AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen 400-series Chipset leaks – performance, pricing and more

AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen  400-series Chipset leaks - performance, pricing and more

AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen 400-series Chipset leaks – performance, pricing and more

A lot of information about AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 2nd generation CPUs has leaked, revealing a lot about the company’s upcoming 2018 CPU lineup. For starters, it looks like AMD won’t be releasing a 1800X successor, instead releasing their 2700X as their flagship model.   

While this may seem like a strange decision, it is widely thought that the 1800X sales were cannibalised by the existence of the lower-cost 1700X, which offers most of the 1800X’ performance with a significantly lower cost. Looking at the 2700X it will offer clock speeds that exceed the old 1800X, while also shipping with AMD’s new Wraith Prism RGB illuminated cooler. If this information is correct, the 2700X will ship for $369 with a stock cooling solution. 

This leak comes from elchapuzasinformatico providing what appears to be official AMD slides. 

AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen  400-series Chipset leaks - performance, pricing and more  

It looks like AMD’s 12nm Ryzen 2nd Generation lineup will be comprised solely of 8-core and 6-core CPUs, with Raven Ridge catering to the quad-core market. This new CPU lineup will consist of four new models, the Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 5 2600. These new CPUs will ship for $369, $299, $249 and $199, provided this information is accurate. 

Strangely, it looks like AMD’s Ryzen 7 models will offer 1MB more “Smart Prefetch Cache” than their Ryzen 5 counterparts, though this is unlikely to have a significant performance impact. 

AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen  400-series Chipset leaks - performance, pricing and more  

The slide below confirms that Ryzen 2ng Generation products will offer XFR 2.0 support and Precision Boost 2.0, allowing Ryzen 2nd Generation processors to support higher clock speeds on average and maintain boost clock speeds for longer and intermediate core counts. In AMD’s original Ryzen CPUs the boost clock only applied to a single CPU core, limiting the impact of core clock speed boost.

Ryzen 2nd Gen CPUs will be supported by existing 300-series motherboards, though these boards will require a BIOS update to function with these new models. New 400-series motherboards will release with these new CPUs, which will support Ryzen 2 out of the box. The slide below also mentions improved Prefetch, which can increase Ryzen’s performance in certain situations. 

AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen  400-series Chipset leaks - performance, pricing and more

In the slide below AMD details the advantages of XFR2, Precision Boost 2.0 and the company’s new Precision Boost Overdrive feature, which will allow AMD to offer increased performance in workloads with intermediate core-count, rather than boosting just one or two cores like AMD’s original Ryzen processors. 

Precision Boost Overdrive looks like a form of Auto overclock, which seems to be limited to X-series processors on 400-series chipsets. 

  
AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen  400-series Chipset leaks - performance, pricing and more

AMD’s new 400 series chipsets are said to offer an improved design over today’s 300 series offerings, delivering support for high-speed DDR4, an improved VRM layout for overclocking, higher levels of operating efficiency, more advanced NVMe implementations (which supports NVMe Raid) and enhanced USB interfaces. 

These motherboards will release with Ryzen 2nd generation processors in April. 

  
AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen  400-series Chipset leaks - performance, pricing and more

 

Below is a table which details how 400-series chipsets will compare to their 300-series counterparts. It looks like AMD plans to release X470 and B450 chipsets and won’t replace their A320 chipset with a 400-series counterpart. 

  
AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen  400-series Chipset leaks - performance, pricing and more

 

The slide below showcases how many 400-series motherboard design each major motherboard manufacturer intends to make, and when all of their 300-series motherboards will be ready for Pinnacle Ridge/Ryzen 2nd Generation CPUs. 

  
AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen  400-series Chipset leaks - performance, pricing and more

In gaming applications, Ryzen 2nd Generation processors will outperform their 1st generation counterparts, with AMD revealing a 5% performance boost in average at 1080p with a GTX 1080 GPU. This improvement is likely due to Ryzen 2’s higher core clock speeds. 

AMD also compares their processors to Intel 8700K, revealing performance that is very close to Intel in most cases, with an average of a 7.7% performance disadvantage. This isn’t a bad result for AMD, though it is clear that Intel will maintain their gaming lead. 

  AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen  400-series Chipset leaks - performance, pricing and more

AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen  400-series Chipset leaks - performance, pricing and more  
Just like all leaks, please take this data with a grain of salt, though if this data is true AMD will have a solid Ryzen 2nd generation lineup. 

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