Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

AMD's Second Generation Ryzen CPU Arriving In April

AMD's Second Generation Ryzen CPU Arriving In April

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.

At Tech Day, company representatives said that the design for the 7nm Zen 2 core is complete, and claimed that it "improves on Zen in multiple dimensions".

Though the number of cores and threads are not going to change, you can count on getting higher clock speeds out of these upcoming AMD Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge 12nm based chips.

Not necessarily. A new AMD 400 Series motherboard (with the AM4) socket will be required if you want access to the full slate of features in the chips, such as the graphics.

The Ryzen 3 2200U is a 2.5GHz dual-core APU (AMD's term for a processor that also has graphics) that can turbo up to 3.4GHz and has two physical processing cores and four threads; the 2300U has four cores and four threads, and starts at a lower 2-GHz clock rate (though its boost rate is the same). Nevertheless, there are still many details regarding the Ryzen Desktop 2000 series are still under wraps at the moment which will only be revealed once we get closer to their launch this coming April.

AMD also touts a "secure production environment" that begins on the assembly line, so you never have to worry about your Ryzen Pro system at any point along its journey to your hands.

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On the graphics side, AMD's 2018 roadmap will include mobile Radeon Vega GPUs aimed at ultra-thin gaming and professional laptops. They do this while adding Vega graphics capability and matching or lower prices. AMD boasts that Ryzen Pro models with Vega integrated graphics cards will have more than twice the graphics power of eighth-generation Intel Core i7 mobile chips with integrated GPUs.

The Ryzen 3 2200G is better still value. The Ryzen 5 2400G is a quad-core multi-threaded model with 11 Vega compute units, and the Ryzen 3 2200G has four cores without multi-threading and only 8 CUs. The 2300U also has double the CUs, or Vega graphics units, of the 2200U: six versus three. Both the APUs will hit markets starting February itself. And that's not to mention the Ryzen 5 2400G's lower total TDP of just 65W. And all using a Wraith air cooler too. The 12nm design alone is expected to deliver more than 10% greater performance than the 14nm process, so even if there were to be no shift in frequencies the Ryzen 2000 series CPUs would still be quicker.

The pricing configuration gives AMD some impressive placement. They'll be available in the second quarter, AMD said. If these cuts haven't pushed through to retail just yet, they should be hopefully very soon.

Lost amid the hoopla surrounding CES 2018, the much anticipated arrival of AMD's Ryzen platform follow up will be arriving in April of 2018, according to leaked press slides posted over at Videocardz.

Above: AMD's specs for its latest Ryzen mobile processors with Radeon graphics.

AMD's Vega roadmap is similarly exciting to look at with a 7nm Vega shrink this year, we hear Q4 best case, and a 7nm Navi in 2019. While all this seem great on paper we are still waiting to see the actual performance.

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