There were some announcement of 2nd Generation Ryzen Processors last week. With 2017 finished, and Ryzen being very successful for AMD, the inevitable question was what to be happened next? But early in 2018, the plans are set for Ryzen 2nd Generation Processors was set to come in mid 2018. AMD’s client computing group, in one year, announced Ryzen ThreadRipper, Ryzen (7, 5, 3), Ryzen Mobile for notebooks and Ryzen Pro for commercial markets. The company made a much bigger impact in desktops than in notebook and gained a profitable 2.1% desktop market share (Mercury Research).
AMD is calling the new parts “Zen+.” This isn’t a new architecture; rather, it’s a tweaked version of the first-generation Zen architecture. Its improved “Zen+” architecture is providing around 3% IPC boost and between an 11% and 16% cache and memory latency improvement.
The basic layout is same for 2nd Generation Ryzen chips, but each contains two CCXes. The improved clock speed “boost” leveraging all cores (six-eight) not just two cores, which is also called Precision Boost, AMD’s turbo boosting system.
AMD 2nd Generation Ryzen Processors
AMD is launching the Ryzen 7 2700X, the Ryzen 7 2700, the Ryzen 5 2600X, and the Ryzen 5 2600.
|Ryzen 7 2700X||8/16||3.7/4.3||20 MB||105||Wraith Prism (LED)||$329|
|Ryzen 7 2700||8/16||3.2/4.1||20 MB||65||Wraith Spire (LED)||$299|
|Ryzen 5 2600X||6/12||3.6/4.2||19 MB||95||Wraith Spire||$229|
|Ryzen 5 2600||6/12||3.4/3.9||19 MB||65||Wraith Stealth||$199|
Surely the 2nd Generation Ryzen can rival 8th Gen Intel Processors. For example the Intel i7-8700K has frame rates 12-percent higher in Grand Theft Auto V, 29-percent higher in Forza 7, and 7-percent higher in Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and, in single-threaded, Cine-bench has an 11-percent performance lead. But the Ryzen 2700X is 27-percent quicker in multi-threaded Cine-bench and 23-percent faster in the POV-Ray ray tracer.
The 2nd Generation Ryzens are an incremental improvement on the first generation. Surely the Intel’s chips are, especially for gamers, the absolute performance champions. But Intel feels like a company that’s struggling to improve on what it has. But AMD is proving that it can deliver, it gave us a solid first-generation Ryzen, and, about a year later, it has released a superior second generation.