AMD, a major US semiconductor maker, has announced on Twitter the announcement date of the long-awaited next-generation CPU and GPU. The next-generation CPU, the 4th generation Ryzen series, will be announced on October 8th (probably US time), and the next GPU, the Radeon RX 6000 series, will be announced on October 28th.
In this original tweet, both CPU and GPU are introduced as architecture (design structure) names “Zen 3” and “RDNA 2”, so in the technical announcement (= not the announcement of the installed product) ?? There was also a concern.
However, since it was announced later in another tweet with the new generation Ryzen and “Radeon RX 6000 series”, the product should be announced on the same day.
At the same time, there was a concern that it was not a product for PCs (especially in the Radeon series, there are cases where new generation products were announced from commercial products such as HPC), but this also needs to be concerned. It doesn’t look like it.
That’s because the company’s CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, commented in response to the tweet, “This fall will be exciting for all gamers.” In other words, it suggests the emergence of products for gamers.
By the way, 4th generation Ryzen is expected to announce “Vemeer” (development code) for desktop from the order of appearance of the current model. The CPU is expected to be released within 2020.
The semiconductor manufacturing process generation that supported the performance of the Ryzen series is “7nm +”, which is not a big relative change compared to the current Ryzen 3000 series (because there is no so-called process reduction).
However, the internal structure called “Zen 3” has been significantly modified due to the change of generations, and has achieved further improved IPC (instruction execution efficiency) and power efficiency compared to the current 2nd generation Ryzen. Since the operating clock that can be tolerated on the circuit side is expected to improve by several hundred MHz, it seems that the CPU will have a reasonable performance improvement compared to the Ryzen 3000 series.
In addition, it has been announced that the same “Socket AM4” as the current Ryzen will be used as the CPU socket of the product. Many users of 3rd generation Ryzen motherboards will be able to upgrade without having to buy a new one. Furthermore, at the product level, it is rumored that 10-core version products that do not currently exist will be prepared.
The Radeon RX 6000 series is a GPU whose on-board video card (graphics board) is also scheduled to be released within 2020.
It supports the hardware ray tracing function that was preceded by NVIDIA CPUs, and is expected to make a big leap in power (performance) efficiency, which is regarded as important in GPUs these days, compared to the current generation.
Furthermore, what cannot be overlooked by PC heavy gamers is that there is a high possibility that a powerfully configured (semiconductor chip) model, which has been rumored for about two years as the popular name “Big Navi”, will appear for the first time in a while.
This is because in the recent Radeon series, models in this class are focused on HPC, etc., and in the first place, “the video card for heavy gamers was virtually blank.”
Some are expected to be equipped with an expensive but ultra-high-speed HBM2 type video memory, and Radeon fans and others said, “It will finally be a generation that can effectively counterattack NVIDIA.” That was the expectation of.
In addition, “RDNA 2” announced in the original tweet means that it will be the second generation of the current model game design structure “RDNA” (Radeon DNA).
The GPU design of the same generation has also been adopted for next-generation home video game consoles, and the three main models currently in the stationary version-Sony’s “PlayStation 5”, Microsoft’s “Xbox Series X” and “Xbox Series S”- -The GPU part is all based on RDNA 2.
AMD is in great shape these days, with its 3rd generation Ryzen series of CPUs and EPYC for servers maintaining its superiority in terms of both performance and cost performance.
Engadget readers are also paying attention to what will happen to the CPU war against Intel in the future and how the bargain price of CPU will change by announcing a product with a design that will be the next generation as soon as possible. There should be many people doing it.
In addition, there is also a point that rivals are too strong, and if the rumor of “Big Navi” is true, the Radeon series, which has a rather weak presence, may have performance comparable to NVIDIA GPUs. It seems to be in.
Is this a way to counterattack rival NVIDIA? You should also pay attention to that point. Of course, in the end, it goes without saying that the price of the installed video card is likely to affect it (recently, many fans are disappointed with this point with video cards for Japan, so this is around here. I would also like to expect an offensive).