For pretty much a decade, the processor market was pretty much stagnant. Quad-core was the standard for high-end desktops, while “thin-and-light” laptops were powered by dual-core parts.

Then Ryzen came along.

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This slide from AMD’s deck covering the launch of the 2nd-generation Ryzen pretty much says it all.

How Ryzen shook up the processor market

And it’s been pretty obvious that since Ryzen dropped, AMD’s main competitor, the chip behemoth Intel, has been on the back foot.

And the new 2nd-generation Ryzen chips landing today means more bad news for Intel over the coming year.

Four chips are being released today:

Ryzen 7 2700X

  • 8-core/16-threads
  • 4.3GHz max/3.7GHz base
  • 20MB cache
  • 105W TDP
  • Wraith Prism (LED) cooler
  • $329

Ryzen 7 2700

  • 8-core/16-threads
  • 4.1GHz max/3.2GHz base
  • 20MB cache
  • 65W TDP
  • Wraith Spire (LED) cooler
  • $299

Ryzen 5 2600X

  • 6-core/12-threads
  • 4.2GHz max/3.6GHz base
  • 19MB cache
  • 95W TDP
  • Wraith Spire cooler
  • $229

Ryzen 5 2600

  • 6-core/12-threads
  • 3.9GHz max/3.4GHz base
  • 19MB cache
  • 65W TDP
  • Wraith Stealth cooler
  • $199

One welcomed feature of the 2nd-generation Ryzen line is the inclusion of a cooler – and a quality one at that – with all processors (only selected processors from the 1st generation line shipped with a cooler). This will save buyers both time and money, since a cooler of corresponding quality costs around $20.

While we’re on the subject of cooling, while you can’t tell by looking at the chips, the 2nd-generation Ryzen parts also…

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