AMD Ryzen 2 Is Based on 12nm Production Process, Should Arrive During March 2018
AMD will finally bring its new Zen microarchitecture this year, giving gamers and power users a worthy alternative to Intel Core CPUs. While Ryzen processors aren’t as good as Core i5 and i7 CPUs when talking about gaming performance they still offer more cores for less money and are much more future proof and will surely reap many benefits once game engines start utilizing more CPU cores.
AMD managed to make an incredible success with Ryzen processors and the company is at the moment preparing the second generation of Ryzen CPUs that should bring even better power efficiency as well as slightly higher clocks. Clock speed for high-end models should go up to about 4.4GHz while less powerful models should also come with higher clock speeds, which should rise for a couple of hundred MHz.
The upcoming processors should also bring support for faster DD4 RAM and should be based on Globalfoundries’ 12nm production process. The next Ryzen generation won’t utilize new architecture; instead, AMD will just switch its current Zen architecture to a smaller production process and call it Zen+.
The second generation of the Ryzen lineup is called Pinnacle Ridge and will come with series 2000 Ryzen 3, 5, and 7 CPUs. While Ryzen 7 models are set for late February, Ryzen 5 and 3 will debut in March 2018. As for the mobile versions of Pinnacle Ridge CPUs, they are set to launch during April 2017. Ryzen Pro CPUs are set for May 2018.
Along with Ryzen 2 CPU lineup, AMD prepares new series 400 chipset design and manufacturers should bring X470 and B450 models first, followed by weaker options at a later date. Unlike Intel, AMD won’t lock new Ryzen CPUs behind a socket wall, meaning that all AM4 socket compatible motherboards will support Ryzen 2 CPUs.
A day after Ryzen 2 info hit the web, a few slides appeared, allegedly showing Ryzen 2 models along with some pretty incredible prices. We have to disappoint our readers and say that those slides are fake, and that, except for the name and a few other details, not much is known about Ryzen 2, especially about individual models specs and prices.