AMD puts Ryzen 2000 family up for pre-order...NOW

Subject: Processors | April 13, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: Zen+, ryzen, pre-order, amd

In a move that should shock nobody, ahead of its April 19th release, AMD is offering pre-orders for the Ryzen 2000 family of processors starting today at and other key retailers.

The previously leaked specifications all turned out to be true: you'll find the Ryzen 7 2700X as the top end part with a base clock speed 3.7 GHz and a max Turbo of 4.3 GHz. The TDP jumps from 95 watt of the previous generation to 105 watts. Cost? $329.

Here's the details on the other three parts going up today: the Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, and Ryzen 5 2600.

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One interesting note - all four of these CPUs will now ship with a cooler in the box, so you won't need to struggle to find a heatsink or water cooler that has AM4 support out of the box.

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AMD outlines the already released details about the Ryzen 2000-series, including its production on GlobalFoundries 12nm process tech and the updated "Zen+" architecture. It makes claims that 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen will be the "ultimate desktop processor for gamers, creators, and enthusiasts" which is quite the claim to live up to.

There isn't much else to talk about, though AMD does allow us to mention briefly the accompanying X470 chipset and its improved power delivery system, providing a bit more headroom and capability for these Ryzen 2000-series parts.

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You will also find mention of AMD StoreMI, a maturation of the company's partnership with Enmotus, bringing a tiered caching system to the platform. Again, details are minimal until the April 19th launch date, at which point we'll have much more to share with you.

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Now that this is all confirmed, I'm very curious to see the community reaction to the 2700X coming in at $329, undercutting the Core i7-8700K by a few bucks. There is going to be another big battle for the DIY space coming this spring, and we can't wait to share the first punches with you next week.


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April 13, 2018 | 09:51 AM - Posted by Prodeous13 (not verified)

I'm so eager to see what they bring. Though I don't expect much and even AMD itself already showed few percent in their own marketing slides. Almost as much as each Intel generation (8% improvement?).

But seeing active competition is really exciting.

I'm guessing you guys are hard at work going through and reviewing them, and i'm even more eager to see what your testing shows.

April 13, 2018 | 10:37 AM - Posted by CostsBenifitsAndPackageDealsSVP (not verified)

It all depends on if that around 8% improvment puts AMD within the margin of Benchmarking error with Intel's competing(Similarly Priced) parts that AMD will be in a more direct competion with.

The core Core i7-8700K is a 6 core 12 thread part that is priced similarly to the Ryzen 7 2700X(8 core 16 Threads) at $329. So I'll do a cost/benifit analysys and get a price per core metric on the 2700X of $329/8-cores so that's $41.13(rounded) for the per core price on the 2700X and the Core i7-8700K $349.99(New Egg) at $349.99/6 cores $58.33(Rounded) pre core cost for the Intel SKU.

Most are going to be looking at the gamning scores for those that only game but for workloads that already like the current 1700/1800 Ryzen series that have 8 cores well then that 8% more acorss 8 cores adds up for any task that likes more cors/threads.

Intel's ark listing for the i7-8700k lists: "Recommended Customer Price $359.00 - $370.00" but I took today's New Egg pricing from Google Today at $349.99 instead.

I'm very interested in seeing what sors of package MB/Ryzen deals that AMD and the MB makers will think up and AMD should really offer up some Ryzen 2000 series AM4/400 series chipset MBs and Vega GPU. So AMD/partners packages deals where those package deals can get Vega/Ryzen/AM4 into the hands of the home system builders at a better savings for Vega SKUs at least and sell more Ryzen 2000 series/AM4 400 series MB's SKUs in the process.

AMD/partners has that package pricing advantage(CPU, GPU, MB) that any reviewers should include in the Price/Performance metrics in addition to the usual MSRPs on the individual parts sorts of price/performance metrics that only tells part of the story.

April 13, 2018 | 01:09 PM - Posted by Anonymouse (not verified)

Remember that 7700K argument where the lesser but faster cores was so much better. Where is that CPU now? I believe its not faring well in newer multicore games. The CPU is basically maxed out at all times.

April 13, 2018 | 01:33 PM - Posted by ThatThereCoolerCostsAlsoMustBeFactored (not verified)

But still all the Ryzen 2000 series SKUs get a cooler along with the CPU for the price compared to the Intel offerings.

Ryzen 7 2700X 105 W Wraith Prism (LED)$329 (cooler included)
Ryzen 7 2700 65 W Wraith Spire (LED) $299 (cooler included)
Ryzen 5 2600X 95 W Wraith Spire $229 (cooler included)
Ryzen 5 2600 65 W Wraith Stealth $199 (cooler included)

So whatever the Ryzen 7 CPUs cost/per-core metric is the $-value of the included cooler can be subtracted for the total SKU's costs on any Ryzen 2000 series SKUs and make the cost per core metric even better for AMD against Intel SKUs that do not include any heatsink and the 8700K does not come with any.

So whetever the value on the Wraith coolers that's sweetens the deal. And The Ryzen 2000 series CPUs do not get the toothpaste treatement compared to Intel. I think that AMD is only using toothpaste on the RR APUs currently.

That included Wraith Prism, I wonder what the retail equivalent would cost.

April 14, 2018 | 01:40 AM - Posted by Anonymous337 (not verified)

Well, here you go:

April 13, 2018 | 10:21 AM - Posted by remc86007

I can't wait to see if they can be overclocked to hold 4.3GHz on all cores!

April 13, 2018 | 12:00 PM - Posted by WSJ-SJW (not verified)

Never pre-order anything, wait for reviews.

April 13, 2018 | 01:14 PM - Posted by Anonymouse (not verified)

Do you believe there will be something wrong with them? At worst its not any better than the previous generation. We know thats not going to be true. Based on what we know about the upcoming clock speeds, memory support, and the the previous gen Ryzen this CPU is going to quite an improvement. Previous Ryzen boards had support for DDR 3400. So with even faster suppor this will be wonderful.

Preordered today 2700X and a ASRock Taichi.

April 17, 2018 | 04:55 AM - Posted by James

Have you had good luck with ASRock? I am thinking of building a system soon. I expected to need to buy an aftermarket cooler, but the 2700x comes with one. I want a quiet system, so if it isn’t to loud I might just use it. The new Ryzen 2 processors look great, but they are still dual channel memory instead of quad. I have thought that AMD should have made a different socket for 4 channel memory systems rather than a cut down Epyc socket. I don’t think I am willing to drop the money on a ThreadRipper system. It is just overkill for what I do at home. I have 16 and 24 core machines at work, but I don’t run work stuff at home.

I still kind of want to see if there is going to be an Intel release of a mainstream 8 core chip followed by an AMD response. That may be a while though. Also, with dual channel memory, a higher core count processor might be memory bound. So even if there is a surprise release, it may not be the best idea. If they had a new socket coming out with 4 channel memory, we probably would have heard about it already, even if it is a ways off. ThreadRipper boards are expensive; the cheapest sTR4 board is around $320. It generally doesn’t seem worthwhile to pay more than about $170 for the mainboard; at least, to me it doesn’t. Anything above that has a bunch of features I will never use.

April 14, 2018 | 01:42 AM - Posted by Anonymous337 (not verified)

Well, here you go:

April 13, 2018 | 02:07 PM - Posted by The400SerGetsTheStoreMIThe300SerHasToUseTheSoftware (not verified)

According to AMD's webpage on StoreMI:

"AMD StoreMI Technology is included with every Socket AM4 motherboard that features an AMD 400-series chipset" (1)

So the 400 series chipsets use StoreMI but that "Enmotus, bringing a tiered caching system to the platform" software is for the 300 series chipsets that do not have the StoreMI capability in the chipsets on the 300 series MBs.

"If you have a socket AM4 motherboard with a 300-series chipset, you can still enjoy the benefits of storage acceleration with Enmotus FuzeDrive software, exclusively for AMD, for an additional fee. Learn More" (1)


"AMD StoreMI Technology"

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