During the recent launch event for AMDs new EPYC class of CPUs, the company talked up a variety of plans and new products. There’s plenty of business-facing products coming out of a new partnership with HP, namely the ProLiant DL325, DL385 and Apollo 35 servers, among other things. But what gamers are really interested in some teases for the next line of consumer-facing CPUs from the resurgent tech giant.
AMD released a short recap video of this launch event, which can be found below. Within that launch event, the red team revealed more plans they have for the future. Even after just pushing out its Zen 2 processors, AMD is already looking towards the future. And even though they claim to have the highest performance x86 processor currently on the high-end market with “Rome”, the company isn’t taking a break.
It turns out that AMD has already completed the initial design phase of the next-gen Zen 3 CPU architecture. And if EPYC CPUs are anything to go by, these will also offer top-tier performance at a decent price while prioritizing data security.
AMD could release the first Zen 3 CPUs in 2020, with Zen 4 succeeding them in 2021, although these are tentative windows are certainly subject to change as the design and production process moves forward over the next few months.
Details are pretty scarce, but we can say for sure that Zen 3 CPUs will feature increased density of transistors, as well some minor improvements to energy efficiency. And event though the 7nm process still rules the roost, further innovations and improvements within the TSMC process will help AMD push the limits of what’s possible.
The Zen 4 remains a complete enigma though, as we have no details on what the chip will be built on, or what processes it will support. It will likely still be based on a variation of the existing 7nm production process, but it would have to be radically improved to pack in a much higher number of transistors, which some argue is most important when measuring performance in 7nm and beyond.
It will also be very interesting to see how prices, especially in less-saturated regions with higher prices, adjust to new developments. Gamers and enthusiasts in many countries still find it cheaper to use slightly older Intel parts than AMD, so this will be a definite area for improvement with AMD over the next couple of years.