So that’s the nutshell version of what AMD announced at CES tech day 2018. The official launch of the chips is scheduled for January 9, so it likely won’t be too long after that we see the first systems. It will be armed with a new 12nm process as an alternative to the current 14nm process.
These price cuts follow on news that AMD will launch its next-generation Ryzen range – called Zen+ – in April, which uses a new 12nm process. There don’t appear to be any other substantial changes to the underlying architecture, though AMD may have a surprise or two in store. Perhaps AMD is trying to clear its current inventory to make way for the upcoming 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs. The only exception might be total power consumption – AMD doesn’t seem to have released figures for the 2400G yet, but we know the Ryzen 5 1400 is a 65W TDP chip. Many of these will be implemented in the second generation of Ryzen chips, which AMD is calling Ryzen Desktop 2000.
AMD’s 2018 releases will run the gamut of features and performance, balancing what the company has already decided works with some new innovations.
One bit of good news is that Radeons will support FreeSync technology over HDMI 2.1.
The new 400 series chipset, according to AMD, will be optimized for 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs, bring lower power and probably improve memory performance, offering support for higher clocked memory. The Ryzen 7 1800X goes from $499 to $349, the 1700X is now $309, the 1700 is $299, the 1600X is $219, and the 1600 is $189.
The Ryzen 3 2200U has been pared down even further.
So the entry-tier Ryzen 3 Pro CPU is a quad-core (four-thread) model clocked at up to 3.4GHz with boost, with integrated Vega Graphics boasting six graphics compute units and a GPU clock of up to 1100MHz. The Ryzen 3 2200G features 4 cores/4 threads with a base clock of 3.5 GHz and boost of 3.7 GHz, and is has 8 Vega CUs.
The first notebooks with Ryzen 5 CPUs that we have reviewed left a very positive impression (Acer Swift 3, HP Envy X360). Below is AMD’s roadmap for Zen desktop processors. This year, Vega will be getting a 7nm refresh, specifically to compete with Nvidia on the machine learning and AI front. AMD also mentions the 7nm “Navi” architecture, now penciled in for 2019, and a “next-gen” 7nm+ architecture for 2020.
Remember that roadmap I mentioned earlier?
The Ryzen CPU with Vega graphics is a product we all expected to see, it’s the first ideal marriage of AMD’s revitalized CPU division and its considerable advantage in integrated graphics. After taking huge steps forward in 2017, it looks like the momentum is still flowing, with even bigger promises made for 2018.
Here we are going to talk about all the reasons why you should seriously consider buying AMD over Intel the next time that you are in the market for a new CPU.