AMD has announced no fewer than four new Ryzen 2000 series CPUs based on the Zen+ microarchitecture. Two of these are new X-series parts designed to fill in the gaps of AMD’s current line-up, while the E-Series processors are low-power parts.
The full list of new AMD Ryzen CPUs is as follows:
Cores / Threads Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP Price Ryzen 7 2700E 8 / 16 2.8GHz 4.0GHz 16MB 45W TBA Ryzen 5 2600E 6 / 12 3.1GHz 4.0GHz 16MB 45W TBA Ryzen 5 2500X 4 / 8 3.6GHz 4.0GHz 8MB 65W N/A Ryzen 3 2300X 4 / 4 3.5GHz 4.0GHz 8MB 65W N/A
Beginning with the new X-series CPUs, both the Ryzen 5 2500X and the Ryzen 3 2300X are quad-series processors, with the former utilising simultaneous multithreading.
In terms of performance, the Ryzen 5 2500X slots in right below the Ryzen 5 2600. It’s got the edge in terms of clock speeds but sports two fewer cores and four fewer threads. The Ryzen 3 2300X sits at the top of the pack for Ryzen 3 processors, slotting in below the Ryzen 5 2500X and lacking the Vega graphics of the Ryzen 5 2400G. both of these 'X' CPUs will feature a single-enabled CCX, allowing for faster access to the L3 memory cache compared to the previous-gen Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 5 1500X.
Unfortunately, pricing is not going to be made available for these CPUs as both the 2500X and the 2300X are OEM parts only and will not be available to buy separately. That seems a bit of a wasted opportunity for AMD to flesh out its mid and lower-end chips, but it is what it is.
The AMD Ryzen 2600E and Ryzen 7 2700E are going to be off-the-shelf parts though, and power-efficient ones at that. They’re the first ever 8 and 6-core CPUs from AMD to sport 45W TDPs. The downside is a slight reduction in performance compared to the full power processors, but both the Ryzen 2600E and Ryzen 7 2700E should make an excellent fit for small form factor rigs due to their low temps.
Prices have yet to be announced for the Ryzen 5 2600E or Ryzen 7 2700E but AMD has said the parts will available to buy very shortly. We would expect the Ryzen 2600E to be somewhere around $210, while the Ryzen 7 2700E is likely in the ballpark of $290-310.