AMD’s Ryzen 7 2700X chip has appeared online, following earlier leaks of the Ryzen 5 2600 processor last month. This eight-core chip will succeed the popular Ryzen 7 1700X from the first generation, and will launch alongside the rest of AMD’s Ryzen 2 chips in April.
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The news comes in the form of a 3DMark result - reported by ComputerBase - which indicates a 300MHz clockspeed bump for the eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 2700X over the its older Ryzen 7 1700X counterpart - resulting in a base clockspeed bump from 3.4 to 3.7GHz, and a boost clock from 3.8 to 4.1GHz.
Precision Boost 2 could see those clockspeed increases end up being a little more meaningful to frame rates than they may appear at first glance - which we think could put AMD in with a chance to take the gaming crown from Intel. The changes to the all-core boost algorithm could lead to higher sustained clocks under load, and with the added 200 - 300MHz boost, this could really aid gaming performance.
There’s also another 3DMark result indicating a 4.2GHz clockspeed, but it seems likely that this is due to XFR increasing clocks by another 100MHz - thanks to available thermal overhead.
AMD’s second-gen Ryzen chips don’t feature any considerable architectural changes over their forebears and performance isn’t expected to jump massively between the two when these chips launch in April. However, they are built on the improved 12nm process for the Zen+ microarchitecture and this - along with improvements to the SenseMI tech - should give Ryzen enough sticking power to compete with Intel’s Coffee Lake chips, which are set to launch between March and April.