Well, what do we have here? It appears as though AMD is getting ready to launch a special version of its Ryzen 7 2700X processor to commemorate 50 years in the semiconductor business, a milestone it will reach just over two weeks from now, on May 1. If you recall, Intel did something similar in celebration of 40 years of x86 computing with its Core i7-8086K 40th Anniversary CPU.
It seems hard to believe, but AMD has been around for five decades, coming into existence less than four months after Richard Nixon replaced Lyndon B. Johnson as President of the United States. More specifically, AMD was founded on May 1, 1969, by Jerry Sanders, an electrical engineer, and a bunch of his colleagues from Fairchild Semiconductor.
Quite a bit has transpired since then, not the least of which is AMD's rise back to the enthusiast discussion with its Zen CPU architecture. Appropriately enough, AMD appears to be readying a 50th Anniversary Edition of its top-end mainstream processor, the Ryzen 7 2700X.
There is a listing for the Ryzen 7 2700X 50th Anniversary Edition at Bottom Line Telecommunications, an online shopping site better known as ShopBLT. Unfortunately, the listing is rather bare—the only details are the model number (YD270XBGAFA50) and the inclusion of a Wraith Prism cooler.
The listing does not provide any information on what separates the Anniversary Edition SKU from the regular Ryzen 7 2700X. If we had to guess, though, we'd say it will feature the same 8-core/16-thread arrangement as the regular chip, but with faster clockspeeds. For reference, a regular Ryzen 7 2700X has a 3.7GHz base clock and 4.35GHz boost clock, along with 20MB of L2+L3 cache.
It is worth noting that AMD is getting ready to roll out new Zen 2 (Ryzen 3000) processors. Despite being called Zen 2, these new chips will actually be third generation Zen parts, following Zen (Ryzen 1000) and Zen+ (Ryzen 2000). Assuming the Ryzen 7 2700X 50th Anniversary Edition CPU is real, it will be interesting to see how aggressively clocked it is, and/or what other features it boasts that might tempt users not to wait for Zen 2 products.
The listing shows it is not yet available to order, and there is no mention of price. However, when first loading the product page, it briefly shows a price of $340.95, as shown above. A regular Ryzen 7 2700X with a Wraith Prism cooler bundled in currently goes for $249.94 on Amazon (down from $329).