AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen (Zen+) 2600X 2700X Preview
Published: 13th April 2018 | Source: AMD | Price: |
Packaging and Stock Cooling Solutions
The unboxing experience for AMD's Ryzen 2nd Generation is almost identical to their predecessors, at least compared to Ryzen 1000 series models with bundled stock cooling solutions.
AMD's flagship 2700X will ship with a new stock cooler design, capitalising on the popularity of RGB illumination to offer a unique top-down heatsink design with a premium aesthetic. This new cooler is called the Wraith Prism, which now provides RGB illuminated fan blades as well as the RGB ring which was included on the company's last-generation Wraith Max Cooling solution.
AMD's new Wraith Prism cooler offers a traditional latch-style mounting system, making it compliant with both AM4 motherboards and older AM3+/FM2+ sockets, not that many people will be mounting this stock cooler onto older motherboards. Those who dislike RGB illumination can also opt to disable the cooler's RGB functionality entirely, all you have to do is unplug the cables that give power to cooler's RGB functions.
AMD's other stock coolers, the Wraith Stealth and Wraith Spire use a screw-in mounting system, making them compliant with AM4 sockets exclusively.
Unlike AMD's Ryzen 1st Generation product stack, this time AMD has opted to release all of their Ryzen 2nd Generation products with stock/reference cooling solutions. Contrast this to Intel who doesn't offer stock coolers with any of their overclockable CPUs.
Much like its predecessor, the Ryzen 7 2700 will release with AMD's Wraith Spire cooling solution, though this time AMD will only offer users with the option for RED LED illumination.
The Ryzen 5 2600X will release with a stock cooling solution, with a Wraith Spire non-LED cooling solution. The addition of a cooler has added a lot of extra value to AMD's Ryzen 5 X600X series processor, allowing it to be used without the need for an aftermarket cooling solution.
Moving down to AMD's low-TDP Ryzen 5 2600, we see the only downgrade in Ryzen 2000's stock cooling department, bundling a Wraith Stealth cooling solution instead of the Wraith Spire, which shipped with Ryzen 5 1600 CPUs.
This change will no doubt disappoint the budget overclockers who purchased the Ryzen 5 1600 en masse, though it showcases AMD's confidence that their 2nd Generation Ryzen 6-core will operate properly with a low-profile cooler.