AMD made the surprise announcement that it is releasing the new Ryzen 5 2500X and the Ryzen 3 2300X processors, but they are only available in new OEM systems. The Ryzen 5 2500X is available now in the Acer Nitro N50-100 desktop PC, which retails for $900, but the company hasn't announced availability for other OEM systems. We're following up with AMD to determine if the new chips will come to the retail market and will update as necessary. The press release states:
We encourage you to work with your local system builders to discover the options that are available, as these will be available in OEM and SI systems only, and when further systems become available, AMD will update shop.amd.com for quick, easy reference.
As expected, the chips come bearing the Zen+ optimizations that include 12nm manufacturing, improved memory and cache latency, higher clock rates, and enhanced multi-core Precision Boost frequencies.
|Ryzen 5 2500X||Ryzen 5 1500X||Ryzen 3 2300X||Ryzen 3 1300X||Core |
|Architecture||Zen+||Zen||Zen+||Zen||Coffee Lake||Coffee Lake|
|Cores / Threads||4 / 8||4 / 8||4 / 4||4 /4||4 / 4||2 / 4|
|Frequency Base / Boost||3.6 / 4.0||3.5 / 3.7||3.5 / 4.0||3.5 / 3.7||3.6 / -||3.9 / -|
|Integrated Graphics||No||No||No||No||UHD Graphics 630||UHD Graphics 630|
AMD says the new models have the dual-CCX design but only feature one active die. That results in only 8MB of cache for the Ryzen 5 2500X, while its predecessor featured 16MB. These changes should result in somewhat different performance characteristics, and AMD says that they chips are eight to ten percent faster in single and multi-threaded workloads than the previous-gen models.
AMD has improved boost clock frequencies by 300 MHz for both models, but the Ryzen 3 2300X has the same base frequency while the Ryzen 5 2500X receives a 100MHz bump. Both processors feature the same 65W TDP and support DDR4-2933, which is a step up from the previous-gen's DDR4-2667 support.