AMD announced today that it will be making a couple of consumer product presentations in October. The chip maker, which has been fairly quiet since spring, will hold events for both consumer Ryzen CPU and Radeon GPU product segments. Dubbing the events “Begin a New Journey,” the company will announce the first products based on their highly anticipated Zen 3 CPU architecture and RDNA 2 GPU architecture.
Leading the charge will be AMD’s CPU division. October 8thth At Eastern Noon, the company will unveil Zen 3-based Ryzen desktop processors. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su will be among the presenters.
Following, just under 3 weeks later, will be the unveiling of AMD’s Radeon, which is back at Eastern Noon. There the company will showcase its first products based on the company̵
AMD hasn’t revealed any other details about these events at this time, but in recent months the manufacturer has been sharing bits and pieces of information related to its upcoming chip architectures. Based on AMD’s roadmaps, Ryzen Zen 3 processors will be built on an improved version of TSMC’s 7nm process, most likely TSMC’s N7P process, given AMD’s comments clarifying that they don’t commit to EUV for 7nm. Otherwise, for the time being AMD is jaw-dropping about the Zen 3 architecture itself, although given that AMD won’t get the benefits of full node reduction, we expect Zen 3 to offer some interesting and significant architectural improvements over Zen 2.
Meanwhile, on the graphics front, AMD and partners have previously confirmed that RDNA 2 will be a DirectX 12 Ultimate compatible GPU architecture (feature level 12_2), which means AMD will make significant changes to the graphics side of their GPU designs. The 2x Navi family of GPUs will get support for ray tracing, variable speed shading, and other features that will put AMD’s new GPUs on par with the competition, for both console and PC. Meanwhile, from a performance standpoint, AMD is aiming for a noticeable 50% increase in performance per watt, which could potentially close the efficiency gap with NVIDIA. Additionally, the company had already promised a high-end “top-of-stack” GPU for 4K gaming, so we’re expecting some ambitious performance targets from AMD.
Make sure you check in on October 8thth and October 28thth for more details on AMD’s next generation of consumer components!
– Lisa Su (@LisaSu) September 9, 2020