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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Hxx - Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - linki have a feeling thats thats the point. i'm thinking RDNA 2 will be competing with the rtx 3070 and not so much with the other 2 higher end nvidia GPUs. That still could be good news if the card in question ends up being priced less and with similar perf.
Kigerone - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkMy thoughts? Unless you absolutely need a card immediately, you'd have to be an idiot to buy before both have had benchmarks come out from reliable sources.
nandnandnand - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkWell there are plenty of idiots out there, but those benchmarks for Nvidia 30-series might be out before any AMD RDNA2 card is available. Lost salez.
Qasar - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkthe smart people will wait, those that cant, dont want to wait, or only buy nvidia, will buy asap
mikeatx - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkalso tbh I might just buy to make sure I get that 3080 (or 3090) and don't have to deal with msrp markups or backorders
I mean, also I just don't think AMD has the goods, either, or I feel like they would release benchmarks before Nvidia releases.
San Pedro - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkHow are they supposed to release benchmarks against an unreleased product? These cards are going to be selling for at least a year and probably two, it's better for them if they get the product right. Also, it's likely they wanted to avoid Nvidia just upping specs to beat them before release like happened with the Super series. Nvidia won't be able to just kill their own cards a month after they're released.
Spunjji - Friday, September 11, 2020 - link@mikeatx - I don't recall AMD ever having released benchmarks for an upcoming product before the product's launch, so I'm not sure you can make that judgement.
dromoxen - Sunday, September 13, 2020 - linkThese cards will be much cheaper in two years Nv will win out on DLSS and ray tracing rather than sheer power/price.
Spunjji - Friday, September 11, 2020 - linkYou're both right.
A lot of the people who'd buy Nvidia before AMD have even launched their competition would buy Nvidia anyway, though - so it's debatable just how much of an impact it will have. Can't argue it wouldn't be better if they'd been able to launch first, though.
FreckledTrout - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - linkYeah agree.