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AMD to unveil more details of the new Ryzen 2 CPUs at GDC in March

AMD Ryzen 2 performance

AMD will release their second generation of Ryzen CPUs in April, but we’ll get a sneak preview of the new chips at the Game Developers Conference in March, just ahead of launch.

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The schedule for GDC is starting to be filled out and, for the second year running, AMD are hosting a session about optimising games for the Ryzen series of CPUs, which will include details about "upcoming next-generation Ryzen processors." 

We already know a fair bit about the new CPUs, thanks to AMD’s big pre-CES Tech Day. The Ryzen 2000-series of straight processors - not to be confused with the upcoming Raven Ridge APUs - will be manufactured on the updated 12nm production node.

That will mostly bring with it efficiency, rather than density, improvements, so don’t expect anything drastic to change in terms of core and thread-counts. But there will be higher clockspeeds, improved dynamic overclocking, and I’m hoping better gaming performance.

AMD GDC Ryzen 2 session

The improved gaming performance I’m expecting, because of the updated Precision Boost and XFR features, will likely play into what AMD’s Ken Mitchell and Elliot Kim will be discussing with game developers at GDC in March. Hopefully it will also give us more of an insight into exactly how much better the new Ryzen processors will be when they start to hit the shelves in April.

Obviously that’s not going to be the hottest AMD ticket at GDC. I doubt there’ll be even standing room left for AMD’s TressFX session about Simulating and Rendering Physically-Realistic Curly Hair. That room is bound to be a who’s who of game developers, all chasing the holy grail of Bon Jovi hair in-game.

Won’t somebody think of the mullets? 

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edens_remorse avatarDave James avatarDj_Zorbas avatar
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4 Months ago

Correction: these chips are Ryzen+, not Ryzen 2. Basically the same chips on a slightly improved node (12LP).

https://www.anandtech.com/show/12233/amd-tech-day-at-ces-2018-roadmap-revealed-with-ryzen-apus-zen-on-12nm-vega-on-7nm

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3 Months ago

Correction: Ryzen is the name of product, Zen is the name of the architecture ryzen products use.

This CPU product family is correctly been called Ryzen 2.

Ryzen 2 product family will use the Zen+ architecture.

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Dave James Avatar
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4 Months ago

The Ryzen 2000-series CPUs are the second generation Ryzen chips, hence why they're known colloquially as 'Ryzen 2' processors. They're using the Zen+ architecture on the new 12nm production process, so they're not actually called Ryzen+.

The 7nm Zen 2 processors are unlikely to use the same Ryzen nomenclature so I wouldn't expect there to be a Ryzen 2 name to go along with the Zen 2 architecture.

https://www.pcgamesn.com/amd-ryzen-2-release-date-specs-performance

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4 Months ago

I'd suggest these chips are known colloquially as "Ryzen 2" because tech writers don't pay attention to Road Maps and/or care about accuracy - https://images.anandtech.com/doci/12233/x86_to_2020.jpg

If I'm not mistaken, AMD had to use "Ryzen" rather than "Zen" due solely to trademark issues, no?

Feel free to use the correct term "Pinnacle Ridge" if accuracy means anything to you.

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Dave James Avatar
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4 Months ago

Thanks for your advice. Feel free to read any of the other pieces we've written about this upcoming Ryzen refresh.

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