Right around two months ago, AMD
rolled out its initial second generation Ryzen
processor lineup consisting of four CPUS, including a pair of 6-core/12-thread SKUs and two 8-core/16-thread chips. That is less than half as many first generation Ryzen
processors that are on the market, spanning from the Ryzen 3 1200 to the Ryzen 7 1800X (mainstream chips only). AMD is planning to launch more CPUs based on its second generation Ryzen architecture (Zen+), however, and there are some leaked benchmarks that give us an idea of what to expect.
Two of the upcoming processors include the Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X. Both of these are quad-core parts, as AMD fleshes out its second generation Ryzen stack on the lower end. Here's how they fit in with the rest of the lineup:
- 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
The specs are not official, of course, and we should note that Geekbench reports different cache amounts. Nevertheless, the above is how we expect things to shake out when these processors arrive.
As to the benchmarks, the Ryzen 5 2500X scored 4,728 in Geekbench's single-core test and 17,291 in the multi-threaded portion of the test, while the Ryzen 3 2300X scored 4,734 and 13,999 in the same tests, respectively. Only 100MHz separates the base clock between the two, and both run at the same boost clock, hence why the single-core scores are virtually the same.
We've taken these scores and plotted them in a graph with our collection of Geekbench test runs to see how performance compares to existing CPUs. Here's a look:
Bear in mind that we did not test the Ryzen 5 2500X or Ryzen 3 2300X, neither of which have been released or even announced yet. That said, the leaked benchmarks for those two CPUs place roughly where we would expect them to be, based on the specs and what we know about the Zen+ architecture.
Assuming the specs and scores are legitimate, the noticeable gap in performance between the Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X is attributable to the higher end part having multi-threaded capabilities, giving it 8 threads to toss at workloads. And even though the boost clocks are the same, we don't know what effect AMD's Precision Boost 2 and XFR 2 are having on each chip.
As for pricing, that remains to be seen as well. For reference, here's how the existing second generation Ryzen lineup is priced on Amazon at the time of this writing:
That gives you an idea of where the Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 5 2300X should settle—almost definitely north of $100, but probably not too far past $150 for the higher end SKU. We should find out soon enough, as we expect these new parts to make a debut sooner than later.