AMD’s Senior Product Manager, James Prior, has recently talked to folks at OverclockersUK regarding key details of the company’s upcoming plans for its products. These include more insight of the Vega 11 GPU (used in Raven Ridge APUs), Zen 2, and increase of Vega GPU supply.
Let’s first look at what was said by James Prior regarding Vega 11. For those who may not be aware, AMD’s Vega 11 is a graphics solution that will be integrated onto the company’s upcoming Raven Ridge APUs. According to Prior, Vega 11 will indeed feature 11 CUs (compute units) which is slightly higher than AMD’s earlier released Vega-based APU graphics solution, which come with 8 and 10 CUs respectively.
Next up is Zen 2. It’s worth noting that Zen 2-based processors won’t be releasing anytime soon. Next year’s AMD Ryzen refresh processors (Ryzen 2000?) will be based on AMD’s Zen+ architecture instead. That said, Prior mentioned that the Zen 2 architecture will indeed feature the 12nm process technology.
In addition, Prior also reassured consumers that AMD will continue to support and utilise the AM4 platform until 2020. This, of course, means that future consumer-grade, mainstream AMD CPUs, up to 2020, will all feature the same socket. This is great because consumers will most likely need not purchase a new motherboard every time a new AMD CPU is released – though this has not been officially confirmed by AMD.
Finally, the AMD Senior Product Manager has also stated that AMD will be increasing its RX Vega graphics card stock. This will allow for prices of both RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64 graphics cards to be somewhat reduced over time. Interestingly, folks at VideoCardz have mentioned that AMD will also be directly providing its partners with Vega GPUs; this will allow custom card manufacturers to have better yields of custom RX Vega models. AMD itself, meanwhile, will no longer be producing reference RX Vega graphics cards moving forward.