AMD CES 2018 Updates – Ryzen APU, Ryzen PRO, Vega Mobile & More!

Las Vegas – 2018 CES – January 7, 2018 AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today detailed its forthcoming roll-out plan for its new and next generation of high-performance computing and graphics products during the AMD CES 2018 technology update event in Las Vegas.

Alongside announcing the first desktop Ryzen processors with built-in Radeon Vega Graphics, AMD also detailed the full line-up of Ryzen Mobile APUs including the new Ryzen PRO and Ryzen 3 models, and provided a first look at the performance of its upcoming 12nm Ryzen 2 desktop CPU expected to launch in April 2018.

In graphics, AMD announced the expansion of the AMD Vega family with Radeon Vega Mobile and that its first 7nm product is planned to be a Radeon Vega GPU specifically built for machine learning applications.

AMD CES 2018 Updates - Ryzen APU, Ryzen PRO, Vega Mobile & More!

 

AMD CES 2018 Technology Updates

AMD CTO and SVP Mark Papermaster shared updates on AMD’s process technology roadmaps for both x86 processors and graphics architectures.

  • x86 Processors
    • The “Zen” core, currently shipping in Ryzen desktop and mobile processors, is in production at both 14nm and 12nm, with 12nm samples now shipping.
    • The “Zen 2” design is complete and will improve on the award-winning “Zen” design in multiple dimensions.
  • Graphics Processors
    • Expanding the “Vega” product family in 2018 with the Radeon Vega Mobile GPU for ultrathin notebooks.
    • The first 7nm AMD product, a “Vega” based GPU built specifically for machine learning applications.
    • A production-level machine learning software environment with AMD’s MIOpen libraries supporting common machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow and Caffe on the ROCm Open eCosystem platform. The industry’s first fully open heterogeneous software environment, which is making it easier to program using AMD GPUs for high performance compute and deep learning environments.

 

AMD CES 2018 Client Compute Updates

AMD SVP and General Manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, Jim Anderson detailed upcoming AMD client compute processors including:

  • The Ryzen desktop processor with Radeon graphics
    • Desktop Ryzen APUs combine the latest “Zen” core and AMD Radeon graphics engine based on the advanced “Vega” architecture, bringing:
      • The highest performance graphics engine in a desktop processor[i]
      • Advanced quad core performance with up to 8 processing threads
      • 1080p HD+ gaming performance without a discrete graphics card
      • Beautiful display features with Radeon™ FreeSync technology[ii]
      • Full benefit of Radeon software driver features including Radeon Chill, Enhanced Sync and Radeon ReLive
    • Planned to be available starting February 12, 2018.

Ryzen Desktop Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics

Model CPU Cores Threads Max Boost Clock (GHz) Graphics Compute Units[iii] Max GPU Clock (MHz) L2/L3 Cache (MB) cTDP (Watts)
Ryzen 5 2400G with Radeon RX Vega Graphics 4 8 3.9 11 1250 6 45-65W
Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega Graphics 4 4 3.7 8 1100 6 45-65W
  • 2nd generation Ryzen desktop CPU
    • AMD’s first 12nm based processor with Precision Boost 2 technology.
    • Scheduled for introduction April 2018.
  • Ryzen PRO Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics
    • Targeted for commercial, enterprise, and public sector implementation, Ryzen PRO mobile processors are designed to power sleek and powerful enterprise notebooks featuring the world’s fastest processor for commercial ultrathin notebooks[iv], state-of-the-art silicon-level security, and reliable solutions with enterprise-class support and product stack top-to-bottom DASH manageability.
      • Up to 22% more competitive productivity performance[v]
      • Up to 125% more competitive graphics performance than Intel i7-8550U and 150% more competitive graphics performance than Intel i7-7500U[vi]
      • Targeting Up to 13.5 hours of battery life[vii]
      • SenseMI[viii] features including Precision Boost 2 technology and Mobile Extended Frequency Range (mXFR)[ix]
    • Ryzen PRO mobile solutions are expected to launch in Q2 2018.

Ryzen PRO mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics

Model CPU Cores Threads Max Clock (GHz) Graphics Compute Units[iii] Max GPU Clock (MHz) L2/L3 Cache (MB) cTDP (Watts)
Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U with Radeon Vega Graphics 4 8 3.8 10 1300 6 15W Nominal
Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U with Radeon Vega Graphics 4 8 3.6 8 1100 6 15W Nominal
Ryzen 3 PRO 2300U with Radeon Vega Graphics 4 4 3.4 6 1100 6 15W Nominal
  • Ryzen Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics
    • AMD expanded the Ryzen Mobile Processor family, featuring the world’s fastest processor for ultrathin notebooks line up, with the introduction of the Ryzen 3 mobile processor.

Ryzen Mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics

Model CPU Cores Threads Max Clock (GHz) Graphics Compute Units[iii] Max GPU Clock (MHz) L2/L3 Cache (MB) cTDP (Watts)
Ryzen 7 2700U with Radeon Vega Graphics 4 8 3.8 10 1300 6 15W Nominal
Ryzen 5 2500U with Radeon Vega Graphics 4 8 3.6 8 1100 6 15W Nominal
Ryzen 3 2300U with Radeon Vega Graphics 4 4 3.4 6 1100 6 15W Nominal
Ryzen 3 2200U with Radeon Vega Graphics 2 4 3.4 3 1000 5 15W Nominal

 

AMD CES 2018 Graphics & Gaming Updates

AMD discussed its first mobile discrete graphics solution based on the “Vega” architecture. This razor-thin Radeon Vega Mobile GPU is designed to enable new, powerful gaming notebooks in 2018 with extraordinary performance and incredible efficiency.

AMD also announced that Radeon Software will add support for HDMI 2.1 Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) technology on Radeon RX products in an upcoming driver release. This support will come as an addition to the Radeon FreeSync technology umbrella, as displays with HDMI 2.1 VRR support reach market.

Ubisoft announced that Far Cry 5 will support Radeon RX Vega-specific features like Rapid Packed Math as well as Radeon FreeSync 2 technology. Radeon RX Vega owners will be able to enjoy Far Cry 5 at exceptional fidelity, with stunning frame rates and beautiful image quality.

 

AMD CES 2018 Footnotes

[i] Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 12/08/2017 for the Ryzen 5 2400G, and 09/04/2015 for the Core i7-5775c on the following systems. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on driver versions used.

System Configs: All systems equipped with Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows 10 RS2 operating system. Socket AM4 System: Ryzen 52400G processor, 16B (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2667 RAM, Graphics Driver 1710181048-17.40-171018a-319170E 23.20.768.0 :: 12/08/2017. Socket LGA1150 System: Core i7-5775c processor, 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1867 MHz RAM, graphics driver 10.18.15.4256:: 09/04/2015. 3DMark 11 Performance benchmark used to represent graphics power. The following processors achieved the following scores in 3DMark 11 ‘performance’ benchmark v1.0.132.0: The Ryzen 5 2400G: 5042. Also in v1.0.132.0, .The Core i7-5775c, the Intel desktop processor with the highest Intel desktop graphics performance, achieved 3094. RZG-01

[ii] FreeSync 2 does not require HDR capable monitors; driver can set monitor in native mode when FreeSync 2 supported HDR content is detected. Low-latency HDR only attainable when using a FreeSync 2 API enabled game or video player and content that uses at least 2x the perceivable brightness and color range of sRGB, and using a FreeSync 2 qualified monitor. Based on AMD internal testing as of November 2016. GD-105.

[iii] AMD Radeon and FirePro GPUs based on the Graphics Core Next architecture consist of multiple discrete execution engines known as a Compute Unit (“CU”). Each CU contains 64 shaders (“Stream Processors”) working together. GD-78

[iv] “Processor for ultrathin notebooks” defined as 15W nominal processor TDP. Based on testing of the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U, AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U, and Core i7-8550U mobile processors as of 10/6/2017 Performance based on Cinebench R15 nT and 3DMark® TimeSpy in order of AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U and Intel 8550U. Cinebench R15 nT results: 660.5, 498.2; 3DMark TimeSpy results: 978, 350. 50:50 CPU:GPU weighted relative performance with i7 baseline: Intel i7-8650U = (498.2/498.2*.5) + (350/350*.5) = 100%; AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U = (660.5/498.2*.5) + (978/350*.5) = 206%.AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U Processor: HP 83C6, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U Processor with Radeon Vega 10 Graphics, 8GB Dual Channel (2x4GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.19.655.0, 12-Sep-2017. i7-8550U: KBL Woody_KL, i7-8550U with Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB Dual Channel (2x4GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, MTFDDAV256TBN – M.2 Sata, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.20.16.4771, 12-Aug-2017. Different configurations and drivers may yield different results. RPM-6

[v] Testing by AMD Performance labs. PCMark 10 Extended is used to simulate productivity performance; the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U scored 3102, while the Intel i7-8550U scored 2533 for a benchmark score comparison of 3102/2533 = 1.22X or 22% faster. AMD Ryzen™ 7 PRO 2700U: HP 83C6, AMD Ryzen™ 7 PRO 2700U with Radeon Vega 10 Processor Graphics, 8GB DDR4-2400 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.19.655.2, 06-Sep-2017. Core i7-8550U: Acer Spin 5, Core i7-8550U with Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB DDR4-2400 RAM, MTFDDAV256TBN – M.2 Sata SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.20.16.4771, 12-Aug-2017. Different configurations and drivers may yield different results. RPM-2

[vi] Testing by AMD Performance labs. 3DMark 11 Performance is used to simulate system performance; the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U scored 4357, while the Intel i7-8550U scored 1937 for a benchmark score comparison of 4357/1937 = 2.25X or 125% faster and the Intel i7-7500U scored 1743 for benchmark score comparison of 4357/1743 = 2.50X or 150% faster. AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U: HP Envy x360 @25W, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U Processor with Radeon Vega 10 Graphics, 8GB DDR4-2400 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.19.655.2, 06-Sep-2017. Intel Core i7-8550U: Acer Swift 3, Intel Core i7-8550U with Intel UHD Graphics 620 @15W, 16GB DDR4-2400 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.20.16.4771, 12-Aug-2017. Intel Core i7-7500U: HP Envy x360, Intel Core i7-7500U with Intel HD Graphics 620 @15W, 8GB DDR4-2400 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.20.16.4691 , 01-Jun-2017. Different configurations and drivers may yield different results. RPM-1

[vii] Based on AMD testing as of 10/11/2017. Battery life targets for the AMD Ryzen PRO Processor with Radeon Graphics assume a fully power-optimized software/hardware solution stack, and the following system configuration: AMD Reference Platform, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U, 2x4GB DDR4-2400, graphics driver 17.30.1025, Windows 10 x64 (1703). Assuming a 50 Wh battery capacity, MobileMark 14 battery life for the Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U playback is estimated at 13.5 hours. Different configurations and drivers may yield different results. RPM-5

[viii] AMD SenseMI technology is built into all Ryzen processors, but specific features and their enablement may vary by product and platform. mXFR enablement must meet AMD requirements. Not enabled on all notebook designs. Check with manufacturer to confirm “amplified mXFR performance” support.

[ix] mXFR enablement must meet AMD requirements. Not enabled on all notebook designs. Check with manufacturer to confirm “amplified mXFR performance” support.

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