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AMD will build another round of Zen CPUs on 14nm+ before jumping to ‘Zen 2’ and 7nm

This evening, AMD held a conference call to follow up and provide additional clarification to some of the announcements it made during the Financial Analyst meeting on Tuesday this week. During that event, AMD unveiled the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, alongside its forthcoming Threadripper and EPYC processors. However, GPU and CPU roadmaps were also updated, with AMD showing plans for Zen 2 and Zen 3 architecture. Before we get to future generations of Zen though, there will be an incremental update to the 14nm Ryzen CPUs currently on the market.

During the follow-up call this afternoon, AMD confirmed that it would be building another generation of Ryzen processors. However, next time around, they will be based on refined ’14nm+’ technology, likely paving the way for efficiency improvements and perhaps better clock speeds.

After that ‘incremental’ update, AMD will begin focussing on ‘Zen 2’, which is confirmed to be built on the 7nm process at Globalfoundries. Current estimates point to a 2019 date for 7nm. This will then later be followed up by ‘Zen 3’, so AMD is set on the CPU front for the next several years.

In the meantime, the current iteration of Zen still has plenty of room to grow. We have Ryzen 7 and 5 already but later this year, the lineup will expand with Ryzen 3, Threadripper 16-core CPUs for HEDT systems and the 32-core EPYC SoC for data centres.

KitGuru Says: After being stuck with the FX-series for so long, it is nice to see that AMD has a healthy roadmap planned for future CPU launches over the next several years. Hopefully Zen will continue to remain competitive during that time. Have any of you made the jump to a Ryzen processor already? Are you holding out for future iterations? 

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  • Rocky40

    So yea hopefully this 14nm+ will breath some more life into the Ryzen CPU’s. Also hopefully tweak a few of the short comings of the CPU as well now that AMD knows where to look and what to do to fix some minor issues. Oh and of coarse getting a clock speed boost would be a good idea also even if only to 4.2ghz and a OC of 4.4-4.5Ghz would make these Ryzens look a lot better when compared to Intel’s selection. All people see these days is those FPS in the games and that Ghz rating on the OC’d parts nothing else matters to them.

  • KVragec

    You are right. It’s a shame really. Ryzen is a great all around architecture. When I saw Zen 2 roadmap it stated 2018 on a another site. And that Is what I’m aiming at. Would not mind 2019 either but sooner is better.

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  • Petar Posavec

    What I find interesting is that in several benchmarks and even games, even on stock clocks, Ryzen is getting comparable, same or even better results than Intel.

    in order to get more out of it, developers need to optimize their software for Ryzen… and if they do that properly, even the existing Ryzen can easily overtake Intel at clock for clock (as it’s mainly comparable/same in IPC to 7700k at same clocks even).

  • Jimmy Q

    i’m still gaming at 1080p, so no Ryzen for me.

  • Jimmy Q

    All GAMERS see these days is those FPS in the games and that Ghz rating on the OC’d parts nothing else matters to them.

  • lehpron

    Sadly true, but I’d change it to “overclocking enthusiasts that happen to game” because a true gamer is all about the game, which means they don’t put as much emphasis on being knowledgeable about hardware, overclocking, DIY, etc.

  • Petar Posavec

    Your loss in that case.
    You don’t really lose that much at 1080p with Ryzen. The differences are negligible as gaming is still fluid with more than enough FPS.
    You also need to take into account the fact that 1080p performance will further improve over time, and you can also use Ryzen for a lot more tha just gaming.

  • Jimmy Q

    I’m not paying for lower performance, and i don’t need Ryzen for a lot more than just gaming.

  • Jimmy Q

    overclocking is incredibly easy….