It was several months ago when AMD confirmed plans to introduce quad-core CPUs to its second-generation Ryzen family, and one particular SKU that has shown up in numerous leaks since then is the Ryzen 5 2500X. That same processor has made yet another appearance, this time as the foundation for a new Acer Nitro gaming desktop.
Acer's new Nitro N50-100 with a Ryzen 5 2500X inside shows up on a couple of its foreign websites, including a product listing on its German portal and a sales page in its web store in Slovakia. The asking price is 934.5 euros, which is around $1,105 in US currency. In addition to having a Ryzen 5 2500X, the Nitro N50-100 sports 8GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and a Radeon RX 580 (4GB) graphics card. For storage, it features a 256GB SSD paired with a 1TB HDD.
The Ryzen 5 2500X is the most interesting part, mostly because AMD has not formally launched the SKU yet. Nevertheless, we have seen it show up in the wild already. It is a 4-core/8-thread CPU with a 3.6GHz base clock and 4GHz turbo clock, 19MB of total cache, and a 65W TDP. Here's how it aligns with AMD's other second-gen Ryzen chips (along with the Ryzen 3 2300X, which also is not yet available).
- Ryzen 7 2700X: 8 cores / 16 threads, 3.7GHz to 4.3GHz, 20MB total cache, 105W TDP
- Ryzen 7 2700: 8 cores / 16 threads, 3.2GHz to 4.1GHz, 20MB total cache, 65W TDP
- Ryzen 5 2600X: 6 cores / 12 threads, 3.6GHz to 4.2GHz, 19MB total cache, 95W TDP
- Ryzen 5 2600: 6 cores / 12 threads, 3.4GHz to 3.9GHz, 19MB total cache, 65W TDP
- Ryzen 5 2500X: 4 cores / 8 threads, 3.6GHz to 4GHz, 18MB total cache, 65W TDP
- Ryzen 3 2300X: 4 cores / 4 threads, 3.5GHz to 4GHz, 10MB total cache, 65W TDP
From what we have seen in previous leaks, the Ryzen 5 2500X could offer some decent overclocking headroom. A supposed early sample was shown to overclock to 4.3GHz using a 240mm water cooling setup. It was then run through Cinebench R15, where it scored 1,006 in the multi-threaded portion of the benchmark. For reference, here is a look at our own collection of scores:
Assuming the score is real, the Ryzen 5 2500X places right where would expect it to, given its core and thread counts, and clockspeed. With a 300MHz overclock, it is able to nudge ahead of Intel's Core i5-8400 Coffee Lake processor.
We'll have to wait and see how much Acer's Nitro desktop ends up costing in the US. At the current exchange rate, however, that's not a bad setup for $1,105.