AMD Lowers Prices On Ryzen 7, 5, 3, And Threadripper CPUs

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This means that AMD is following the same schedule as previous year so it is likely that users will get the Ryzen 7 in March with the Ryzen 5 and the Ryzen 3 to succeed it.

Just ahead of CES 2018, AMD has detailed a whole bunch of stuff that will be coming out this year, covering everything from 2nd-gen Ryzen processors and desktop Ryzen APUs, to new Ryzen Mobile APUs and even discrete mobile Vega GPUs.

The Ryzen CPU with Vega graphics is a product we all expected to see, it's the first ideal marriage of AMD's revitalized CPU division and its considerable advantage in integrated graphics. With Ryzen 5 Pro you'll see four cores and eight threads, a maximum boost speed of 3.6 GHz, and eight CUs; Ryzen 3 will deliver four cores and four threads, a top boost speed of 3.4GHz, and six CUs. In the second quarter, Ryzen Pro Mobile parts-more or less identical to the regular Ryzen Mobile parts but with the lifecycle guarantees that enterprise buyers often demand for their fleets-will be released. So we're getting down to sizes almost 1000 times smaller than a human hair.

It's not just about Zen+, however, as Zen 2 and Zen 3 (using 7nm process technology) are looking like solid products for next year and 2020.

In graphics, AMD expects to expand its Vega product family in 2018 with the Radeon Vega Mobile GPU for ultrathin notebooks.

The new B450 and X470 are just part of a new breed of compatible chipsets that come with the added support for PCI-Express 3.0 for general goal lanes. AMD has also announced its next-generation X470 desktop chipset, promising better power efficiency and launching in April 2018.

As of this writing, Intel doesn't have a direct competitor for the latter; the closest is the four-core-four-thread, 4-GHz Core i3-8100, now priced at $117.

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That means you might get some improved overclocking, but aside from the I/O performance the old 300-series boards aren't going to be too far off the pace of the new chipset when it comes to getting those new 12nm chips rocking.

Are any desktop processors with integrated graphics on the horizon?

There don't appear to be any other substantial changes to the underlying architecture, though AMD may have a surprise or two in store.

Those desktop parts, in particular, fill a significant gap in the current Ryzen range. The Ryzen 3 2200G has 4-cores/4-threads and runs at up to 3.7GHz, with 8 CUs, a 65W TDP, and a price of $99.

Finally, AMD hasn't forgot about corporate users. AMD has previously stated that it will be skipping the 10nm node entirely and going direct to 7nm, but I still wasn't expecting parts quite this soon.

AMD mentions new deep learning operations support for 7nm Vega, which could be something similar to Nvidia's Tensor Cores in GV100.

Meanwhile, Navi, the follow-on graphics architecture to Vega, will be produced with 7-nanometer circuitry, and AMD's follow-on "Next-Gen" graphics architecture is expected to go into production with a 7-nanometer-plus process. There was no specific timeframe given, so we don't know if 7nm Vega will arrive earlier in the year or later, but I'd lean toward the latter. Ryzen may not dominate in every area, with gaming in particular being a weak spot, but bang-for-the-buck it's hard to argue with the Ryzen CPUs. However, we may see a few new custom-cooled variants of Vega throughout the year. AMD intends to take its momentum from 2017 and carry that through 2018, with aggressive roadmaps and some interesting products.

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