the Ryzen 5 2600X, taking over from the Ryzen 5 1600X.

AMD broke Intel's more-than-decade-long dominance in the consumer CPU market in February 2017, when it unveiled the first chips from its new Zen architecture. AMD also notes that existing 300-series motherboards will also compatible with the new Ryzen processors after a BIOS update. Other than enabling new motherboard designs, perhaps the most intriguing feature of the X470 is AMD's new StoreMI technology, which lets you combine multiple SSDs and conventional hard drives into a single virtual volume and automatically assign files based on their storage speed requirements.