AMD Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge 2018 Release, Specs and Motherboards

So AMD released their Ryzen range of CPU’s in 2017 and put AMD back on the map in the CPU market, so much so that Intel are now scrambling to catch up, they are reported to be releasing 6 and 8 core CPU’s in 2018 to try and compete with the Ryzen chips.

We are hoping however that AMD will make enough improvements with the Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge chips to keep ahead of Intel in the bang for buck department, for both gaming and workstation PC’s.

Ryzen 2 Release Date

So the first generation of Ryzen CPU’s was released in March 2017, however, we are expecting Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge to launch in February for the Ryzen 7, followed by March for the Ryzen 5 and 3. We suspect that they are moving the Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge release date forward to compete with Intel releasing Ice lake.

It seems that Both Intel and AMD are now in overdrive to outdo each other, which is great news for the consumer because we will get more performance for the money.

Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge Motherboards

So along with the new Ryzen 2 CPU’s we can expect to see new motherboards to go with them. We are expecting a new 400 series chipset which will bring improvements over the current generation. We don’t know though what those improvements may be yet.

The new  X470 and B450 motherboards will be direct upgrades over the current X370 and B350 chipsets. We will release more updates on the X470 and B450 chipsets as soon as the information is available. However, so far AMD has been keeping the cards close to their chest in regards to any specs or upgrades.

What we do know though is that the new chipsets are going to be using the same AM4 socket that the current Ryzen CPU’s utilize, meaning that if you buy a Ryzen CPU now or if you already have a current Ryzen CPU then you can upgrade to the Pinnacle Ridge CPU’s without a hiccup.

This is one area where AMD has always beat out Intel, since Intel seem to change their sockets more often, requiring their users to upgrade their motherboards more often than is possibly necessary. It is expected that AMD will stick with the AM4 socket for the next few years. Which means anyone who likes to upgrade their CPU’s often will be saving, even more, money by going with AMD.

Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge Specs

The new family of processors is based on the company’s Zen+ CPU microarchitecture, built on 12nm Leading Performance process technology at Globalfoundries. The company will begin the rollout of Pinnacle Ridge starting with Ryzen 7 in February, followed by Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 in March.

The new family of processors will be based on the new Zen+ CPU microarchitecture,  built on the new 12nm process which is expected to improve power efficiency and performance.

Ryzen was a massive improvement over the Bulldozer range of CPU’s so we are expecting the Zen+ Pinnacle Ridge CPU’s to be more of an iterative upgrade. We are expecting a reasonable bump in performance, but we just hope that this time around they have ironed out all the issues that came with the original release of Ryzen and we can actually utilize all the performance that Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge has to offer.

So with it being an iterative update, we are expecting core counts to stay the same, even though Intel is planning to finally add more cores to their range so that they can stay competitive.

Once Pinnacle Ridge is released we will be sure to release detailed benchmarks on performance. But for now, we haven’t had anything from AMD and will have to wait until the new CPU’s are launched in February.

AMD Roadmap

So AMD has released their plans up until 2019 and the future looks bright for Ryzen and AMD in general.

This shows that AMD will be retaining the AM4 Socket so it still makes sense to buy now rather than later. If you are in the market for a CPU now, then you won’t be losing out if you buy the current generation of Ryzen CPU’s. AMD work on a tick tock release schedule, so you can buy the current Ryzen CPU, then wait until 2019 when AMD release their Matisse range of CPU’s which will be a larger jump in performance.

The Matisse range of CPU’s will still be using the current AM4 socket, so you can buy now without the fear of having to drop more money on a motherboard.

If however, you are still content with your current set up then waiting a little bit longer also makes sense.

Buying Ryzen Now

The current range of Ryzen CPU’s are currently discounted and are fantastic value for money, so if you are in need of an upgrade then now is a better time than ever to pick one up!.

So if you are looking to buy now then which one should you get?

Ryzen 1700 8/16 Core CPU

This CPU is currently sitting at a great price. If you want a CPU for more than just gaming, or just like the idea of 16 threads, then the Ryzen 1700 is a fantastic option.

The 1700 competes with the Intel I7 which currently has 4 cores and 8 threads. The individual core performance on the Intel i7 may be higher, but the 8 cores and 16 threads on the Ryzen 1700 makes the AMD CPU a much better multi tasker outside of gaming.

Another thing the Ryzen 1700 has over the Intel i7 is that the AMD CPU comes with a decent cooler in the box called the Raith Spire. The Intel i7 doesn’t come with a cooler at all, meaning that the Ryzen CPU is even better value for money. The Raith Spire as decent enough to even allow for some moderate overclocking!

Inside a game, the benchmarks are much closer though, but you are still getting much more bang for your buck with the Ryzen 1700. Especially if you do more than just gaming on your PC.

Ryzen 1600 6/12 Core CPU

So the Ryzen 1600 is considered the best bang for buck as far as gaming is concerned and in game it is on par with the 1700. It is the competitor to the Intel i5 which currently only has 4 cores and 4 threads!.

The 6 cores and 12 threads on the 1600 mean that this CPU is a far superior multi tasker when compared to its current Intel competitor.

Again the Ryzen 1600 also comes with the Raith Spire Cooler which gives it even more value for money when compared to the Intel i5, which also does not come with a cooler in the box.

Recommended Motherboard

So every CPU needs a decent motherboard to back it up. There are a lot of good options, but the MSI B350 Tomahawk is considered the best bang for buck option.

The tomahawk is one of the most stable of the bunch and gets frequent updates.

Best RAM for Ryzen

So usually when you pick up ram you just find some sticks that fit and thats that. However Ryzen CPU’s scale quire a lot with RAM speeds and it’s an absolute mine field picking the right RAM.

There has been a list of compatibility issues with different manufacturers. However, the most stable sticks are the ones that are using the Samsung B die.

We have researched this subject to death so you don’t have to and have found the most stable RAM to be the G.Skill Ripjaws. The sweet spot for stability with Ryzen CPU’s seems to be at 3200mhz so thats the kit we are going to recommend.


So if you are in the market for a new CPU then Ryzen is going to be a great option, regardless of if you choose to wait for Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge, or if you buy the current Summit Ridge CPU’s. We expect a reasonable bump in performance, stability and hopefully AMD will continue to pose a threat to Intel so that we can keep the competition alive.

We will update this article as soon as any news is released, so you can be sure that no matter when you are reading this that it will be up to date. If you think we have missed something or just want to share your opinion then please leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.

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