AMD Ryzen 2, ThreadRipper 2, and Ryzen APU News
AMD just had a huge announcement at CES 2018 regarding their new CPUs and future roadmaps. This is big news for anyone in the tech industry or the gaming industry, and while details are sparse it looks to be an exciting year already.
Realistically this should be called Ryzen + in my opinion, but that may confuse some buyers. Basically Ryzen 2 is using the Zen + architecture, a refinement on the original Zen architecture albeit at a slightly better die size of 12nm. No specific details on improvements were given, however, AMD is promising better clock speeds for Zen+. Both boost technologies, XFR and Precision Boost, will be getting updated to 2nd generation tech, likely meaning AMD is catching up to Intel in terms of intelligent clock speed management, an area they have been lacking in for quite some time even with Ryzen.
Ryzen 2 CPUs should be shipping sometime in April this year.
Not much info was given on Threadripper 2 other than it exists and will be coming out sometime in the second half of 2018. Obviously we can assume higher clock speeds, and hopefully better overclocking. I’m interested to see if the improvements to Threadripper are enough to push me to replacing my current 1950X (although I doubt it, as the point of Threadripper is longevity).
Future Zen Architectures On Track
AMD is also promising they are on track with their roadmap for the next few years. As many of us already know Zen+ is this year, next year we should see Zen 2 and the year after that Zen 3, and according to AMD we will still be seeing those on time. Zen 2 will be running on the new Global Foundries 7nm tech, while Zen 3 will be on the 7nm+ die. AMD is also promising greater than the industry standard of performance improvement per generation, taking a direct shot at Intel. However only time will tell if AMD can pull off higher than 8 percent performance improvements.
Ryzen Desktop APUs
Another incredible announcement was AMDs new desktop Ryzen APUs, something a lot of budget gamers have been waiting for. Previous AMD APUs for desktops were wonderful, despite using their Excavator (Bulldozer based) architecture for the CPU portion, for budget gaming you almost couldn’t beat them. Seems AMD is hoping to do that again with the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G. Both APUs will include Vega graphics, it’s starting to look like Polaris is done for good now that we are seeing low end Vega chips. Vega should thrive in the lower end, lower clocked markets.
- Ryzen 3 2200G
- 4cores with no SMT (Hyperthreading)
- 8 Compute Units for the Vega portion
- 3.5GHz base and 3.7GHz boost
- Ryzen 5 2400G
- 4 cores with SMT, so 8 threads
- 11 Compute Units running Vega
- 3.6GHz base and 3.9GHz boost
- Supposedly GT 1030 levels of performance
February is the expected release date for these new APUs, and lets hope the HBM shortage that killed Vega discrete GPUs doesn’t do the same here. All APUs will be compatible with the 300 series chipsets (hence the reason a lot of 300 series boards from AMD have display outputs) but will also work with the new 400 series chipsets which have yet to be release or detailed.