It was nearly a year ago that AMD debuted its first Ryzen processors, the firm is now debuting its second generation CPUs and making them available for pre-order.
According to AMD, the newly announced desktop processors will deliver high performance, new features, and will be offered at four different price points. Jim Anderson, who is the senior vice president and general manager for AMD states:
“Second generation Ryzen desktop processors take everything that made the original Ryzen so groundbreaking and makes it better – great performance combined with advanced technology to deliver an amazing experience for the most demanding users”
For the first time, AMD is going to include its Wraith cooler with each of its second generation Ryzen desktop processors. Also with a new CPU, comes a new chipset, the AMD X470, which utilizes socket AM4. As you might expect, new motherboards supporting AMD's X470 chipset will also be available, being manufactured by popular brands like ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI.
The new X470 motherboards will be backward compatible with current AM4 processors. AMD also notes that existing 300-series motherboards will also compatible with the new Ryzen processors after a BIOS update. Pre-orders for the new Ryzens will be available starting today and will make their official retail at physical stores on April 19.