AMD Ryzen 2 (5 and 7) processors and Ryzen CPUs with built-in Radeon Vega graphics – the best PC gaming and workstation solutions
In January 2018, AMD announced the imminent arrival of the second generation of its Intel-beating Ryzen processors called Ryzen 2.
Without a doubt, AMD has made a remarkable transition from trailing Intel badly to becoming the best desktop processor manufacture and posing a serious threat to Intel in the laptop processor market, which AMD has never come close to dominating.
The four models shipped to the UK on April 19, 2018. The image above provides their model names, initial prices and main specifications.
The second generation of Ryzen CPUs have 2 as the first number in their model names
How to distinguish between the two generations.The first generation chips have 1 as the first number in their model names – Ryzen 7 1800X – Ryzen 7 1700X – Ryzen 7 1700 – Ryzen 5 1600X – Ryzen 5 1600. The second generation chips have 2 as the first number in their model names – Ryzen 7 2700X – Ryzen 7 2700 – Ryzen 5 2600X – Ryzen 5 2600.
Note that the first-generation Ryzen 7 1800X has not been superseded by a second-generation Ryzen 7 2800X model. Its arrival is expected later in 2018.
Also note that neither the first or second generations of Ryzen CPUs provide an inbuilt graphics chip, as AMD’s Ryzen processors with Radeon Vega graphics and the AMD APU processors do.
Read more about the very affordable Ryzen processors with Radeon Vega graphics further down in this article.
In other words, a Ryzen and Ryzen 2 system has to have at least a single graphics card installed on the motherboard or a graphics chip integrated on the motherboard.
Max number of GPU graphic cards on a motherboard –
Amazingly, these second-generation processors use a 12mn manufacturing process, which is superior to Intel’s current 14nm process. The smaller the fabrication process, the better. Moreover, they don’t use a new processor socket.
Apparently, AMD has plans to reduce its fabrication process down to 9nm.
All of the second-generation models use AMD’s AM4 socket created for the first generation of Ryzen CPUs.
AMD Ryzen desktop processors with inbuilt Radeon Vega graphics
The best bargains of all for most computer users, who just want an excellent workstation, are the Ryzen processors that incorporate Radeon Vega graphic chips.
Two models are available – AMD Ryzen 5 2400G ($169) or Ryzen 3 2200G ($99). Fantastic value! When I build a new desktop PC for myself or someone else, I’ll use one of these. Probably the Ryzen 3 2200G.
Have a look at their specifications. Here is an article that provides them:
10 Facts About the New AMD Ryzen Desktop Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics –
Significant increases in performance and power efficiency
According to AMD, the new Ryzen processors provide significant increases in performance and power efficiency over the first-generation CPUs.
The best reviews of the new CPUs are on YouTube. Here is a long example. There are many others.
AMD Ryzen 2600X 2700X Gen 2 Review and Overclocking –