AMD reveals upcoming Ryzen processors with Radeon Vega graphics at CES 2018
AMD formally unveiled its forthcoming roll-out plan for its new and next-generation of high-performance computing and graphics products during an event in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, just in time before the opening of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018.
AMD Ryzen Desktop CPUs with Radeon Vega Graphics
AMD announced the first desktop Ryzen processors with built-in Radeon Vega Graphics. The company also discussed in full details the lineup of Ryzen mobile APUs, including the new Ryzen PRO and Ryzen 3 models and had a sneak peek at the performance of its upcoming 12nm 2nd-generation Ryzen desktop CPU that is expected to launch in April 2017.
AMD also announced the expansion of the Vega family with the announcement of the Radeon Vega Mobile, and its first 7nm product planned to become a Radeon Vega GPU specifically built for machine learning applications.
“We successfully accomplished the ambitious goals we set for ourselves in 2017, reestablishing AMD as a high-performance computing leader with the introduction and ramp of ten different product families,” said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD President and CEO. “We are building on this momentum in 2018 as we make our strongest product portfolio of the last decade even stronger with new CPUs and GPUs that bring more features and more performance to a broad set of markets.”
AMD CTO and SVP Mark Papermaster also disclosed updates on AMD’s process technology roadmaps for both x86 processors and graphics architectures.
For the x86 Processors, the “Zen” core, currently shipping in Ryzen desktop and mobile processors, is in production at both 14nm and 12nm, with 12nm samples now shipping. Meanwhile, the “Zen 2” design will improve on the award-winning “Zen” design in multiple dimensions.
AMD said it is expanding the “Vega” product family in 2018 with the Radeon Vega Mobile GPU for ultrathin notebooks.
AMD SVP and General Manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group Jim Anderson also divulged some details about upcoming AMD Client computing processors.
The Desktop Ryzen APUs combined the latest “Zen” core and AMD Radeon graphics engine based on the advanced “Vega” architecture, bringing the highest performance graphics engine in a desktop processor as well as advanced quad core performance with up to eight processing threads, 1080p HD+ gaming performance without a discrete graphics card, beautiful display features with Radeon FreeSync technology, and capable of reaping the full benefits of Radeon software driver with features such as Radeon Chill, Enhanced Sync, and Radeon ReLive. The upcoming product is set to hit the market starting February 12, 2018.
The 2nd generation Ryzen desktop CPU is the AMD’s first 12nm based processor with Precision Boost 2 technology. It is set to be introduced to the market in April 2018.
AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics
Aimed for commercial, enterprise, and public sector implementation, the Ryzen PRO Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics are designed to power sleek and powerful enterprise notebooks featuring the world’s fastest processor for commercial ultrathin notebooks, state-of-the-art silicon-level security, and reliable solutions with enterprise-class support and product stack top-to-bottom DASH manageability. These mobile solution products are expected to launch in the second quarter of 2018.
AMD also expanded the Ryzen Mobile Processor family, featuring the world’s fastest processor for ultrathin notebooks, with the introduction of the Ryzen 3 mobile processor, or the Ryzen Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics.
Meanwhile, AMD also shared some updates from the graphics and gaming fields. The brand discussed its first mobile discrete graphics solution based on the “Vega” architecture. The razor-thin Radeon Vega Mobile GPU is designed to enable new, powerful gaming notebooks in 2018 with extraordinary performance and incredible efficiency.
Also, Radeon Software will add support for HDMI 2.1 Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) technology on Radeon RX products in an upcoming driver release.
Lastly, Ubisoft announced that Far Cry 5 will support Radeon RX Vega specific features like Rapid Packed Math as well as Radeon FreeSync 2 technology, which enables the RX Vega users to enjoy the said video game at exceptional fidelity, with stunning frame rates and beautiful image quality.