AMD Ryzen 2 & AMD X470 review
AMD's 2nd generation Ryzen processors have arrived! AMD presents Ryzen 2 (code name Pinnacle Ridge) as a major improvement, with many optimizations. We have, of course, ran some tests to find out what those improvements are. How fast are these CPUs compared to Intel? Has AMD made the right changes? We set to work with the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, AMD Ryzen 7 2700 and AMD Ryzen 5 2600X. In this review you will also read about our experiences with the first X470 motherboards.
Anyone following us on Facebook or Instagram already saw that an AMD review kit had arrived in the Hardware.Info test lab last week. Now we can tell you all about the performance and all the other aspects of the Ryzen 2 processors.
If you have not jumped directly to the pages with benchmarks: this review is not exactly small in size, so here is a small reading guide. On the next page we will briefly look at what AMD has brought about in the past year with the introduction of its Ryzen processors. Then we take a dive into the underlying architecture, so that you can put all the improvements that the architectural optimisations, new features and last but not least the 12nm production process in the right perspective.
In addition to our usual benchmark suite with a wide selection of synthetic and practical benchmarks, we also performed quite a few additional tests. We look at the so-called IPC, or the efficiency of architecture, but also at the latencies of the cores and caches, and investigate the effect of faster memory on Ryzen 2. And as usual, we couldn't resist trying to overclock the brand new Ryzen 2 as far as possible.
And that is just the beginning! From page 26 of this review you can read all about the AMD X470 chip set that was also launched recently. We've already tested the first six X470 motherboards from ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI, so we're comparing them extensively. In the conclusion we will of course tell you what the recommendations are - both in terms of CPUs and the new motherboards.
Besides the Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600X that we are testing today, AMD also introduces the Ryzen 5 2600. Unfortunately, they didn't want to send a test model of it yet, but the review will follow as soon as possible! For now: sit back and relax, because in the next 10000 or so words we will tell you all about Ryzen 2!
This article is the result of contributions from Reinoud Dik and Tomas Hochstenbach.