AMD Roadmap Leak Highlights Zen 2 'Matisse' 7nm FinFET CPUs Debuting In 2019

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AMD made the CPU market competitive again earlier this year with the launch of Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3. Then, the company turned heads again with the launch of Ryzen Threadripper for enthusiasts. With these successful launches under its belt, AMD isn't easing off the gas anytime soon. In fact, a leaked roadmap shows what AMD has planned for the next two years with regards to processors.

Coming up in 2018, we'll see Pinnacle Ridge on the desktop, which is based on the current Summit Ridge architecture. There won't be many big architectural improvements with these processors, although process refinements (12nm FinFET) and optimizations will result in overall clock-for-clock performance uplift compared to Summit Ridge. As you might expect, these processors will remain socket compatible with AM4.

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Moving further down the line, we have Mattise -- named after the painter Henri Matisse -- which will see the introduction of Zen 2 cores in 2019. These processors are rumored to be built on a 7nm FinFET process.

On the mobile side of things, Raven Ridge is launching next year with integrated Vega graphics (Socket AM4/Socket FP5 compatibility). Raven Ridge will be replaced by Picasso in 2019. While it will retain the Raven Ridge architecture, this will be a "tock" in the tick/tock cadence, bringing with it performance and power enhancements.

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When it comes to standalone graphics, Vega 20 will reportedly debut in Q3 of 2018, and will be based on 12nm FinFET process technology. The only other information gleaned from this additional slide is that Vega 20 will take advantage of the PCIe 4.0 spec.

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This is just a small taste of what we can expect from AMD over the next few years, and we're sure that more leaks will be coming in due time. With that being said, we're just happy to see a competitive AMD on both the processor and graphics fronts. Competition is good for innovation and for consumers, as we're seeing with the impending launch of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti from NVIDIA, and the Core i9-7960X and Core i9-7980XE from Intel.


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