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AMD's Newest Desktop Processors Measure Up Well Against Intel

Eric Jhonsa

has been countering by gradually rolling out 8th-gen Core CPUs that deliver sizable performance gains relative to comparable 7th-gen chips. Now, AMD is returning fire by launching second-gen Ryzen CPUs that improve on the performance of last year's parts and are priced fairly aggressively. The two most powerful chips in the lineup, the Ryzen 7 2700X and 2700, each contain 8 cores and can run 16 simultaneous threads, and are priced at $329 and $299, respectively.