"Second generation Ryzen desktop processors take everything that made the original Ryzen so groundbreaking and makes it better", said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD, "[that means] great performance combined with advanced technology to deliver an unbelievable experience for the most demanding users". Preorders for all announced products will begin globally today, and they will actually go on sale on April 19. Compatible with all current AM4 processors, the new X470 motherboards augment the existing 300-series motherboards, which are also compatible with the new 2nd gen Ryzen processors after a simple firmware (BIOS) update is installed.
After floundering against Intel in the mainstream CPU market for years, AMD punched back in the spring of 2017, launching its Ryzen platform to critical and commercial acclaim. It's got a clock speed of 3.7GHz that can be boosted to a maximum 4.3GHz, and it comes with the sorts of improvements that you'd expect from an incremental CPU upgrade. It will be priced at Rs. 24,490 plus taxes in India. With a few notable exceptions, such as sometimes-disappointing gaming performance at 1080p resolution, the first-generation Ryzen 7 lineup, including its flagship Ryzen 7 1800X, became a reasonable alternative for enthusiasts who wanted a better price-to-performance ratio than the Intel Core i7.
The 2700 also has the 8/16 core/thread count and the same amount of cache but has lower 3.2GHz/4.1GHz base/boost clock speed and a lower 65W TDP. The prices are Rs. 15,990 and Rs. 12,990 respectively. AMD has also tuned frequencies on the new second generation Ryzen parts so that they run at higher turbo clocks under moderate loads. Both Biostar's new motherboards are a part of the Racing series, so the ATX X470GT8 and the mini-ITX X470GTN come with all the usual features expected from the new AMD X470 chipset. The new chipset is created to support the increased clock speeds that are supported by the second-generation Ryzen line-up. It features amenities such as RGB lighting, steel reinforced PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, and onboad 802.11ac Wi-Fi. A 5 or even 10% difference between the two could be shrugged off, but a 20% lead is a substantial advantage for an offering that both comes with it's own cooler, and even with that, is still a cheaper solution. The highest-end Ryzen 7 processor will sell for $329, while the Ryzen 7 2700 will be priced at $299. 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.