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AMD unleashes new Ryzen processors and Radeon Vega graphics products!

AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su introduces the new Radeon Vega Mobile GPU


There was a positive buzz amongst the execs of AMD at their pre-CES 2018 AMD Tech Day. The chipmaker has just come off a very successful 2017 where their new Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics made a lot of positive waves, plus the company’s semi-custom APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) became the de facto gaming console standard – powering both the new Microsoft Xbox One S and Sony Playstation 4 Pro as well as the soon to be released Ataribox console.

Yet far from slowing down, AMD not only revealed their latest mobile and desktop CPUs at their Tech Day but also unveiled their plans for the future – gradually shifting to newer production technologies to see them through to 2020.


New Ryzen Processors

Prior to the introduction of Ryzen processor in 2017, the “industry had stagnated with incremental upgrades.” Said AMD’s SVP & GM, Computing and Graphics Business. “Ryzen brought in innovation that customers wanted.”

For 2018 AMD has launched two new Ryzen desktop processors to enhance the lower tier of their desktop processor lineup, with the Ryzen 5 2400G (USD169) and the Ryzen 3 2200G (USD99), available from 12th February 2018. These two products are actually AMD’s first desktop APUs which integrate graphics with the main processor, and promises not only improved quad-core performance but also an improved graphics experience at 1080p for HD+ gaming. While compatible with current Ryzen motherboards (with a BIOS update), these processors will easily enhance micro PC performance including FreeSync monitor support.

  • Ryzen 5 2400G Desktop processor with Radeon Vega 11 Graphics. 4 cores, 8 threads, 11 compute units, up to 3.9 Ghz Max Boost.
  • Ryzen 3 2200G Desktop processor with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics. 4 cores, 4 threads, 8 compute units, up to 3.7 GHz Max Boost.
Jim Anderson, SVP & GM Computing and Graphics Business Group talks about AMD’s new Ryzen desktop APU products.

In April 2018 AMD will unleash the first of the second generation 12nm Zen+ Ryzen processors with Precision Boost 2 technology and higher clock speeds alongside their new Socket AM4 next generation X470 chipset which is optimised for 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs.

From Q3 2018 AMD expects to release the 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper and Ryzen Pro processors.

Following up on the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 mobile processors that were launched in Q4 2017, AMD has now released two Ryzen 3 mobile processors (on 9th January 2018) aimed at providing affordable notebooks and ultrabooks with powerful multi-threaded performance.

  • Ryzen 3 2300U mobile processor with Radeon Vega 6 Graphics. 4 cores, 4 threads, 6 compute units, up to 3.4 Ghz.
  • Ryzen 3 2200U mobile processor with Radeon Vega 3 Graphics. 2 cores, 4 threads, 3 compute units, up to 3.4GHz.

For commercial, enterprise and public sector usage, AMD will release Ryzen PRO Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics in Q2 2018. Created to be the world’s fastest processor for commercial ultrathin notebooks with state-of-the-art silicon-level security and enterprise-class support.

  • Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U mobile processor with Radeon Vega 10 Graphics. 4 cores, 8 threads, 10 compute units, up to 3.8GHz.
  • Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U mobile processor with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics. 4 cores, 8 threads, 8 compute units, up to 3.6GHz.
  • Ryzen 3 PRO 2300U mobile processor with Radeon Vega 6 Graphics. 4 cores, 4 threads, 6 compute units, up to 3.4GHz.

X86 Processor Roadmap

Following AMD’s current 14nm Zen microarchitecture, the company is now switching to the 12nm Zen+ architecture for delivery later this year. According to Mark Papermaster, AMD’s CTO, the 7nm Zen 2 has already completed the design stage and is in development for delivery in 2019, while the expected 7nm+ Zen 3 is in development for 2020.

CTO Mark Papermaster outlines AMD’s processor roadmap

Radeon Graphics and gaming updates

For 2018 will release the new Radeon Vega Mobile Mobile Discrete GPU. At just 1.7mm thin with HBM2 and designed for ultrathin performance gaming laptops, the GPU promises lower power consumption with enhanced performance, including VR.

AMD also announced the Radeon Instinct Vega 7nm – AMD’s first 7nm product, featuring Vega architecture and built for Machine Learning applications.

Radeon software will add support for HDMI 2.1 variable Refresh Rate (VRR) on Radeon RX products in an upcoming driver update. In addition, AMD and Ubisoft announced that the upcoming Far Cry 5 game will fully support Radeo

n RX Vega including specific features such as Rapid Packed Match as well as Radeon FreeSync 2 technology.

Following on from the initial 14nm Vega microarchitecture, AMD will deliver the 7nm Vega in 2018, followed by the 7nm Navi in 2019 before releasing a Next Generation 7nm+ product in 2020.


Shawn Chung
The Editor

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