AMD launched the Ryzen 7 processors in March 2017, and rumours are starting to coalesce around an early 2018 launch of the second-generation Ryzen 7 processors. Let us share with you the leaked AMD Ryzen 2 price, specifications and availability, and see if they are plausible or fake!
AMD On This AMD Ryzen 2 Rumour New!
We spoke to an AMD spokesperson about this Ryzen 2 rumour, who said that “AMD does not comment on Internet rumours“.
The AMD Ryzen 2 Processors
Colloquially known as Ryzen 2, they promise even to deliver even better price-performance value than their award-winning Ryzen brethren. But calling the actual models Ryzen 2 is confusing, because the Ryzen family is split into three numerically-named lines – Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3.
Officially, they should be known as the 2000 series, like so :
- AMD Ryzen 7 2000 Series
- AMD Ryzen 5 2000 Series
- AMD Ryzen 3 2000 Series
AMD will start off with the Ryzen 7 2000 Series, launching three 12-core, 24-thread models :
- AMD Ryzen 7 2800X – 4.6 GHz base, 5.1 GHz boost
- AMD Ryzen 7 2800 – 4.4 GHz base, 4.9 GHz boost
- AMD Ryzen 7 2700 – 4.0 GHz base, 4.5 GHz boost
The Leaked AMD Ryzen 2 Specifications
Here are the leaked specifications of the AMD Ryzen 2 processors. To be more accurate, the leaked specifications of the AMD Ryzen 7 2000 Series processors.
|Specifications||AMD Ryzen 7 2800X||AMD Ryzen 7 2800||AMD Ryzen 7 2700|
|Process Technology||12 nm FinFET||12 nm FinFET||12 nm FinFET|
|Number of Simultaneous Threads||24||24||24|
|L2 Cache Size||6 MB||6 MB||6 MB|
|L3 Cache Size||24 MB||24 MB||24 MB|
|Base Clock Speed||4.6 GHz||4.4 GHz||4.0 GHz|
|Boost Clock Speed||5.1 GHz||4.9 GHz||4.5 GHz|
|Bundled CPU Cooler||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown|
|Launch Price (2018-02-01)||US$ 449||US$ 399||US$ 329|
How Much Faster Is AMD Ryzen 2? Updated!
Performance results are still scant, but here are the leaked performance results :
While the leaked slide may quote 75% to 82% better performance over the existing Ryzen 7 processors, they seem a bit farfetched.
Adding 50% more cores would only give the new Ryzen 2 processors a 50% boost in performance in a perfect world. Even that will only be seen in certain applications that are capable of fully-utilising so many cores.
It is unlikely to deliver 75% to 82% better performance, even after you factor in the higher clock speeds in the best case scenario.
Possible Game Mode?
While it’s not stated, it is possible that these AMD Ryzen 2 processors will feature a Game Mode, similar to the Threadripper Game Mode.
This would allow the Ryzen 2 processors to achieve a much higher clock speed, without an increase in TDP and power consumption.
- In the default Creator Mode, all 12 cores and 24 threads will be available for use.
- In the Game Mode, only half of the cores and threads (6 cores, 12 threads) will be available for use, but the active cores will be able to clock higher at the same TDP.
The Threadripper Game Mode boosts the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X’s gaming performance by 10% to 38%. So we think it’s very likely that AMD will introduce the Game Mode to the Ryzen 2 processors.
The AMD Ryzen 2 Price & Availability
Interestingly, the AMD Ryzen 2 are rumoured to be priced at slightly lower price points than the AMD Ryzen processors they “replace”. Take a look :
|AMD Ryzen Models||AMD Ryzen 2 Models||Difference|
|AMD Ryzen 1800X|
|AMD Ryzen 2800X|
|AMD Ryzen 1700X|
|AMD Ryzen 2800|
|AMD Ryzen 1700|
|AMD Ryzen 2700|
Frankly speaking, these are the most puzzling part of the leak. A price drop for more cores? That’s really quite unlikely. It would make far more sense for the new Ryzen 2 parts to remain at the same price points (or even priced higher), and the current Ryzen 7 processors getting a price cut.
The leak claims that AMD will officially launch the AMD Ryzen 7 2000 Series processors on 1 February 2018, with pre-orders kicking off on 16 January 2018. This is plausible, because AMD will be at CES 2018, which runs from 10-12 January 2018.
Caveat & Verdict
These leaks (the screenshot is purportedly from Kitguru or 4chan) have NOT been confirmed. We will update the article with new information, as and when they come along.
Our verdict? This is most likely fake. It’s much too big of a jump. It can’t be a multi-chip module like Threadripper, because it would mean a new socket and motherboard. It would also be too short of a time-frame for a new larger die.
The 12 nm process technology is also quite unlikely, as TSMC only just started cranking up their 12 nm volume production, and they have only announced that it would be used for NVIDIA Volta, NVIDIA Xavier, HiSilicon Miami and MediaTek Helio SoCs. GlobalFoundries, on the other hand, just announced in September their plans to introduce 12LP FinFET technology, so they’re not yet ready.
What’s even more unlikely is the lower price points. Such a larger die would cost more to make (with higher failure rates). It would also cannibalise the sale of current Ryzen processors that already offer great value for money, and their premium Threadripper line.
The only truly plausible part of the rumour is the naming convention, but that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?
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