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AMD started off 2020 with a bang when it released its Ryzen 4000 processors for laptops, and garnered many design wins. Based on the potent Zen 2 processor architecture, Ryzen 4000 processors are available in up to 8-core/16-thread configurations and with up an 8-core Radeon Vega-based graphics core. Now we’re getting some early insight into the first Ryzen 5000 APUs that will find their way into 2021 laptops. Given that strong response that AMD has already received with Ryzen 4000, Ryzen 5000 could be an even bigger hit for AMD. A newly discovered SiSoftware database entry makes reference to a “Celadon CZN Renoir” platform, which in actually is the next-generation... Read more...
By my count, AMD has confirmed precisely 4,287 times that its Zen 3 processors are on track to launch this year, and that includes client processors (read: consumer processors). Okay, maybe not precisely that many times, but probably close to that number. In any event, as we wait for Zen 3's eventual arrival, new information has emerged about AMD's upcoming Ryzen 9 4950X CPU . AMD has not announced any next-generation CPUs yet, mind you. However, Igor Wallossek from Igor's Lab has dug up an OPN (orderable part number) designation for the Ryzen 9 4950X, and with it comes a bit of revealing information. The OPN in question is 100-000000059-52_ 48/35 _ Y. Let's break that down, shall we? The interesting... Read more...
Hey, have you heard—AMD is planning to launch its Zen 3 architecture in 2020. Of course you have, because AMD has said it a million times (slight exaggeration). Every roadmap and multiple statements have reiterated that Zen 3 is on track to launch this year, but for anyone who needs to hear it one more time, AMD has obliged. To be fair, some of AMD's statements on Zen 3 have seemingly left the door slightly ajar to only launching its next-generation architecture in server (EPYC) form in 2020, while holding off consumer Ryzen processors for 2021. However, that is not the case (and let's not forget, AMD recently denied rumors of a Zen 3 delay). Offering up the most definitive statement so... Read more...
By my conservative estimate, AMD has confirmed its Zen 3 architecture will launch this year around 4 million times. Well, add another confirmation to the pile, to make it 4 million and one. For anyone who is still doubting whether Zen 3 will come out this year or be pushed into 2021, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su has once again reiterated it will ship in 2020. This has been the case all along. My 4 million estimate might be a slight exaggeration, but other than a sketchy rumor that Zen 3 was pushed out to 2021 (which AMD quickly refuted), every indication up to this point has been that it will arrive this year. Multiple roadmaps have made this clear, as well as repeated comments by AMD on the matter. For... Read more...
Up to this point, everything AMD has said indicates the company is still on track to launch its upcoming Zen 3 processors this year, despite the recent Ryzen 3000 "XT" refresh that led to rumors of a delayed release. In case further proof is needed, an apparent Zen 3 engineering sample has shown up in the wild, as part of AMD's EPYC server family. Well, a reference to an ES chip, anyway. AMD's third-generation EPYC "Milan" server CPUs will replace its current-generation "Rome" family. These chips will be based on AMD's Zen 3 CPU architecture, and built on an enhanced 7-nanometer manufacturing process (AMD is not referring to the node as 7nm+, though). Zen 3 will presumably give way to better... Read more...
AMD has been killing it on the CPU side with its evolving Zen architecture, and based on a barrage of past leaks and rumors, Zen 3 will keep the momentum going. On the graphics side, AMD has more work to do. It's upcoming RDNA 2 architecture has the potential to shake things up, but it's too early to tell. And with regards to its APUs, well, those are still stuck on Vega, and it looks like that will be the case again when Zen 3 arrives. Of course, AMD no longer refers to these chips as APUs, or accelerated processing units, but Ryzen processors with Radeon graphics. Call them whatever you want, the point is, they combine AMD's Ryzen CPU cores with Radeon GPU cores, but are not necessarily the... Read more...
Earlier this week, a rumor was making the rounds that AMD could potentially be delaying its Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 desktop processors until early next year. The basis of the rumor was centered upon a couple of assumptions: 1) that the newly announced Ryzen 3000XT family would be sufficient to sustain AMD’s performance credentials through 2020, and 2) that there was no real [performance] threat from Intel that would necessitate launching Ryzen 4000 processors during 2020. AMD has now flat-out denied those rumors, and indicates that Zen 3 is indeed on track for a 2020 launch. In fact, the company’s official response was is, “AMD confirms that the rumor on ‘Zen... Read more...
AMD has been riding high from a performance/value perspective ever since it launched its Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 family in Summer 2019. The chips were untouched when it came to multi-threaded performance – thanks to the Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 9 3950X – and single-threaded performance was strong too. Throw in relatively low TDPs thanks to the 7nm process tech and frequent discounts, it should come as no surprise that the Ryzen 3000 family has been among AMD’s most popular products in years. So, why not let the good times [continue to] roll? That seems to be the case according to a report coming out of Taiwan. DigiTimes is reporting that Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 desktop... Read more...
Every indication up to this point is that AMD's upcoming Zen 3 CPUs will be based on an enhanced 7-nanometer manufacturing process, with Zen 4 seeing an eventual shift to 5nm. But what if that was not the case? What if AMD decided to shake things up and jump straight to 5nm with its next round of CPUs instead, in pursuit of continued process leadership over rival Intel? That would certainly be something. On the desktop, Intel is still coaxing as much performance as it can out of its 14nm node, with 10nm silicon only showing up on mobile so far (like Ice Lake). This includes its latest round of processors, Comet Lake-S, which represents yet another iteration of 14nm. While there is more to the... Read more...
AMD is out there living the good life right now. Zen has proven to be a formidable contender, it seems like a Zen 2 refresh is en route, and looking further down the road, Zen 3 will likely keep the party going. As it pertains to the latter, a new leak potentially sheds some light on what AMD has on tap, both for its upcoming CPUs and APUs. All indications point to Zen 3 being on track for a release later this year. It will leverage an enhanced 7-nanometer node, which AMD and TSMC are not referring to as 7nm+, and is expected to deliver a nice bump in IPC (instructions per clock) performance. We can also expect better power efficiency and some new features. Beyond those things, here is the supposed... Read more...
Just over a week ago, AMD gave us an update on its upcoming Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 desktop processors, and the platforms that would support the chips. That update, however, didn’t go over very well with the enthusiast community, as AMD explained that only current-generation X570 and B550 motherboards would support Zen 3. "While we wish could enable full support for every processor on every chipset, the flash memory chips that store BIOS settings and support have capacity limitations,” AMD said in a blog post. “Given these limitations, and the unprecedented longevity of the AM4 socket, there will inevitably be a time and place where a transition to free up space is necessary—the... Read more...
Rumor has it that AMD's next round of Ryzen processors will have a bigger than expected bump in IPC (instructions per clock) performance. Built on a new architecture, Zen 3 will see a die shrink and, most likely, some notable performance optimizations, power efficiency gains, and upgraded features. But all eyes will be on the IPC bump. A jump in the 10-15 percent range would be considered pretty robust. It would also put added pressure on rival Intel, which for the most part is still squeezing everything it can out of its 14-nanometer process node. That includes its newfangled 10th generation Core "Comet Lake" desktop processors, which bump up the number of cores/threads and clockspeeds on the... Read more...
AMD has made a big deal about the longevity of its AM4 socket, and rightfully so—frequent socket changes effectively eliminate or seriously hamper potential upgrade paths when building a PC. The question is, will AM4 extend out to AMD's upcoming Zen 3 processors? AMD said it will, on select chipsets, and even hinted it could beyond Zen 3. Support through Zen 3 is not a surprise. Even back at the end of 2017, AMD's James Prior hinted this might be case when he told Overclockers the plan was to "support AM4 through 2020 using the existing infrastructure." It was not a foregone conclusion, however, because he was addressing a question about Zen 2. Lest there be any lingering doubt, AMD just... Read more...
AMD is out there living the good life right now, racking up design wins and reaping the rewards of its engineering and marketing efforts. In the first quarter of 2020, AMD raked in $1.79 billion in revenue, which is an impressive gain of 40 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago (albeit down 16 percent sequentially). After paying the bills, AMD was left $162 in net income (profit), which is down $8 million sequentially but up $146 million from a year ago. "We executed well in the first quarter, navigating the challenging environment to deliver 40 percent year-over-year revenue growth and significant gross margin expansion driven by our Ryzen and EPYC processors," said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD... Read more...
It seems as it was just yesterday when AMD launched its Ryzen 4000 APUs based on Zen 2 "Renoir" architecture. The processors are giving Intel a real run for the money with respect to performance, and as we've seen with the ASUS ROG Strix Hero III, Ryzen 4000 processors are incredibly power efficient as well. AMD may have pushed Ryzen 4000 APUs out the door, but it's already far along with its next-generation Ryzen 5000 APUs that will be based on Zen 3 "Cezanne" microarchitecture. Although somewhat confusing, the first consumer-centric Zen 3 processors are coming later this year under Ryzen 4000 branding (desktop), with Ryzen 5000 mobile Zen 3 processors likely coming next year.... Read more...
Sometime later this year, AMD will unveil its Zen 3 CPU architecture with a new Ryzen 4000 series of desktop CPUs (not to be confused with AMD's Ryzen 4000 series of mobile chips based on Zen 2). The question is, will these next-gen parts still leverage the AM4 socket? It certainly seems that way, based on everything that's been said up to this point. The latest bit of evidence comes from Scenker XMG, a PC maker based in Germany that recently launched its Apex 15 laptop, a bodacious desktop replacement system configurable with up to a Ryzen 9 3950X with 16 cores and 32 threads. The motherboard inside the Apex 15 is based on AMD's B450 chipset, which has been "confirmed to be able to support future... Read more...
The pace of progress is swift these days over at AMD. Since launching its first generation Zen architecture three years ago, there have been two more iterations, Zen+ and Zen 2, with Zen 3 on track to release this year. AMD has not yet announced an official launch date, but the word out of the rumor mill is that Zen 3 will debut in the fall. Zen 3 will usher in AMD's Ryzen 4000 series of desktop processors. Not to be confused with AMD's Ryzen 4000 series of mobile CPUs, which are based on the company's Zen 2 architecture (and paired with Vega graphics), the desktop chips will leverage AMD's next-generation architecture and TSMC's enhanced 7-nanometer manufacturing. It gets a little confusing... Read more...
AMD has been enjoying a good run with its Ryzen family of processors, and has garnered particular praise for its most recent Ryzen 3000 processors. In the tech industry, everyone is always looking forward to the next best thing, and in the case of AMD consumer desktop processors, that means the Ryzen 4000 family. Not to be confused with the Zen 2-based Ryzen 4000 mobile processor family that officially launched last week, Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs are based on newer AMD's new Zen 3 microarchitecture. A new report coming from WCCFTech claims that we won't see these processors until October 2020. For comparison, the Ryzen 3000 desktop family launched in July 2019. This information... Read more...
AMD held its Financial Analyst Day today and the company offered up a broad overview of what we should expect in terms of roadmap technologies execution over the next few years. Some of the topics that were touched on included next-generation RDNA 2 Navi GPU architectures, completely new CDNA GPUs optimized for the data center, along with the planned roll-out of Zen 3 and Zen 4 processor families. Don't Call It "Big Navi" The tech industry has been referring to AMD's next-generation flagship discrete GPUs based on the RDNA 2 architecture as "Big Navi" for a while now. However, it appears that AMD would prefer that we not use that terminology, as it sells its next generation GPU architecture,... Read more...
Barring something unforeseen and catastrophic, Zen 3 is definitely making a debut this year. We know this because AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su has indicated as much on numerous occasions, including in a recent interview in which she also promised "Big Navi" (Navi 20) would make a 2020 debut as well. If anyone requires even more proof on the matter, just direct their attention to the underlying code being added to the Linux kernel. Interestingly enough, patches to the Linux kernel have historically been great at references new hardware before they are officially launched. And more recently, updates to the Linux kernel have served up references to things like Navi 22 and Navi 23, which are two unreleased... Read more...
AMD has been making some serious inroads on Intel's market share in the lucrative server market for the past two years. It all started with the company's first-generation Zen-based EPYC 7001 processors, with the second assault coming in 2019 with the Zen 2-based EPYC 7002 processors. AMD wants to keep that momentum going, so it reached deep into the heart of Intel to snatch out a top exec with a strong background in enterprise computing and engineering execution: Dan McNamara. McNamara previously served as senior vice president and general manager for Intel’s Network and Custom Logic Group. Before that, he was the senior vice president of Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group.... Read more...
We learned earlier this week that AMD is gearing up to launch new 500 Series chipsets -- A520 and B550 -- to help lower the cost of entry for desktop systems running Ryzen 3000 processors. These chipsets are reportedly being produced by long-time AMD partner ASMedia Technology. The latest news concerning AMD chipsets hails from DigiTimes, which claims that AMD's 600 series chipsets will also be produced (at least in part) by ASMedia, and will be available during the back half of 2020. This would push the launch of AMD's Ryzen 4000 series desktop processors further into the year than the current Ryzen 3000 family, which launched in early July 2019. This doesn't come as much... Read more...
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