AMD launches second generation Ryzen chipsets

AMD expands its portfolio with the new Ryzen chips.

By Vishal Kawadkar

    AMD, after re-entering the market with its Ryzen processors last year, has now unveiled the second generation of its Ryzen chips. The new chips claim to be faster and more efficient than its precursor. Additionally, the company is also offering "Wraith" coolers with each CPU unit.

    AMD launches second generation Ryzen chipsets

    The top-end Ryzen model comes with eight-core Ryzen 7 2700X, which replaces the 1800X and 1700X which was used last year. It has a base clock of 3.7GHz and a boost speed of 4.3Ghz, which is quicker than 1800X that ran between 3.6Ghz and 4Ghz. The new chip comes at a price of $329, which is a steal compared to $399 and $499 for the 1700X and 1800X.

    For the budget conscious, there's a six-core Ryzen 5 2600, which comes at a price of $199. It has a clock speed between 3.4Ghz and 3.9GHz, and it goes in direct competition with the Intel Core i5-8500. The new chips are produced using company's 12-nanometer Zen+ architecture, which is an upgrade to previous generation chips. The Zen 2is also expected to come out next year.

    AMD is yet to reveal any details about the new Zen chips. We will have to wait for the company to take the wraps off the new chips on April 19th. What we know for sure is that the chips will run on its new X470 AM4 chipset, and they'll support its StoreMI technology. This speeds up the performance of the disk by combining the SSDs, RAM and the conventional hard disks.

    Previously Gigabyte Technology also released a new BIOS for the Gigabyte AM4 motherboards based on the AMD X370, B350, A320 chipsets. With the latest BIOS update, the AM4 motherboards support the new AMD Ryzen Desktop Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics, which fuse both CPU and GPU functions together through new architecture.

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    Not only does this synergy allow for high-end processor performance, it also produces good graphics performance without the addition of dedicated graphics cards. By upgrading their firmware with the newest BIOS updates available on the GIGABYTE official website, users can bring out the full potential of these AM4 motherboards with the Smart Fan 5 technology for cooling and Ultra-Durable PCIe armor for added durability.

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