AMD's 12nm Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge chips are officially launching in April

  • AMD's 12nm Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge chips are officially launching in April

AMD's 12nm Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge chips are officially launching in April

We've seen reduced Ryzen CPU prices at places like Amazon and Newegg for a while now, but AMD has now officially reduced the price of every Ryzen model to keep them highly competitive with Intel.

Along with the updated processors, AMD will also have a new X470 chipset.

So the entry-tier Ryzen 3 Pro CPU is a quad-core (four-thread) model clocked at up to 3.4GHz with boost, with integrated Vega Graphics boasting six graphics compute units and a GPU clock of up to 1100MHz.

Are any desktop processors with integrated graphics on the horizon?

AMD's GPU architecture roadmap now contains Vega 7nm for this year, Navi 7nm for 2019 and a "next gen" GPU based on the 7nm+ process in 2020.

Even as the first-generation Ryzen products continue to be rolled out, AMD is moving on with the first iteration.

Yes. In 2018, AMD will release Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 processors with Radeon graphics, for use in consumer, commercial, workstation, and enterprise systems. It offers only 2 cores (but four threads thanks to Hyperthreading) that run at 3.4 GHz. The Ryzen 3 2200G has base and boost speeds of 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz respectively and will cost $99 (approximately Rs. 6,265). The 12nm design alone is expected to deliver more than 10% greater performance than the 14nm process, so even if there were to be no shift in frequencies the Ryzen 2000 series CPUs would still be quicker. You get all of this for just $169, which is only $5 more than the Ryzen 5 1400, yet you get higher CPU clocks out of the box and decent integrated graphics.

The design tweak also means that there might not be any major IPC or architecture modifications to expect on the new AMD Ryzen 2, but an updated SenseMI tech might be part of the upgrade.

AMD launched a pair of high-end mobile Ryzen processors last fall and now at CES 2018, it's filling out its laptop APU family with a new pair of chips designed for affordable laptops and Chromebooks.

Lost amid the hoopla surrounding CES 2018, the much anticipated arrival of AMD's Ryzen platform follow up will be arriving in April of 2018, according to leaked press slides posted over at Videocardz.

The first laptops using Ryzen Mobile technology were announced in October 2017, with the Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U chips representing the company's high and mid-range offerings. This year, Vega will be getting a 7nm refresh, specifically to compete with Nvidia on the machine learning and AI front. With some industrious GPU, memory, and memory timing tweaks AMD's resident overclocker, Sami Makinen, was able to deliver a 39% improvement on the 3DMark FireStrike score. Like the original Vega, Vega Mobile uses the second generation of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2).

Because these new desktop APUs use a lot of the new features of the Pinnacle Ridge chips they require a new BIOS to work too.

Coming next month, AMD will roll out desktop Ryzen APUs, though interestingly AMD will initially have only Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 parts.

Considering performance should be in the ballpark of an Intel system with discrete GT 1030 graphics, but at a far lower overall cost, it could be a great option for those wanting to build a basic computer for some light gaming.