The following-generation of AMD Ryzen processors will certainly be launching in 2020, so sayeth the Physician. The Ryzen 4000 APUs, sporting the Zen 2 and Vega CPU and GPU architectures respectively, have been successfully launched at CES 2020, however there hasn’t been something stated concerning the Ryzen 4000 CPUs. At the least not publicly.
AMD’s well-liked CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, has nevertheless been surprisingly candid concerning the firm’s upcoming merchandise behind closed doorways at this yr’s CES tradeshow. In a roundtable after the AMD press convention she confirmed each that there will be a “Big Navi” GPU coming from the pink staff and that Radeon graphics playing cards launched this yr will embody help for ray tracing.
She has additionally categorically acknowledged that AMD shall be releasing Ryzen 4000 CPUs utilizing the brand new Zen three microarchitecture this yr, heading off any doable conjecture that the corporate would begin to lengthen its CPU roadmap with Intel nonetheless trailing on the desktop processor entrance. That would nonetheless imply they ship on December 31, 2020, however we’d count on AMD to proceed doubling down on its CPU dominance by releasing the brand new technology of processors within the second half of the yr.
It was throughout the identical roundtable that Anandtech requested particularly whether or not Zen three would seem in 2020 as AMD had solely talked about its Q1 and Q2 plans through the CES 2020 presentation this yr.
“It is best to count on that we’re going to be very aggressive with the CPU roadmap,” says AMD’s Dr. Su. “We predict Zen 2 is one of the best CPU core on the market as we speak, and we’re very happy with it. We’ve accomplished the household and Zen three is doing rather well, we’re very happy about it and also you’ll hear extra about it in 2020.”
After which to make sure the Anandtech journalist didn’t labour the purpose she provides: “Let me clear: you will note Zen three in 2020.”
So, what can we count on from the Zen three CPU structure? AMD’s Forest Norrod has defined that it’s not simply going to be a gentle tweaking of the already spectacular Zen 2 design, however Zen 3 will be “an entirely new architecture.”
Reasonably than merely counting on the effectivity and/or efficiency advantages of switching to the extra superior TSMC N7P node (successfully 7nm+) AMD can also be touting severe IPC enhancements too. Rumours have pointed to somewhere between 10 and 20% extra efficiency from the brand new design, which ought to fret Intel as that would actually give its desktop vary bother.
Intel’s Comet Lake isn’t anticipated to supply something additional when it comes to an directions per clock bump, relying solely on extending HyperThreading all through the vary and doubtlessly boosting Turbo clock speeds.