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AMD is finally introducing its highly anticipated Ryzen 2000 processor range, codenamed Pinnacle Ridge. Among the expected improvements is the higher clock speed, as well as the official support of the DDR4 system memory type clocked at 2933MHz. The new AMD Ryzen 5 2600X octa-core processor is clocked at speeds reaching 4.2GHz and its performance is suitable for the most demanding users.

Key Features of the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Processor

  • 6 cores / 12 threads
  • Easy overclocking on virtually all motherboards
  • Powerful multi-threaded performance in supported applications
  • Significant gaming performance boost compared to Ryzen 1000 series
  • Economical 12nm manufacturing process
  • Improved Precision Boost 2 Turbo Mode
  • Requires AM4 socket motherboard
  • Wraith Spire heatsink included

Introducing AMD Pinnacle Ridge

AMD took over the Zen core last year, and the company has succeeded in moving to a more economical 12nm manufacturing process that allowed AMD to dramatically increase the processor clock speeds. This notable change is expected to increase the performance by a solid 15% compared to the Ryzen 1000 generation. This is an excellent result, considering it took place within a single processor generation.
For all its new CPUs, AMD has decided to bet on the improved Precision Boost 2 function. It essentially provides a flexible increase of the processor clock speed and a gradual decrease when the processor reaches its maximum acceptable temperature. This means the processor can maintain higher clock speeds for longer even when multiple cores come under heavy load simultaneously.

Get Ready for a Big Upgrade

The new AMD Pinnacle Ridge processor range is firmly bound to the AM4 socket, not unlike the first generation of Ryzen processors. What this means for you is that aside from the processor itself, you also need a new motherboard and possibly DDR4 system memory with a maximum clock speed of 2933MHz. However, this hefty investment will pay off in the form of integrating a whole range of modern technologies into your PC. To name a few, you can get USB 3.1 (USB-C), PCIe 3.0, NVMe, 32Gb/sec M.2 slots, or SATA Express.

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Processor series AMD Ryzen 5
Socket AMD AM4
Microarchitecture Zen+
Processor code name Pinnacle Ridge
Box cooler type Wraith Spire

Number of cores

Number of processor cores 6 ×
Number of threads 12 ×


Processor frequency 3.6 GHz (3.6 GHz)
Processor frequency 3.6 - 4.0 GHz
Max. frequency (OC) 4.2 GHz (4,200 MHz)

RAM support

Supported memory type DDR4
Maximum number of channels 2 ×

Advanced parameters

Features Automatic Overclocking, Open multiplier, Virtualization, Multi-Threading, Cooler pack
TDP 95 W
Production technology 12 nm
L2 cache 3 MB
L3 cache 16 MB


CPU Passmark 14,345
Code:  BD740h2
Warranty: 36 months
Product Number:  YD260XBCAFBOX
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