AMD's new Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X are exclusive to prebuilt PCs


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The Ryzen 2500X is a 4-core/8-thread processor with a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boosted frequency of 4.0GHz. It features 10MB of Smart Prefetch cache and a 65W TDP. The Ryzen 3 2300X, meanwhile, lacks SMT support, meaning it has four cores and four threads. It also has 10MB of total cache, a 65W TDP, and is clocked at 3.5-4.0GHz.

While integrated graphics are absent, both the chips support AMD’s Precision Boost Overdrive feature, allowing improved all-core overclocking performance, along with Precision Boost 2 and XFR 2. They’re based on the latest Zen+ architecture, are built on the 12nm process, and support DDR4-2933.

AMD says both chips outperform their previous-gen counterparts by 8 to 10 percent in single and multi-threaded workloads. They work on a single CCX (core complex), rather than being made up of two quad-core dies with two cores disabled on each die. This improves system latency but means the cache size is now smaller.

Only being available within prebuilt systems, at least initially, is different to what we’re used to, but AMD says the chips' exclusivity is so OEMs and SIs can “develop their own unique and attractive systems that target consumers who want an off-the-shelf gaming, family, or SFF desktop PC."

One the first systems to feature the CPUs is Acer’s Nitro 50-100, which is available from $899. More companies are expected to offer the chips within their PCs soon.

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Exclusive OEM parts are nothing new. I wonder if it was also the OEMs that asked for a non-SMT CPU to make their higher priced pre-builds look better.


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The 2500X looked like a great part to get if on a low budget. Too bad it's not a standalone part. But there are other great options out there still.

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A 580 with only 4GB. Vega 56 is not cheap enough yet to cram in under $900 and still make a profit, it seems.