Folks over at Informatica Cero and VideoCardz have uncovered AMD’s latest product roadmap, which reveals plenty of interesting information. The updated AMD CPU and APU roadmap outlines plans for its upcoming desktop-grade products in 2018 and 2019. Interestingly, this leak also covers what Radeon’s plans for Vega in 2018 as well.
Let’s first take a look at the alleged AMD CPU and APU roadmap. It seems that in 2018, the red company is planning to release its desktop- grade processors under the “Pinnacle Ridge” codename. This lineup of CPUs are expected to feature the same architecture as current Ryzen processors, albeit with a performance uplift. Unsurprisingly, these range of CPUs will come with the AM4 socket. What all of this basically means is that next year’s Ryzen processors may likely only come with slight upgrades compared to existing Ryzen CPUs.
Next up is AMD’s 2018 plans for its APUs (Raven Ridge). According to the leaked roadmap, the red company’s next range of APUs will be based on the Zen architecture and they will also be endowed with up to 11 Vega-based Compute Units. As expected, AMD’s upcoming APUs for the desktop market will be utilising the AM4 socket, while future notebook APUs will be based on the FP5 socket. Knowing how Raven Ridge will be based on Zen, consumers can expect AMD’s upcoming APUs to feature significant performance gains compared to Bristol Ridge.
Those aside, based on the aforementioned roadmap, consumers can expect AMD to introduce Zen 2-based desktop CPUs (codenamed “Matisse”) in 2019. Not much details is given regarding the improvements that will come with these range of processors, but one can at least assume that AMD’s new CPU architecture will feature significant performance and efficiency upgrades.
Next up are the APUs that AMD will be releasing in 2019. These APUs will, for now, be known as “Picasso” and they will be based on the Raven Ridge architecture (Zen). Improvements that’ll come with these APUs include performance and power efficiency uplifts. Also worth mentioning is the fact that AMD’s next EPYC server-grade CPUs come with a new codename: Rome.
When it comes to the GPU side of things, Radeon is expected to unveil its Vega 20 GPU sometime in the third and fourth quarter of 2018 – according to the leaked GPU roadmap. Unfortunately, the roadmap doesn’t contain expected improvements that’ll come with this GPU. Regardless, we do advice our dears readers to take these leaked AMD / Radeon roadmaps with a grain of salt.