AMD initially announced its 2nd Generation Ryzen desktop processors back at CES earlier this year. To quickly recap, 2nd Generation Ryzen processors are based on a refined update to the Zen architecture, dubbed Zen+, that offers higher clocks, lower latencies, and a more intelligent Precision Boost 2 algorithm that improves performance, system responsiveness, and power efficiency characteristics. The chips are also manufactured using a more advanced process, however, they still leverage the existing AM4 infrastructure and are compatible with the same socket, chipsets, and motherboards as the first generation products -- with a BIOS / UEFI update, of course. That said, there is a “new” chipset arriving alongside the 2nd Generation Ryzen desktop processors as well, the X470...
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