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AMD unveils low power, high-performance E-Series and X Series CPUs

While most eyes have turned to next year’s Zen 2 architecture, AMD has continued to bolster its mid-range 2nd Generation Ryzen line-up. Introducing two X Series and two E Series CPUs, AMD has focused on delivering higher performance while lowering power consumption, achieving unprecedented TDP targets for the company.

AMD unveiled the new Ryzen 5 2500X and the Ryzen 3 2300X earlier this week, replacing their 1st generation predecessors, the Ryzen 5 1500X and Ryzen 5 1300X respectively. While each still carry a 3.5GHz base clock, the addition of Precision Boost 2 and XFR 2 within 2nd generation Ryzen processors allows for the Ryzen 5 2500X and the Ryzen 3 2300X to hit a boost of 4GHz.

The 12nm architecture allows for an 8-10 percent performance increase, with an 8MB cache and a 65W TDP. Both chips will come supporting DDR4-2,933MHz memory, however users will have to buy their own cooler as AMD is shipping its X Series chips standalone.

Zen Cores / Threads Base / Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP Price
Ryzen 7 2700X Zen+ 8 / 16 3.7GHz – 4.3GHz 16 105W $329
Ryzen 7 2700 Zen+ 8 / 16 3.2GHz – 4.1GHz 16 65W $299
Ryzen 7 2700E Zen+ 8 / 16 2.8GHz – 4.0GHz 16 45W
Ryzen 5 2600X Zen+ 6 / 12 3.6GHz – 4.2GHz 16 95W $229
Ryzen 5 2600 Zen+ 6 / 12 3.4GHz – 3,9GHz 16 65W $199
Ryzen 5 2600E Zen+ 6 / 12 3.1GHz – 4.0GHz 16 45W
Ryzen 5 2500X Zen+ 4 / 8 3.6GHz – 4.0GHz 8 65W
Ryzen 5 2400G Zen 4 / 8 3.6GHz – 3.9GHz 6 65W $169
Ryzen 5 2400GE Zen 4 / 8 3.2GHz – 3.8GHz 6 35W Not For Retail
Ryzen 3 2300X Zen+ 4 / 4 3.5GHz – 4.0GHz 8 65W
Ryzen 3 2200G Zen 4 / 4 3.5GHz – 3.7GHz 6 65W $99
Ryzen 3 2200GE Zen 4 / 4 3.2GHz – 3.6GHz 6 35W Not For Retail

Interestingly, AMD omitted the Ryzen 7 2700E and Ryzen 5 2600E from its presentation, quietly revealing them within the official specs template that accompanied the announcement. The 8-core/16-thread 2700E sports a 2.8GHz while the 6-core/12-thread 2600E sits a little higher with 3.1GHz. Neither processors support Precision Boost Overdrive, however both have a turbo frequency of 4GHz, with a higher 16MB cache and a lower 45W TDP.

This is the first time that AMD has hit a 45W TDP on 8-core and 6-core processors. With less of a need for high-performance cooling, the Ryzen 7 2700E and Ryzen 5 2600E are prime for small form-factor builds.

The first sighting of the Ryzen 5 2500X can be seen in the Acer Nitro 50, according to AnandTech, making the chips “immediately available.” Despite this, AMD has yet to unveil the individual sales prices of any of the four chips or when they will hit store shelves.

KitGuru Says: It will be interesting to see if the 2700E and 2600E fetch decently lower prices than their 65W counterparts. Hopefully the 4GHz clock can maintain stability when boosted, but it’s worth noting that performance may vary. What do you think about the new X and E Series entries?

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