AMD Will Be Launching The Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs, APUs And A Radeon GPU At CES

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Dec 24

I have received confirmation that AMD will be launching 3 classes of product at their CES keynote: the Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs, Ryzen 3000 Series (APUs?) with Vega Graphics and a consumer Radeon graphics card – which is probably the Radeon Vega II. Lisa will also be talking in depth about AMD’s 7nm progress at the CES keynote.

Update: AMD to launch a Radeon (consumer) GPU, Ryzen 3000 series and discuss 7nm progress at CES 2019 Keynote

Now the Ryzen 3000 series is fairly straightforward. We have been hearing about the upcoming Picasso series for quite a while now and there is even talk on the grapevine that this will be featured in an upcoming XBOX console. That said, AMD will be launching both the CPU and APU SKUs at CES 2019 at their Keynote. The APUs will have vega graphics and will be competing against Intel/NVIDIA combos in the mobility segment.

Perhaps the more interesting news is the confirmation that AMD will be launching a Radeon, consumer graphics cards. This much I have confirmed. As for what it is, based on my past talks with some industry insiders, I believe this is going to be the Radeon Vega II – the 7nm consumer variant of the Vega 20 GPU. This is something that I was told was one of the last projects of Mike Rayfield and should be the one AMD launches at CES 2019. (Update 4:39 AM 12/25/2018 PKT) Availability will be in 1H 2019 after the CES launch.

That’s it for the update if you want to stick to our source and verified data. If you want to read on some more juicy (but unvetted) deets, here they are from past rumors and leaks:

Rumored specifications and details based on past leaks:

The Ryzen 3000U series has already had a couple of leaks and will likely be one of the lineups that AMD reveals at the show in January. The U stands for Ultra Low Voltage variants and will be used in netbooks and laptops with battery in mind (ie not gaming laptops).

AMD Ryzen 3000U 'Picasso' Lineup Specifications (Preliminary):

Processor Name AMD Ryzen 3 300U AMD Ryzen 3 3200U AMD Ryzen 3 3300U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
Family Picasso Picasso Picasso Picasso Picasso
Process Node 12nm 12nm 12nm 12nm 12nm
CPU Architecture Zen+? Zen+? Zen+? Zen+? Zen+?
CPU Cores 2 2 4 4 4
CPU Threads 2 4 4 8 8
Base Clock TBD 2.10 GHz 2.10 GHz 2.60 GHz 2.2 GHz
Graphics Core Vega 3 CUs? Vega 3 CUs? Vega 6 CUs? Vega 8 CUs? Vega 10 CUs?
Stream Processors 192 SPs 192 SPs 384 SPs 512 SPs 640 SPs
L3 Cache 2 MB? 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB
TDP 15W 15W 15W 15W 15W

Here’s the thing though, past rumors indicated that the 3000U series will be based on the 12nm process and not the 7nm one while as some others have indicated that the Ryzen 3000 CPU series will be based on the 7nm node so it is unclear which process the 3000 series will hail from. The 7nm 3000 series is supposed to feature Zen 2 and the new X570 PCH (while staying on the AM4) socket and will be a considerable performance update over the last generation.

AMD CPU Roadmap (2018-2020):

Ryzen Family Ryzen 1000 Series Ryzen 2000 Series Ryzen 3000 Series Ryzen 4000 Series
Architecture Zen (1) Zen (1) / Zen+ Zen (2) Zen (3)
Process Node 14nm 14nm / 12nm 7nm 7nm+
High End Server (SP3) EPYC 'Naples' EPYC 'Naples' EPYC 'Rome' EPYC 'Milan'
Max Server Cores / Threads 32/64 32/64 64/128 TBD
High End Desktop (TR4) Ryzen Threadripper 1000 Series Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series (Castle Peak) Ryzen Threadripper 4000 Series
Max HEDT Cores / Threads 16/32 32/64 32/64? TBD
Mainstream Desktop (AM4) Ryzen 1000 Series (Summit Ridge) Ryzen 2000 Series (Pinnacle Ridge) Ryzen 3000 Series (Matisse) Ryzen 4000 Series (Vermeer)
Max Mainstream Cores / Threads 8/16 8/16 8/16 TBD
Budget APU (AM4) N/A Ryzen 2000 Series (Raven Ridge) Ryzen 3000 Series (Picasso) Zen+? Ryzen 4000 Series (Renior)
Year 2017 2018 2019 2020