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AMD's Second-Gen Ryzen Chips Now Available For Preorder With An April 19 Shipping Date

The release of the second-generation Ryzen CPUs has been confirmed as AMD announced their availability starting April 19. Insiders confirmed that packages will come bundled with Wraith coolers.  ( Brian Ach | Getty Images for Advanced Imaging Society )

AMD finally unveils its second-generation Ryzen CPUs after many months of leaks teasing the new chips. Buyers can finally grab one by April 19.

The new lineup consists of the Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, and the Ryzen 5 2600. Reports have confirmed that all four of the company's latest offerings will apparently be faster and surprisingly cost less than their predecessors.

Additionally, the chipmaker noted that people who purchase the X variant of the CPUs will also receive a bundle that includes Wraith coolers. This was unavailable with the first-generation products due to the company's presumption that customers would customize their cooling options anyway, which might still be the case now.

Fabrication And Thermal Design Power

In-depth details about the new CPUs are still somewhat scarce and estimated to become available in the few days before their debut. Yet, industry insiders have already shared some leaked information about the second-generation products.

When it comes to the latest chips, manufacturing trends normally produce smaller fabrication processes. This means that the upcoming CPUs will be built via the company's 12nm fabrication process, which is a slight decrease from its 14nm predecessors.

Despite the brand's claims that the new units will be cheaper than the older ones, it most likely meant that the prices were compared to the original SRP of the first-generation chips.

New Technology, New Components

Now that the second-generation Ryzen CPUs flaunt reduced node sizes and even faster speeds, only the flagship model sees an increased thermal design power of 105 watts. All of the other ones come with the same TDP as their predecessors. 

AMD confirmed that the soon-to-be-released products are still backward-compatible with the older X370 motherboards. Yet the company revealed that its new X470 chipset will be paired with the CPUs for the new motherboards, which come with the brand's new StoreMI technology that allows a traditional hard drive to use an SSD as its cache.

The Ryzen 5 2600 is the cheapest at $199 and is expected to come with AMD's Wraith Stealth cooler. The CPU touts 6 cores and 12-thread clock speeds rated at 3.4 GHz to 3.9 GHz.

In the meantime, the Ryzen 7 2700X is the premium-level package bundled with AMD's Wraith Prism cooler that comes with fan blades that are RGB-illuminated.

Rival On The Move

AMD's announcement for its second-generation Ryzen CPUs comes shortly after Intel revealed its newest Core i9 for laptops last week. The latest eighth-generation lineup from the latter manufacturer is reportedly capable enough to bring desktop-level performance to laptops.

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