AMD announces first Ryzen desktop chips with Vega graphics, teases future roadmap

AMD announces first Ryzen desktop chips with Vega graphics, teases future roadmap

But the company appears to want to shake up the entire market for business and consumer laptops, so it's also introducing CPUs for workstations as well as the Chromebooks and cheap 2-in-1 convertibles that are now a staple of Best Buy aisles.

The highly anticipated second-generation AMD Ryzen "Pinnacle Ridge" processors are not coming next month as previously thought.

Just as a fun fact, if you're trying to picture how tiny 12nm is, a typical human hair is around 7000nm thick. "We're going to improve a couple of capabilities, like when you plug in a USB hub to our root complex you get better throughput from multiple USB connections at the same time, we're improving power consumption". So it's not really a surprise that, in announcing its next wave of processors, this is where AMD is starting. AMD also has a full line of Ryzen mobile APUs coming as well as second-generation Ryzen desktop central processing units (CPUs) coming in April. AMD aims to release Ryzen 2 in 2019, and plans to release Ryzen 3 in 2020.

AMD also touts a "secure production environment" that begins on the assembly line, so you never have to worry about your Ryzen Pro system at any point along its journey to your hands. On January 9, the company will add Ryzen 3-branded low-end parts to the line-up, and February 12 will see the launch of desktop APUs. X470 will launch in April with the new Ryzen CPUs and be the brain behind the Zen+ platform. As these CPUs will still use the AM4 socket though, current motherboards can support them with a BIOS update. In the second quarter, Ryzen Pro Mobile parts-more or less identical to the regular Ryzen Mobile parts but with the lifecycle guarantees that enterprise buyers often demand for their fleets-will be released. The process shrink will result in a 10 percent performance improvement.

Without an APU that had both graphics and the company's greatly improved Zen CPU architecture, AMD was leaving a lot of potential sales on the table. Savings of up to 30% will be applied to the Ryzen 3, 5, 7, and Threadripper models, which should heat up the already-quite-hot CPU market. The Ryzen 5 2400G will run at up to 3.9GHz with 4-cores/8-threads and 11 CUs, a 65W TDP, and a price of $169. The Ryzen 5 2400G, for example, has a four core, eight thread CPU clocked at 3.6 GHz with a boost up to 3.9 GHz. Integrated graphics are the mainstay of both mobile and desktop computing.

In terms of specs, the Ryzen 5 2400G with Radeon Vega Graphics is outfitted with 4 CPU cores, 8 threads, and a boost clock of 3.9GHz. Intel doesn't appear to have any current plans for a desktop oriented 8th Gen G-series part, however, so that will remain AMD's domain.

Finally, AMD hasn't forgot about corporate users. Now I wouldn't be getting too excited for any desktop announcements, because the only real desktop-class product the company revealed was a 7nm Vega variant for their Radeon Instinct compute card line.

AMD mentions new deep learning operations support for 7nm Vega, which could be something similar to Nvidia's Tensor Cores in GV100. The Vega architecture will shrink to 7nm and then be replaced by Navi, also at 7nm. AMD intends to take its momentum from 2017 and carry that through 2018, with aggressive roadmaps and some interesting products.

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