Although AMD confirmed that they’ll be releasing Ryzen 2 and accompanying motherboards based on the X470 chipset last year in April, details of the processor have been leaked. The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor is part of AMD Ryzen 2 family tree and will replace the aging 1st generation Ryzen 5 1600 processor.
According to the leak in Sisoftware Database, the processor will be codenamed “ZD2600BBM68AF_38/34_Y” and will come packing with 6 CPU cores and 12 threads. The processor will feature a 3.4 GHz base clock with boost turbo clock of up to 3.8 GHz. The chip will also include a sizeable 16MB L3 cache and 3 MB of L2 cache all in all.
The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 will have a rating of 65W and will have a similar TDP range of its Ryzen 5 1600 predecessor. It is important to note that the specifications of the second generation Ryzen are very similar to last year’s Ryzen 5 processors.
However, with the introduction of a new 12nm LP process, AMD gives an increase of over 200 Mhz in clock speeds over the previous generation of Ryzen chips. Other notable improvements include the use of “Zen+” architecture over the older Ryzen’s plain “Zen” architecture.
It is also important to note that this could just an engineering sample and that the final retail version of the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 chip could include higher clock speeds when it releases later this year, in April.
Details of accompanying motherboards were also leaked including ASUS’s Crosshair VII Hero motherboard. It will be based on the new X470 chipset and the AM4 socket. AMD will reportedly retain support Ryzen 2 processor support on older motherboards like the ASUS Crosshair VI Hero, that support the X370 chipset.
However, if you want to see extended optimizations for Ryzen 2 with power saving capabilities and other new features, you would be much better getting a motherboard based on the X470 chipset.
The latest leaks seem to point to the fact that AMD will be launching their Ryzen 2 processors on time with their X470 platform in hand.
In other AMD Ryzen related news, AMD also made mention in CES 2018 that their Ryzen Threadripper CPUs will be getting 12nm Zen+ Cores and that the Raven Ridge for the desktop will be arriving an X470 refresh platform.
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