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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X & Ryzen 5 2600 Review Leaked – Features Faster Inter-Core Communication, Lower Cache Latency & Higher Bandwidth


We're quickly approaching AMD's 2nd generation Ryzen CPU launch on the 19th of April and the leaks just keep on coming. This time we got nothing short of a full review by Sisoftware, courtesy of videocardz.

The review provides a detailed performance overview of the upcoming Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600. These are AMD's upcoming flagship and entry level CPU only Ryzen 2000 series chips. The 2700X will be the top-end offering from the company on the AM4 socket at launch, whilst the Ryzen 5 2600 will be the company's entry level Ryzen 5 part.

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The specifcations and pricing of the entire Ryzen 2000 series CPU lineup has been confirmed earlier today, thanks to several online retailer listings. With that said, let's dig into the new benchmarks!

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X & Ryzen 5 2600 Performance Benchmarks

These are a lot of charts to digest, but overall the Ryzen 7 2700X is anywhere from 12-18% faster than the Ryzen 7 1700X that it replaces. Interestingly, what our sources have been telling us about improved L3 and L2 cache latency and other tidbits have also been confirmed.

The 2700X doesn't only enjoy faster inter-core communication and lower cache and memory latency, it also has higher overall cache bandwidth compared to its first generation counterpart. And the differences aren't small either, we're talking about up to 32% greater bandwidth.

Cache latency, bandwidth and inter-core communication are all important for gaming performance specifically and performance in general. Those improvements coupled with faster DDR4, which 2nd gen Ryzen now supports, could have a meaningful impact on how well 2nd gen Ryzen performs in games. Unfortunately however, there are no gaming benchmarks to examine yet, but fear not it won't be long before we do.

Again, our sources have told us that most Ryzen 7 2700X chips will reliably overclock to 4.4 GHz and can support up to 4000 MHz DDR4 memory on high-end motherboards. On average the 2nd generation Ryzen parts will also run at 400 MHz higher than their predecessors, thanks to improvements to frequency turbo algorithms and a more refined 14nm+ process node.

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All in all it's looking really good for Ryzen 2, so stay tuned for more folks!

BaseTurbo TDPDDR4 SpecCoolerRumored
Ryzen 7 2700X8/163.7 GHz4.35 GHz105W2933 MHzWraith Prism$369$329
Ryzen 7 27008/163.2 GHz4.1 GHz65W2933 MHzWraith Spire$299$299
Ryzen 5 2600X6/123.6 GHz4.25 GHz95W2933 MHzWraith Spire$249$229
Ryzen 5 26006/123.4 GHz3.9 GHz65W2933 MHzWraith Stealth$199$199