AMD’s Zen 2 design is one of the most revolutionary CPU architectures we’ve seen in a long while. If a few years back, you’d have told me that team red would be offering performance on par with Intel’s offerings in each market segment, I’d have called you a biased moron. And yet, here we are. Where the Ryzen 3000 (Matisse) CPUs have been giving the 9th Gen Coffee Lake chips a thorough drubbing in every market worldwide, Intel’s supremacy in the server space is being challenged for the first time in over a decade. Considering that Rome offers 64 cores for the price of less than 10 Xeon cores, it’s not really hard to figure out why.
AMD will be looking to keep the momentum going in 2020 with the launch of the Ryzen 4000 and Epyc Milan processors in successive years and from the look of things, Zen 3 is going to be a healthy upgrade as well, perhaps not as big its predecessor but significant enough to have Intel worried. According to rumors, the next-gen Ryzen processors will feature an IPC boost of 5-10% along with notably higher boost clocks compared to Zen 2 (+200-300MHz).
This isn’t surprising as the 7nm node will be more mature by then, allowing AMD to extract every ounce of performance from the newer silicon process. Other than that, it’s being reported that Zen 3 will feature improved SMT, with every core supporting as many as 4 threads. Ryzen 4000 has been codenamed Vermeer and will:
- Be based on the 7nm+ node, and unlike Zen+ (Ryzen 2000) it won’t be a minor jump. Instead, we should see sizable gains comparable to the 3rd Gen Matisse chips.
- AMD will be retaining the chiplet design, but we’re not sure how long will the ageing AM4 socket endure.
- The Fourth Gen Ryzen processors will either see higher core counts or better thread counts thanks to a new and improved iteration of Simultaneous Multithreading.
- Considering the backlash AMD got due to lack of overclocking potential of the Zen 2 chips or rather inability to reach advertised boost clocks, it’s almost certain that these areas will be a major focus for Vermeer.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 and 4000
AMD’s 3rd Gen Threadrippers packing as many as 64 Zen 2 cores are slated for launch in the next few days along with the Ryzen 9 3950X. All the Threadrippers with the exception of the 64 Core flagship is expected to come out this month itself while the former will launch in early 2020.
The 3rd Gen TR lineup is dubbed Castle peak while the 4th will be called Genesis. Regardless, they ought to bring server levels of performance to single-socket machines, another first for the PC market. AMD seems to be naming the TR series after mountain-peaks in and around Washington.
Moving on to the APU lineups, the 4th Gen Renoir is expected to come out in early 2020. These will be based on the Zen 2 cores but the Vega architecture will be retained, although with higher shader counts. Fans expecting to see Navi on the APU space will have to wait, as we have enough proof that Renoir will leverage the older GCN design.
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