AMD Launches Ryzen 5 2500X And Ryzen 3 2300X In OEM Systems Only

Paul Alcorn |
AMD made the surprise announcement that it is releasing the new Ryzen 5 2500X and the Ryzen 3 2300X processors, but they are only available in new OEM systems. The Ryzen 5 2500X is available now in the Acer Nitro N50-100 desktop PC, which retails for $900, but the company hasn't announced availability for other OEM systems. We're following up with AMD to determine if the new chips will come to the retail market and will update as necessary. The press release states:

We encourage you to work with your local system builders to discover the options that are available, as these will be available in OEM and SI systems only, and when further systems become available, AMD will update shop.amd.com for quick, easy reference.

As expected, the chips come bearing the Zen+ optimizations that include 12nm manufacturing, improved memory and cache latency, higher clock rates, and enhanced multi-core Precision Boost frequencies.


Ryzen 5 2500X
Ryzen 5 1500X
Ryzen 3 2300X
Ryzen 3 1300X
Core
i3-8100
Pentium
Gold
G5600
TDP
65W
65W
65W
65W
65W
54W
Architecture
Zen+
Zen
Zen+
Zen
Coffee Lake
Coffee Lake
Process
12nm
14nm
12nm
14nm
14nm++
14nm++
Cores / Threads
4 / 8
4 / 8
4 / 4
4 /4
4 / 4
2 / 4
Frequency Base / Boost
3.6 / 4.0
3.5 / 3.7
3.5 / 4.0
3.5 / 3.7
3.6 / -
3.9 / -
Memory Speed
DDR4-2933
DDR4-2667
DDR4-2933
DDR4-2667
DDR4-2400DDR4-2400
Memory Controller
Dual-ChannelDual-ChannelDual-ChannelDual-ChannelDual-ChannelDual-Channel
Cache (L3)
8MB
16MB
8MB
8MB
6MB
4MB
Integrated Graphics
No
No
No
No
UHD Graphics 630UHD Graphics 630
Unlocked Multiplier
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
MSRP
N/A

N/A
$124
$117
$86

AMD says the new models have the dual-CCX design but only feature one active die. That results in only 8MB of cache for the Ryzen 5 2500X, while its predecessor featured 16MB. These changes should result in somewhat different performance characteristics, and AMD says that they chips are eight to ten percent faster in single and multi-threaded workloads than the previous-gen models.

AMD has improved boost clock frequencies by 300 MHz for both models, but the Ryzen 3 2300X has the same base frequency while the Ryzen 5 2500X receives a 100MHz bump. Both processors feature the same 65W TDP and support DDR4-2933, which is a step up from the previous-gen's DDR4-2667 support.

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Paul Alcorn, Contributing Editor

Paul Alcorn is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He writes news and reviews on CPUs, storage and enterprise hardware.