AMD Announces Ryzen "Zen 3" and Radeon "RDNA2" Presentations for October: A New Journey Beginsby Ryan Smith on September 9, 2020 5:30 PM EST
AMD today has announced that they will be making a pair of consumer product presentations in October. The chipmaker, who has been fairly quiet since the spring, will be holding events for both their consumer Ryzen CPU and Radeon GPU product segments. Dubbing the events “A New Journey Begins”, the company will be announcing the first products based on their eagerly anticipated Zen 3 CPU architecture and RDNA 2 GPU architecture.
Leading the charge will be AMD’s CPU division. On October 8th at noon Eastern, the company will be presenting their Zen 3-based Ryzen desktop processors. AMD’s CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, will be among the presenters.
Following that up just under 3 weeks later will be AMD’s Radeon presentation, which again is at noon Eastern. There the company will be showing off its first products based on the company’s forthcoming RDNA 2 GPU architecture. Meanwhile, tipping their hand a bit early on naming, AMD has confirmed that this will be called the Radeon RX 6000 series.
Next Generation Ryzen Desktop Processors – 10/8, 12 p.m. ET
We are incredibly excited to invite you to learn more about the next wave of Ryzen desktop processors with “Zen 3” architecture, taking our PC gaming and content creation leadership to new heights. Dr. Lisa Su and other AMD senior executives will kick-off this new journey for “Zen 3” and AMD Ryzen at 12 p.m. ET, October 8th.
Next Generation Radeon Graphics – 10/28, 12 p.m. ET
Preparing to delight gamers globally with the next horizon of Radeon Graphics, we invite you to learn more about our RDNA 2 architecture, Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards, and our deep collaboration with game developers and ecosystem partners who will help us bring the best of Radeon to gamers. Tune in for the reveal of the future of Radeon PC gaming at 12 p.m. ET, October 28th.
AMD hasn’t disclosed any other details about these events at this time, but over the last several months the manufacturer has shared bits and pieces of information relating 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 aren’t committing to EUV for 7nm. Otherwise, for the moment AMD is remaining tight-lipped on the Zen 3 architecture itself, though given that AMD isn’t going to get the benefits of a full node shrink, we’re expecting Zen 3 to deliver some interesting and meaningful 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 (feature level 12_2) compliant GPU architecture, meaning that AMD will be making significant changes to the graphics side of their GPU designs. The Navi 2x family of GPUs will gain support for ray tracing, variable rate shading, and other features that will put AMD’s new GPUs at parity with the competition, both for consoles and PCs. Meanwhile from a performance standpoint, AMD is aiming for a hefty 50% jump in performance-per-watt, which could potentially eliminate the efficiency gap with NVIDIA. As well, the company has previously promised a high-end "top-of-stack" GPU for 4K gaming, so we're expecting some ambitious performance goals from AMD.
Be sure to check in on October 8th and October 28th for more details on AMD’s next generation of consumer parts!
It’s going to be an exciting fall for gamers... time to start a new journey with @AMDRyzen Zen3 and @Radeon RDNA2 pic.twitter.com/O9SXvLo4y0— Lisa Su (@LisaSu) September 9, 2020
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FreckledTrout - Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - linkExciting times.
p1esk - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkWhat about next gen ThreadRipper?
nandnandnand - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkIt's called "Genesis Peak". Expect it in 2021.
Chaitanya - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkCouple of months after Mainstream launch.
Kevin G - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkThis would have been the perfect for a CES 2021 launch but that trade show has been cancelled so who knows.
webdoctors - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkYes, an announcement of a product announcement presentation, haha. Very exciting!!!
Hopefully the trend of bring quality cheap stuff continues, I got my 8 core AMD CPU that's 50% the price of an Intel one. Lets see if their GPUs also 50% cheaper.
Showtime - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkIt won't be anywhere near half price going by current pricing. NVIDIA had their last gen RTX artificially high due to lack of competition, but AMD brought their current cards out to be barely competitive with those high prices.
The next gen AMD cards have to compete with what looks to be much, much better NVIDIA cards. That 3070 in particular looks to be solid 4k gaming card. We'll be lucky if AMD has something with that much power, and even luckier if AMD can match, or top that price to performance ratio.
webdoctors - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkBut would you buy AMD if it was only 10% cheaper? I'm not a charity, it would have to be at least 30% or more for me to consider it. The NVIDIA ecosystem is definitely worth more than whats' just the sales tax difference in most states depending on online store.
zavalita2002 - Friday, September 11, 2020 - linkOh man, buy what you want and that's that
Spunjji - Friday, September 11, 2020 - linkYou're saying that AMD would have to sell their products at a level that wouldn't provide them with any profit margins in order for you to consider them. Just say you're not interested 🤷♂️