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At an investor event, AMD announced the launch of Navi, Ryzen 3000 and Epyc 2. The three product families will be launched in the third quarter of 2019.
2019 will be an exciting year for AMD
2019 is a good year for AMD. The company is switching to new manufacturing techniques for both processors and graphics cards. Specifically, this involves TSMC’s 7nm process, which is used to manufacture both the Zen 2 processor architecture with Ryzen 3000 and Epyc 2 and the Navi graphics card architecture.
The focus is on Zen 2 in particular, as the technology enables significantly more cores in both Epyc 2 and Ryzen 3000. The Ryzen 3000 processors will have up to 16 cores with the same socket, while the already presented Epyc 2 series have up to 64 cores. This also is possible through a new chip structure with a central management chip and smaller chiplets that only contain the processor cores and the cache. But also the new graphics card architecture Navi plays a major role. According to the latest rumor, it will be the breakthrough for AMD, similar to Maxwell’s breakthrough for Nvidia. In terms of price, AMD is expected to position itself well below Nvidia’s upper mid-range aka RTX 2070 for the same performance. The launch date had previously always been indicated as “around the middle of the year”. However, AMD has now announced more concrete plans at an investor event.
Navi, Ryzen 3000 and Epyc 2 to be launched in Q3 2019
At the AMD Annual Shareholder Meeting, AMD released more details on the launch of upcoming products. The presentation slide bears the euphoric headline “The strongest product portfolio in AMD history”, which according to the current state of knowledge could well be correct. It shows four important AMD divisions: 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs, AMD Radeon VII + “Navi”, 2nd Gen Epyc CPUs and Radeon Instinct MI60. While the Radeon Instinct MI60 is already marked “Available now”, the other categories only show “Q3 2019”. So the last rumors that refer to the presentations of Ryzen 3000 and Navi probably also apply. While Ryzen 3000 will most probably be presented at Computex 2019, a presentation of Navi is planned for E3 2019. A joint market launch at an event on July 7 (i.e. the third quarter) is therefore becoming more and more probable.
Threadripper missing, speculations about GPU names
There is also another conspicuous feature of the presentation. Threadripper still appeared in an earlier roadmap. Recently, however, the product family has already disappeared from a later version of the same roadmap. Threadripper also shines with absence in the current shareholder presentation. Of course, this also fuels speculation as to whether AMD will simply end the product family because of possible 16 Ryzen cores. The market is probably too small and with relatively low prices it is probably not a profitable project for AMD. Threadripper has also shown Intel what’s going on, but Ryzen 3000 could actually make the HEDT processors obsolete. At least this year, there will therefore very probably be no Threadripper CPUs. It remains to be seen whether AMD will take the plunge and take Threadripper with 24, 32, 48 and 64 cores, enabled by Epyc 2, to a new level.
You can also speculate about the names of the GPUs through the published slide. While AMD used the “Vega” together with the number of compute units as the name for RX Vega, Polaris and most of the predecessors had a numbering. On the presentation slide the word Navi is written in quotation marks. The only thing that is clear is that the architecture bears the name Navi, the name of the individual models are still open. However, the word Navi could not appear in it, as the quotation marks indicate. The last leak speaks of a numbering in the style of Nvidia, i.e. “RX 30xx” including intermediate models with XT at the end. The RX 3080 XT will be the top model of the first generation, while the RX 3090 XT with Navi 20 will follow in 2020 as the new top model. What the names will actually look like will probably not be known until E3 2019 at the earliest.