Product Showcase - Ryzen processor
Alright, it's time for some photos. We received the two Ryzen 2000 Series processors. Once you have one in your hand you realize these actually are a little heavy.
The Ryzen 5 2600X processor clocks in at a base-clock of 3.6 GHz, yet can Turbo to 4.25 GHz depending on load levels versus active threads. The Ryzen 7 2700X clocks in at a base-clock of 3.7 GHz, yet can Turbo to 4.3 GHz depending on load levels versus active threads (with the right conditions). These are considerable boosts over the previous generation.
Given it's an 8-core architecture, AMD is really nicely managing that clock frequency. Not bad for 329 USD really, eh?
For best fine-grained Turbo support, we do recommend a series 400 motherboard, X470 of course. Tweak it a little, pop in a mainstream graphics card and you'll have a very sweet gaming rig. Bear in mind that with a BIOS update the 300 series chipsets will work well. So yes, you can use an X370 motherboard. However, Turbos are more precise on the new X470 series, as well as XFR2.
We test with X470 today and the Ryzen 7 2700X, this is the C7H from ASUS. We'll use liquid cooling on this CPU, however, we'll show air-cooled results with a stock cooler in the Ryzen 5 2600X review.