AMD's 2018 roadmap: Desktop APUs in February, second-generation Ryzen in April

AMD Vega Mobile vs Standard Vega

The Ryzen 5 2400G, for example, has a four core, eight thread CPU clocked at 3.6 GHz with a boost up to 3.9 GHz. Here's what you need to know about what they are and what they may have to offer you. Without knowing the system specs and detail settings used, this is hard to validate, but AMD's long-running graphics experience should provide a marked improvement in gaming on lower-cost machines. That is cheaper than the Ryzen 3 1200, but packs a faster CPU and integrated graphics as well. Without a complete range of integrated GPU parts, there are large markets where AMD can't compete with Intel.

What are the specs of these new chips?

Looking forward, work on the next Zen core, Zen 2, is already well underway. 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. These don't directly compare against any mobile chips Intel now offers in its 8th Generation line, but they are positioned on the low end, much like Core i3. SemiAccurate.com is a technology news site; addressing hardware design, software selection, customization, securing and maintenance, with over one million views per month.

What AMD did announce on the Vega front is Vega Mobile, a discrete GPU offering for ultrathin gaming notebooks. Also, the market for entry-level gaming in small form factor designs is significant. Because of this, AMD says it has low power usage and a 1.7mm Z-height (about half the height of the RX 580 mobile GPU). Zen 2 will be built on Global Foundries' 7nm process. But no manufacturers or product names were available at the time of publication.

When will the new Ryzen chips be released?

Sometime during the first quarter of 2018. While we first speculated that the chips will be coming out in March it has now been made official that the chips will be coming out in April instead which does make sense if it is to be revealed at CES 2018. Fully titled the "AMD Ryzen Desktop Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics", this new processor will utilize the same AM4 socket and motherboards that have been shipping since March of 2017.

Though the number of cores and threads are not going to change, you can count on getting higher clock speeds out of these upcoming AMD Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge 12nm based chips. The Ryzen 5 2400G is a quad-core multi-threaded model with 11 Vega compute units, and the Ryzen 3 2200G has four cores without multi-threading and only 8 CUs.

Jim Anderson, head of the computing and graphics business group, said at the briefing that desktop Ryzen APUs combine Zen cores with advanced Vega GPUs.

How powerful will Ryzen Pro Mobile chips be?

What sort of battery life will Ryzen Pro deliver?

As always, real battery numbers depend a lot on usage, so we'll report back once we've had an opportunity to test these laptops ourselves. These are simply the Ryzen "amateur" parts with the manageability features not turned off, but they are still very important. Why?

AMD hopes to carry on the momentum initiated with the Ryzen chips launched in 2017 with the second gen versions of the same.

What has AMD done about reliability on Ryzen Pro Mobile?

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.

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