AMD’s Zen 3 and Radeon RDNA 2 products are reportedly due to release this October

AMD's Zen 3 and Radeon RDNA 2 products are reportedly due to release this October

AMD’s Zen 3 and Radeon RDNA 2 products are reportedly due to release this October

Rumour has it that AMD’s planning to release its next-generation CPU and graphics hardware in October 2020, releasing before Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Sony’s PlayStation 5 consoles. 

On the CPU-side, AMD plans to release its Zen 3 series of processors, which will make up AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series of desktop products. On the graphics side, AMD will deliver RDNA 2, the graphics architecture which will power the next generation of games consoles. 

A simultaneous release? 

The marketing angle behind this is simple. With AMD, you can upgrade your entire system today to achieve next-generation gaming performance. AMD made the same move on 7/7 2019 with the release of their Ryzen 3rd generation processors and their RX 5700 series RDNA graphics cards. This factor makes a similar move likely with the launch of RDNA 2 and Zen 3. 

With AMD launching these products before the next-generation of games consoles, AMD will be able to highlight Zen 3’s architectural enhancements over the Zen 2 cores used in PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Similarly, AMD can also reveal high-end RDNA 2 products with more raw performance than both console platforms, giving them some easy “better than next-gen” headlines.  

Zen 3

AMD hasn’t released much information on Zen 3 officially, but that doesn’t mean that we know nothing about the architecture. For starters, we know that Zen 3 will use a 7nm process node, and that this node will likely be an enhanced version of the process used to create AMD’s Zen 2 CPUs. 

Back in 2019, AMD’s Martin Hilgeman, their Senior Manager of HPC applications, revealed slides at the HPC AI Advisory Council’s 2019 UK Conference which shown attendees some early information about the company’s Zen 3 architecture. AMD has since gotten footage from this conference removed from the internet. That said, this information came directly from AMD, and therefore should be considered accurate. 

Based on AMD’s slides, Zen 3 will support the same SP3 motherboard platforms as Zen 2 and ship with the same core/thread counts as today’s Zen 2 series CPUs. AMD’s slides also suggest that Zen 3 will deliver users more L3 cache than Zen 2 and feature a revamped cache structure. This cache redesign is likely to lower cache latencies on Zen 3 processors and help make EPYC more suitable for a broader range of enterprise workloads. 

When it comes to gaming, this redesigned cache structure could work wonders for AMD CPU performance. Combine this with theoretically higher clock speeds and an IPC boost, and AMD’s onto a winner here. 

According to WccfTech, and other rumour sources, AMD’s Zen 3 architecture will reportedly offer users a 13% IPC boost on average and a 50% increase in floating-point performance. Remember that IPC boosts are always workload-specific, so these gains shouldn’t be expected for all workloads. That said, higher clocks will always boost CPU performance.     

AMD plans to deliver Zen 3 in


RDNA 2 will be AMD’s first DirectX 12 Ultimate complaint graphics architecture, offering gamers access to the entire next-generation gaming feature set. This means that gamers will be able to utilise raytracing, mesh shaders, variable-rate shading and more. 

On top of this. AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture promises a 50% boost in power efficiency over RDNA, despite using a 7nm class manufacturing process. These efficiency gains are architectural, not (primarily) from process tech improvements, which is an outstanding achievement for AMD.  

Looking at the specifications for both next-generation consoles, it is also clear that AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture will deliver higher clock speeds than today’s RDNA 2 graphics cards, a factor which will no doubt increase the performance of AMD’s future graphics cards. 

AMD's Zen 3 and Radeon RDNA 2 products are reportedly due to release this October  

With their next-generation product stack, AMD plans to offer its customer heightened efficiency and increased system performance with their next-generation CPU and GPU products. This will place AMD into a strong position as the company enters 2021. 

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