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Ryzen 7 2700 And Ryzen 5 2600: All You Need To Know

When AMD launched its 2nd Generation Ryzen processors, we initially examined to the two top-end “X” variants -- the current flagship 8-core Ryzen 7 2700X and its 6-core cousin, the Ryzen 5 2600X. Of course, we love looking at the latest and greatest high-end hardware around here, but as is often the case, scaled-down versions of a particular product commonly offer significant value, without sacrificing much in terms of performance or features. With that in mind, we were eager to see what the lower-priced Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600 could do. These processor are virtually identical to their X-branded counterparts after all, and because they’re unlocked, tweaking a few settings could offer some big performance gains.

We’ve got the main features and specifications for the first wave of 2nd Generation Ryzen processors outlined in the tabled below. Take a look at what we’re dealing with here, then we’ll dive in a little deeper and see where the parts fit in the current desktop processor landscape...