AMD is set to releases its second generation Ryzen processors in mid-April, which will bring to the table faster clocks, performance optimizations, and presumably better power efficiency. As to the performance of the new parts, we have been getting sneak peeks through a series of leaks. The latest is an appearance by AMD's upcoming Ryzen 7 2700X processor on Geekbench.
Assuming AMD is also prepping a Ryzen 7 2800X to hang its flagship banner in the mainstream consumer desktop processor category, the Ryzen 7 2700X will sit one rung below, effectively replacing the current generation Ryzen 7 1700X. It will have 8 cores and 16 threads, with a 3.7GHz base clockspeed and 4.35GHz boost clockspeed, according to various leaks up to this point.
In the Geekbench benchmarks run, the rest of the testbed consisted of an ASUS Crosshair VI Hero motherboard (X370 chipset) and 16GB of RAM. The Ryzen 7 2700X scored 4,746 in the single-core test, and 24,772 in the multi-core test. Looking through Geekbench's database, the baseline scores for a Ryzen 7 1700X are 4,062 for the single-core portion of the benchmark and 21,026 for the multi-core test.
If going by the baseline scores, the Ryzen 7 2700X is around 17 percent faster in the single-core test and close to 18 percent faster in the multi-threaded test. That's assuming the database entry is legitimate. If so, we would expect the gaps in single-core and multi-core performance to widen further once AMD officially releases its second generation Ryzen processors with updated drivers, and a new X470 chipset.
The jump in performance is in line with an optimized product refresh. More significant gains are likely to come further down the line when AMD launches Zen 2, otherwise known as "Matisse." If you're confused by all the product names, here's how it breaks down:
Current Ryzen parts are based on AMD's original Zen architecture ("Summit Ridge") and built on a 14-nanometer manufacturing processors. The upcoming second generation Ryzen processors are Zen+ silicon ("Pinnacle Ridge"), with Zen 2 ("Matisse) to follow sometime next year.