AMD HAS REVEALED that its third-generation of Ryzen processors will hit the PC market mid-2019; we're guessing that means summertime.
In a slide deck for investors, Team Red showed off its processor roadmap, with a third-gen Threadripper CPU also in the works, though when it will pop-up in 2019 remains unclear. We reckon you could expect it around autumn time.
Built around the second-generation Zen architecture, the Ryzen 3000-series CPUs promise more power and efficiency over their rather impressive predecessors. Using a 7-nanometre process node, the Zen 2 architecture looks to stuff more transistors onto a slice of silicon and thus deliver a good dollop of performance to AMD's processors.
More cores are also expected to feature in the next wave of Ryzen CPUs, thereby bringing more of AMD's multi-threaded performance to the processor party.
The Threadripper 3 will also make use of the Zen 2 architecture, so we can expect core and thread-heavy processors with even more grunt than their past two predecessors.
We're still none the wiser on the exact official specs and model names of the next-gen Ryzen and Threadripper chips. But we'd be pretty confident to say you can expect a jump in cores and clock speeds for both processor families; a Singaporean retailer recently outed alleged specs and pricing for the incoming Ryzen 3000 lineup.
With the new Ryzen and Threadripper chips on the horizon, Intel will need to pull something out of the bag to respond. The chip maker still, arguably, has the edge when it comes to raw clock speed performance in games, but that could change with the third-gen Ryzens.
Intel does have its Sunny Cove 10-nanometre processor architecture in the works, but we don't know any specs or have any hints at a release dates yet. So Intel may be at a disadvantage when AMD puts out its new Ryzen processors.
Either way, for PC fans this is all good stuff as it means there's more competition in the processor arena which should yield more impressive chips at competitive prices. µ
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