If we look back, 2017 has certainly been a good year for AMD. The manufacturer has made a hole in the main high performance devices launched in recent months for the consumer: Xbox One X and One S, PlayStation 4 Pro and even the Apple iMac Pro, which has a Radeon Pro Vega. The growth of Ryzen or the arrival of Ryzen Mobile are difficult successes to overcome, more if you have started the year on the wrong foot. However, it seems that AMD has a well-defined (and optimistic) roadmap.
During the 2018 CES that is being held in Las Vegas, the manufacturer wanted to show us what their progress is for 2018 and those products that will come to market during this year. The general vision of AMD and its objective is to offer more performance, in the low range as well as in the medium and high range . New generation of Ryzen for desktop, new APUs, new Radeon PRO Mobile GPUs, an agreement with Intel… AMD’s bets for 2018 (and for the next few years) are diverse and logical at the same time.
High performance desktop is achieved with a second generation of Ryzen
The success of Ryzen in recent months has given AMD reasons to continue betting on this technology. A considerable performance at a reasonable price has been the company’s formula for conquering both manufacturers and direct customers. That’s why no one should be surprised that AMD announces a second generation of Ryzen desktop CPUs.
As AMD comments, it is the first AMN 12nm processor with Zen + architecture. This will result in a higher clock rate and will feature Boost 2 precision technology. On the other hand, they will have a new X470 chip, which is optimized for this second generation and thus consume less energy. Your launch? In April 2018.
New APUs for 2018 and preparing the path of the 7 nm
The combinations of CPU and GPU in AMD are sold under the name of Ryzen Mobile, and are nothing but the best of Ryzen technology mixed with the best of Radeon Vega. Uniting these two technologies the jump in performance has been considerable for AMD, as we saw a few months ago. There are new models of APUs on the way, namely the Ryzen 5 2400G with Radeon X Vega and the Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega. These two new models will arrive on February 12 and their price will be 169 dollars and 99 dollars respectively. To put it in context, Intel offers in similar features the i5 8400 for $ 199.
With the architecture Zen 14 nm in the CPUs AMD has managed to boost the performance of considerable form. Now you are thinking about the next generation of Zen, and Zen 2 and Zen 3 will have 7 nm. The development they say is going well, but we have to look at the long term, by 2020.
Ryzen PRO Mobile for the business sector
From the business sector that needs mobility and above all security, AMD does not forget. For the second quarter of 2018, they expect to launch the Ryzen PRO Mobile processors. These processors will seek to offer high performance in ultra-thin notebooks and compete with Intel not only in power but also in autonomy for example. Equipped with Radeon Vega GPUs, of course:
- Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U
- Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U
- Ryzen 3 PRO 2300U
In turn, the Ryzen Mobile range will also be expanded with the following models:
- Ryzen 7 2700U
- Ryzen 5 2500U
- Ryzen 3 2300U
- Ryzen 3 2200U
Radeon GPU on any possible device, even those with Intel processor
The mantra of AMD for its graphical section is to implement a Radeon GPU in any possible place. This means reaching agreements with the rest of the manufacturers. The Mac of Apple, the Xbox of Microsoft, the Sony PlayStation, the manufacturers of gaming PCs… and even its top competitor Intel.
And it is that surreal as it may seem, the agreement of AMD with Intel is a very good idea. The union is strength, and for AMD (also for Intel and in the end we as users), putting a Radeon GPU in the Intel chips is a great opportunity to improve its market share. Intel’s eighth generation processors will have a Radeon GPU to achieve acceptable performance in video games and virtual reality for example.
On the other hand, the manufacturer also expects to expand its Vega range in 2018 with the Radeon Vega Mobile GPUs. These GPUs will be designed for ultra-thin laptops, and as with Ryzen Mobile, the idea is to achieve high graphics performance within ultra-thin notebooks. There is no release date, but it will be throughout 2018.
Looking beyond and towards 7 nm, the future of GPUs for AMD goes through Navi. This new architecture will be the successor of Vega at some point. In 2017 Vega arrived 14 nm, the next will be Vega 7 nm but the next generation will arrive with Navi 7 nm and Navi 7 nm +, yes, there are still years to go.