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A Look at Advanced Micro Devices’ Ryzen 2018 Rollout

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Jan. 29 2018, Published 9:38 a.m. ET

AMD’s Ryzen road map

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) re-entered the competitive market of PC (personal computer) CPUs (central processing units) with its 14 nm (nanometer) node Ryzen first-generation series in 2017. That series competed strongly with Intel’s (INTC) Core processors. With that, AMD created a market for its products.

Now it’s moving ahead in this space and expanding its Ryzen desktop CPUs to mobile PCs and professional computers. At the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2018, AMD unveiled its Ryzen 2018 rollout plan.

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At the event, AMD’s chief technology officer Mark Papermaster stated that the company is sampling its Zen+ series built on a 12 nm node and plans to launch it in April 2018. The company has completed designing its 7 nm Zen 2 processor and plans to launch it in 2019 and then work on its 7 nm+ Zen 3. It didn’t reveal details about Zen+ but stated that the performance improvement would be significant.

AMD’s Ryzen 2018 rollout

AMD expects to launch its first Ryzen processor in the Zen+ series in April 2018. If it follows the 2017 rollout pattern, it might launch the high-end Ryzen 7 CPUs first, followed by the mid-range Ryzen 5 in May 2018, the low-end Ryzen 3 in June or July 2018, the very high-end Threadripper in 3Q18, and the Ryzen Pro by the end of 2018.

AMD has also launched a few processors from its first-generation Ryzen series.

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Ryzen Pro APUs

AMD has unveiled its Ryzen Pro series for enterprise-grade ultralight laptops. The series, which is comprised of Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U, Ryzen 5 Pro 2500U, and Ryzen 3 Pro 2300U, could be available in the market in 2Q18.

Ryzen 3 and 5 desktop APUs

At the CES 2018, AMD unveiled Ryzen 3 and five desktop APUs (application processing units) for gamers. These APUs are scheduled for launch on February 12, 2018.

The four-core/eight-thread Ryzen 5 2400G APU features 11 Vega-based computing units and 704 stream processors that deliver 1,250 MHz (megahertz) graphics frequency. It has a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz (gigahertz), which can be boosted to 3.9 GHz. The four cores come with SMT (simultaneous multithreading) and are priced at $169.

AMD claims that the Ryzen 5 2400G APU will deliver comparable gaming performance to the combination of Intel Core i5-8400 and Nvidia’s (NVDA) GeForce GT 1030, which together cost $288.

The four-core/four-thread Ryzen 3 2200G APU features eight Vega-based computing units and 512 stream processors that deliver 1,100 MHz graphics frequency. It has a base clock speed of 3.5 GHz, which can be boosted to 3.7 GHz. The four cores come without SMT and are priced at $99.

At the CES 2018, Intel unveiled its gaming APUs, comprised of AMD’s Vega GPUs. We’ll look at that next.

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