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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X Review (Page 1)

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X Review

AMD increases the threat against Intel with their new Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X processors.

By Steven Bassiri | Apr 19, 2018 08:00 am CDT
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: AMD


AMD's 2nd Generation of Ryzen processors has finally landed, and today we are going to give you our impressions of AMD's new products as well as performance numbers. The new processors are part of AMD's Zen+ product line, so please don't confuse it with Zen 2, which is a different microarchitecture. The real deal here is that AMD has moved towards a 12nm process, and they have improved many things on the processor, including maximum frequencies. So let's see how much AMD does against Intel's Coffee Lake processors in regards to gaming and productivity.


Today we will look at two new CPUs, the 2700X and 2600X, but AMD is also releasing the 2700 and 2600 processors for roughly $30 less than the "X" counterparts.


The question of whether or not AMD will launch a 2800X has been asked many times, but the slide above points to the 2700X as the replacement for both the 1800X and 1700X. It's very possible that AMD is either waiting for better yields to increase frequency for a 2800X, or they are keeping that specific SKU for a higher-end platform like the X399 platform. It would make sense, as the 1900X and 1800X were pretty similar in certain regards, and that could have confused potential buyers.



The internal microarchitecture has not been changed, just optimized, and we have the same transistor count as Ryzen 1000 series CPUs. JEDEC memory speeds have been increased to 2933MHz, and we see some TDP boosts. The Ryzen 7 2700X will have a 105W TDP.


The 2700X will have 8 cores and 16 threads with a base clock of 3.7GHz and a max boost up to 4.3GHz while the 2600X will offer up 6 cores and 12 threads with a base of 3.6Ghz and boost up to 4.2GHz. Both CPUs have similar L3 cache sizes, but L2 and L1 cache are per core, so the 2700X has 1MB more L1/L2 cache.


The Ryzen 7 2700X will cost $329, and the Ryzen 5 2600X will cost $229.

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