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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schujj07 - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkWho remembers when the top of the line GPUs cost all of $400. Now it costs $400 for a highend mid-tier card.
Spunjji - Friday, September 11, 2020 - linkPepperidge farm remembers.
Also me. I've been whining about this on every GPU launch since Pascal 😬
Tams80 - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkIf someone can't wait a month or so, then they're obviously a flakey customer and aren't that important.
Spunjji - Friday, September 11, 2020 - linkI don't think that's how any reasonable company would think about at its customers.
That said, I very much doubt AMD's goal is to "feed the fans" either. They need to win market share, not just maintain it. In theory that process also ought to please their current customers, but that's not guaranteed.
prophet001 - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkThe RDNA2 is probably not going to hold up to the Ampere cards. Maybe in a niche performance per dollar category but not overall performance.
FreckledTrout - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkThey are focused on Zen3. I think rightfully so. I'm not saying RDNA2 isn't going to be good just they are more worried about Zen3 landing this early fall than RDNA2. This is the right priorities.
San Pedro - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkThey can't release any comparisons to Ampere yet, it is not possible as those cards haven't been released.
haukionkannel - Friday, September 11, 2020 - linkNot actually! If you look pc hardware sold, it is very stable around the year! The is very small tip around holidayseason, but very small.
So it does not matter when you release your product!
SaturnusDK - Friday, September 11, 2020 - linkIsn't most of the excess sales during the Holiday season from Black Friday sales anyway so not relevant to newly released products.
Flunk - Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - linkJust what I've been waiting for. I've been waiting on buying a new CPU to see what Zen 3 brings. I don't know if I'll end up buying a Zen 3 CPU or a heavily discounted Zen 2 CPU but it's nice to have the opinion.