Just before CES began, AMD held an event in Las Vegas, sharing their roadmap for 2018 and forward. 2017 was a great year for AMD with the Ryzen CPU’s finally hitting market with a performance to price ratio that made the blue team shake. In 2018, we will see generation 2 of Ryzen CPU’s as well as the new Ryzen APUs which is sure to be popular in HTPCs and smaller systems.
Ryzen 2018 Roll-Out
AMD is planning to refine some products for last year and release new products as well. When it comes to CPU, the current Ryzen processors will be switched out with Ryzen Gen 2. It is important to note that this is not Zen 2, (which is the architecture of the CPUs). If you are waiting for Zen 2, you will have to wait for 2019, according to AMD’s roadmap. The Ryzen Gen 2 will start to roll out in April.
When it comes to new products, there is a heavy focus on APUs. We don’t have to wait long to get our hands on them since they will release in January and February. But with the information that was presented by AMD, these APUs is going to be popular for HTPCs and other types of small form-factor computers.
In the second half of 2018, we will also see new generations of the high-performing CPUs Threadripper. Just as Ryzen, this is not an upgrade to the architecture but more a refinement of last years Threadrippers.
Radeon Vega in 2018
When it comes to graphics, Vega wasn’t as popular as many had hoped. The price was too high for the performance you got. Because of cryptocurrencies, the graphics cards have been very limited anyway for those of us who wanted a Vega 64 or 56 and it will continue to be so when we go into 2018.
For 2018, Vega will be refined as well on the desktop side. The interesting part about Vega in 2018 is that there is now Vega Mobile, which AMD announced at the event. Hopefully, this means that we will see more gaming laptops with Vega in them during the year. Nvidia needs some competition in the graphics market just as Intel needed it on the CPU market (which AMD gave them with Ryzen).
We also got a glimpse of how the roadmap is looking for Vega up to 2020. There wasn’t much information on this new architecture Navi, so we will have to wait and see for now. But it’s fun to see that AMD is catching up Intel and Nvidia on both fronts. 2017 was their year when they came back into the game, at least for CPU’s. Let’s hope 2018 will be an even better year for AMD.
If you want to read more about the AMD event in Las Vegas, Anandtech has a great article discussing both Ryzen and Vega in more detail.