AMD promises to release Ryzen Threadripper with the Zen 2 microarchitecture in 2019


In the March presentation for investors, AMD decided to reveal further details on its plans to release new generations of processors for desktops, workstations and laptops. Among the new products expected this year there are not only the third generation Ryzen desktop (Matisse), but also other new products: the second generation Ryzen PRO portable processors and the updated design Ryzen Threadripper processors, which had not been previously reported.

The slide published with the AMD processor plans contains a reminder that the Ryzen 3000 desktop processors, based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture, will be released in the middle of the year – exactly when it was initially promised. But apart from that, it turns out that after them will appear the third generation of processors RyEd Threadripper HEDT, which, like the EPYC server with the design of Rome, will use 7-nm chipset with Zen 2 microarchitecture. Unfortunately, over time specific release of these Ryzen Threadripper is not informed, but it is obvious that this will happen shortly after the appearance of the Ryzen 3000 massif in 2019.

It is worth mentioning that the design of EPYC with the design of Rome, whose output should also occur this year, suggests the possibility of using up to eight 7-nm eight-core chip-chips with a Zen 2 microarchitecture and a 14 nm chiplet with input-output circuits in a processor. Thus, the promising Ryzen Threadripper, as their server counterparts, in theory, will also be able to get a 64-core structure. However, at the moment there is no evidence of AMD's intention to double the number of cores in its workstation platform once again. A company could be limited to 32 cores and an increase in clock frequencies or the release of a processor, for example, with 48 cores. The only thing that can be said with certainty is that the future compatibility of the Ryzen Threadripper with the Socket TR4 platform is preserved.

Along the way, we note that the second-generation Ryzen PRO portable processors, which according to the plan should be released during the spring, will be the business-oriented analogues of the three thousand series recently announced Ryzen with the design of Raven Ridge. These processors, we recall, are based on the Zen + microarchitecture, have up to four cores and have integrated the Vega 10 or weaker graphics.

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