AMD’s Pinnacle Ridge GPUs Expected To Debut Early Next Year
We might be seeing AMD’s next generation of Ryzen 2 GPUs hit the market sooner than we thought. WCCFtech has reported that AMD plans to release the new hardware within the first quarter of 2018.
The products will be AMD’s first to use a 12nm process and will consist of the 2000 series Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3. AMD says the new hardware will offer higher clock speeds, more overclocking options, and support for faster RAM.
The Ryzen 2000 Pinnacle Ridge line is expected to launch in February of next year starting with the Ryzen 7. The Ryzen 5 and 3 will follow in March of that year. All three will be made using GlobalFoundries ““Leading Performance” and will also make use of AMD’s improved Zen+ CPU microarchitecture.
The exact details of the Pinnacle Ridge line are currently unknown, but we do know that they will likely offer faster clock speeds and more energy-efficient systems. In terms of clock speeds, we are looking at 4.2-4.4GHz on the high end of the spectrum.
One other thing worth noting is that the new chips will be compatible with current AM4 motherboards. This should allow consumers to upgrade their existing GPU with a simple BIOS update. The 400 series chipsets will offer some improved features, but those hoping to save money can make do with the 300 series. This is a welcome change given that such backward compatibility wasn’t always a given.
The early release date is likely to help the chips compete against Intel’s upcoming 9000 series which are expected to launch in June of next year. This year has been a good one for AMD so it makes sense that they would try to maintain some of that momentum as they head into 2018.
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