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AMD CPU Desktop Platform Roadmap Apparently Leaked

Category: CPU's
Posted: 09:37AM

Yesterday saw the leaking of potential pricing and specification information for the upcoming AMD Ryzen 2000-series of CPUs, but that was not the only AMD leak of the day. This one apparently came from a special event for retailers and distributors and shows the desktop CPU architecture roadmap to 2020, covering CPUs, APUs, and HEDT CPUs.

The start of the roadmap is 2017, so it shows us some information we are already familiar with, but some of the 2019 and 2020 names are new, as is the description of the release cycle. According to the roadmap, 2019 will see the release of Matisse, the Zen 2 AM4 CPU, Picasso, the AM4 APU, and Castle Peak for the HEDT CPU. In 2020 the AM4 CPU launched will be Vermeer and the AM4 APU will be Renoir. The HEDT CPU for 2020 does not have a codename here and is labeled as just NG HEDT. Beneath the road map the yearly releases are marked as being Inflection releases, meaning a new fabrication process and new CPU core, or Optimization coming from process maturity and efficiency enhancements. The Inflection releases follow what we already know, with 2017 and 2019 both labeled as such (the releases of the Zen and Zen 2 architectures), and the Optimization for this year agrees with the Zen+ release coming next month. The Optimization mark for 2020 makes sense too, just following a cycle of introducing new technology and then refining it before the next major introduction.

Another leaked slide shows the lineup for the upcoming Pinnacle Ridge SKUs, though at least one aspect of it is a little curious. According to this slide, there will not be a Ryzen 7 2800X CPU and the Ryzen 7 2700X will fill the slot for both the 1700X and 1800X. I have been seeing some comments that removing the x800X SKU makes sense as a means to reduce confusion between three top-of-the-line parts. What is a little odd though is the label above the 2000-series CPUs: 2H 2018. The current expectation or hope is these processors will be launching next month, which would be Q2 and still in the first half of the year. The slide does also say "Schedule subject to change" but we will have to wait and see what happens.

Source: VideoCardz

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