The Zen Roadmap, X470, and the Future
Many of you are probably wondering about the future of Zen, and the 2nd Generation of Zen will be called Zen+ and will be based on 12nm technology. It will offer roughly 10% performance increase over Zen, that is all we can say for now. We can say it will have higher clocks, Precision Boost 2, and will launch in April. The 2nd generation of Zen is already sampling to AMD's partners, but Zen2 (3rd generation) is already designed and is just wanting. Zen 3 (4th generation) will be on 7nm+ and will come by 2020.
AMD is shooting high when it comes to performance improvements; they want to exceed industry improvement standards and close the gap on their competition. We can also see how they compare their 14nm, 12nm, and 7nm processes against their competition.
Their new GloFlo 12nm 12LP Technology should provide 10+% over their 14nm 14LPP technology, and should improve performance per watt. AMD has also set themselves on some very ambitious targets, as they did in the past with the first Zen processor. They are also going to transition to Vega on 7nm before Zen, so they can work out any kinks if they arise.
In 2018 you will see Zen+ in April, but you will also see the X470 chipset. Pricing is also changed, and some new features have been added to the platform. AMD is still committed to AM4, and 1st and 2nd Zen generations will be fully compatible with X370 and X470.
Now X470 will come soon, but not immediately. It's more optimized for 2nd Generation Zen than X370, with improved memory layout, some USB enhancements, and any bugs in X370 worked out. While X470 motherboards will most definitely have RGB LEDs, AMD decided to up the RGB game and is adding the Wraith Prism to its arsenal. The Prism will offer intense RGB, with a clear fan, digital/addressable RGBs, and solid cooling performance.
I am tossing this slide out again; it's very important that you see the "AMD Ryzen Desktop 2000 Ready" sticker/logo on your motherboard box when buying a motherboard for your 2000-series Zen processor. Otherwise, you will need an older CPU to flash a new supported BIOS (if your motherboard doesn't have a USB BIOS recovery method) or you will need to take the motherboard into a computer store and have them flash it.
Enmotus FuzeDrive will have a version that will only work with Ryzen. It will allow you to pool all your storage and DRAM into a single drive, and it will work out where files are stored, so you get the best performance across different activities.
Dr. Lisa Su also made it abundantly clear that AMD is all about High-Performance Computing. It encompasses most of what we do today, and AMD is going full steam ahead. AMD also wanted to show us how their leadership in multi-threaded performance spans across all price points and has influenced the market overall.
Ryzen's 2018 roadmap also looks quite solid, and we will see Zen+ this year with major improvements. With Ryzen (includes ThreadRipper), Vega, and FreeSync 2, AMD is capable of producing a high-performance gaming ecosystem all under the AMD brand.
We will leave you with this last slide, because from what we have seen AMD is really going to double down in 2018. Let's see what the new year has in store for us!
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