Details of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X leak — 8C/16T at up to 4.2 GHz turbo clock
Last month, we reported about a new AMD Ryzen 5 2600 'Pinnacle Ridge' leak, which showed considerable performance gains over the current Ryzen 5 'Summit Ridge' offerings. Now, another 'Pinnacle Ridge' chip has leaked and this time it is the high-end Ryzen 7 2700X.
The leak comes courtesy of Futuremark's 3DMark database that reveals some specifications of the Ryzen 7 2700X. The 2700X is an 8 core 16 thread CPU, which comes with 20 MB cache (16 MB L3 + 4 MB L2) and is rated at a 95W TDP. The specs are similar to the Ryzen 7 1700X but the 2700X can operate at 300 MHz higher base and turbo clocks (3.7 GHz and 4.1 GHz respectively) compared to the former. It might as well push up to 4.2 GHz turbo thanks to XFR 2.0 (eXtended Frequency Range) and Precision Boost 2.0 technologies that are set to debut with the Ryzen 2 generation.
The Ryzen 2 generation is part of the Zen+ family and should not be mistaken for the Zen 2 architecture. Zen2, codenamed 'Matisse', is set for a 2019 debut and will be based on a 7nm process. What we are looking at here is a refresh of the original Zen architecture with the main change being the transition to a 12nm process from the earlier 14nm. 'Pinnacle Ridge' is, therefore, essentially a revamped 'Summit Ridge' with optimizations for improved performance, clocks, and hopefully, power efficiency.
While Ryzen 2 will be compatible with current Socket AM4 motherboards in the market, there are new 400-series chipsets being readied to take full advantage of the platform. The X470 and related chipset based motherboards along with the entire Ryzen 2 lineup is expected to be available from April 2018. It will be an interesting comparison, no doubt, to see what improvements AMD brings to the table in both the desktop and notebook form factors in this generation and how it all fares when compared to similar offerings from Intel.