AMD’s second-generation Ryzen 7 2700X CPU has been spotted for the first time in a benchmark database. The Ryzen 7 2700X will replace the current Ryzen 7 1700X which, specs-wise, it’s fairly similar to.
Just like the 1700X, the Ryzen 7 2700X is an eight-core processor with 16 threads, although it’s clocked 300MHz faster at 3.7GHz base clock speed and 4.1GHz (potentially 4.2GHz) boost clock speed. Not only does this make the R7 2700X considerably faster than the 1700X, but it’s also 100MHz faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X. The 2700X has 16MB of L3 cache and 4MB L2 cache, while it has a total TDP of 95W, so exactly the same as the 1700X on these fronts.
Specs for the Ryzen 2700X are still being finalised ahead of its expected launch in April though, and there is the possibility that the boost clock speed could creep up even further.
Other technologies arriving alongside the 12nm Zen+ architecture are XFR 2.0, Precision Boost 2.0 and higher memory speeds. XFR 2.0 should help considerably with overclocking capabilities, while Precision Boost will now work on all eight cores rather than the cores used in version 1.0.
AMD has confirmed that its Ryzen 2000 Series processors based on the 12nm Zen+ CPU microarchitecture will be available from April. It’s looking likely that AMD intends to replace its entire line-up of CPUs throughout the year, including another generation of HEDP Threadripper processors later in the year.
It’s increasingly looking as if AMD has a decent year ahead, at least in terms of CPUs, and it’s come at a time when Intel has a relatively blank slate in the months ahead. It’s no secret that faster gaming performance can be achieved on Intel processors, but perhaps the 2nd-gen Ryzen chips can close the gap.