AMD’s Ryzen 2
A leaked roadmap confirms AMD are gearing up to launch their next generation of processors. Codename Pinnacle Ridge, at the beginning of the new year. As a 12nm refresh of the first generation AMD Ryzen, these latest second gen chips (AKA Ryzen 2) are expected to offer higher clockspeeds, power efficiency, and improved SenseMI technology.
The Ryzen 2 lineup, according to WCCTech, will comprise of the Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 2000 chips, and are set to bring in better performance with jacked-up clock speeds and overclocking capabilities.
Core specifications for chip fans include the Ryzen 2 family being the first chips AMD will have built using the 12nm fabrication processes. To pack in more transistors into small squares of silicone.
The Ryzen 2 family will feature AMD’s Zen+ CPU architecture. Which is set to offer more power efficiency alongside beefier speeds and support for DDR4 memory running at higher frequencies.
Ryzen 2 should be at least a little better than the “worst case scenario” of the original Ryzen. According to their CPU marketing manager, and this die shrink should allow AMD to hit higher clockspeeds than before. It should offer at least enough improvement to tide us over until the AMD Zen 2 architecture rolls around. Using the 7nm process with some IPC improvements… stay hopeful.
The other side are planning to finally complete the full launch of the Intel Coffee Lake processor range between March and April of 2018. During this time, Intel are also expected to launch the remainder of their chipsets. Bringing Coffee Lake to mainstream and budget-minded customers. Despite Intel’s slow-launch across many, many months. Coffee Lake is going to be a fierce competitor to AMD’s 12nm Ryzen second gen.