We’ve been expecting the next hardware leap from AMD for some time now, with various different hints and teases in recent weeks and months, but they’ve finally planted their flag in the sand for when they’re going to officially announce their new processors and graphics cards. We’ve now got the official roadmap for the next generation Ryzen Desktop Processors, and the Next Generation Radeon Graphics Cards.
AMD will be officially unveiling its new Desktop processors on October 8th. These will be based on the Zen 3 architecture, which AMD says will enable them to take their “PC gaming and content creation leadership to new heights”. We’re going to have to wait until then to find out all the key details of how this new generation of chips perform, but we’re expecting them to utilize a 7 nm+ manufacturing process, and offer some decent performance improvements and power efficiencies compared to the previous generation Zen 2 chips. They’ve had this architecture announced on their roadmap since 2017, so it’s been a long time in the making, and we don’t have long to wait now until AMD will start officially detailing the new processors that make up the Zen 3 based Ryzen lineup.
With the next wave of AMD Ryzen processors and the all-new Zen 3 architecture, @AMD is taking its PC gaming and content creation leadership to new heights. Learn more October 8. pic.twitter.com/PAvA5m3FGo
— AMD Ryzen (@AMDRyzen) September 9, 2020
We expect that they’ll be announced a release schedule, pricing, and the exact list of models that will be made available, at their October 8th event.
AMD is also preparing to unveil their new Radeon graphics cards later on in October, with the new line of Radeon GPUs being shown off for the first time on October 28th. The Radeon RX 6000 series line of GPUs, based on the new RDNA 2 architecture, will be officially unveiled at this time. AMD will be hoping that these cards serve as an answer to Nvidia’s new GeForce 30-series GPUs, but with the first of these cards releasing more than a month before this event, at least some people might not have the patience to hold off to see what AMD have on offer. AMD has teased a “deep collaboration with game developers” for the event, so it’s going to be interesting to see exactly which games they are working on Radeon specific features and functionality for, and how that compares with the various features of Nvidia’s new GPUs. AMD has previously said that they hope for RDNA 2 to offer “50% performance-per-watt” improvement versus the original RDNA architecture, and add key new features like hardware-accelerated ray tracing and variable rate shading. In addition to powering a range of graphics cards for gaming PCs, this GPU architecture will also power next-generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
— Radeon RX (@Radeon) September 9, 2020