AMD announced today that they would make a couple of consumer product presentations in October. The chipmaker, who has been very quiet since spring, will be conducting events for both the Ryzen CPU customer and the Radeon GPU product segments. Dubbing “A New journey begins” activities, the company will announce the first products based on its highly awaited Zen 3 CPU architecture and RDNA 2 GPU architecture.
The charge will be led by AMD’s CPU division. On 8 October at noon East, the company will present its Zen 3-based Ryzen desktop processors. The CEO of AMD, Dr. Lisa Su, will be among the presenters.
After that, just under 3 weeks later, AMD’s Radeon presentation, which is again at noon east, will be released. The company will be showing off its first products on the basis of the upcoming RDNA 2 GPU architecture. Meanwhile, tilting their hand a little early on branding, AMD has announced that this will be named the Radeon RX 6000 series.
At this time, AMD has not revealed any more specifics about these events, but over the last few months, the manufacturer has exchanged bits and pieces of information about its upcoming chip architectures. Based on AMD’s roadmaps, Ryzen Zen 3 processors will run on an improved version of TSMC’s 7 nm process, most likely TSMC’s N7P process, given AMD’s remarks, clarifying that they are not dedicated to EUV for 7 nm. Otherwise, for the time being, AMD remains tight-lipped on the Zen 3 architecture itself, but given that AMD would not benefit from a complete node shrink, we expect Zen 3 to offer some interesting and significant architectural changes over Zen 2.
Meanwhile, on the graphics front, AMD and its partners have previously confirmed that RDNA 2 will be a GPU compliant DirectX 12 Ultimate (feature level 12 2) architecture, which means that AMD will make significant changes to the graphics side of their GPU designs. The Navi 2x GPU family will gain support for ray tracing, variable-rate shading, and other features that will match the competition for AMD’s new GPUs, both for consoles and PCs.
Meanwhile, from a performance point of view, AMD is striving for a hefty 50 percent performance-per-watt leap, which could theoretically close the efficiency gap with NVIDIA. As well, the company has previously announced a high-end “top-of-stack” GPU for 4 K gaming, so we can expect some aggressive performance expectations from AMD.