AMD Zen 2 Based CPU Family is Called Pinnacle Ridge – Successor To Summit Ridge Arrives on AM4 in Early 2018

AMD is expected to launch their Summit Ridge CPU family successor, Pinnacle Ridge, in early 2018. According to a PCGameshardware, the new Pinnacle Ridge family will succeed Summit Ridge with a improved variant of the Zen core.

AMD Pinnacle Ridge Processor Family Planned For Q4 2017, Will Hit Retail in Early 2018

AMD launched their Ryzen CPUs just a week ago and reports of their next CPU architecture are already coming in. According to AMD's own multi-generational roadmap, the company indicated that Zen would be followed up by Zen 2 and Zen 3 which would feature incremental performance improvements, new features and IPC gains over current revision of the Zen core.

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"In new product development, you always learn a lot and we have our list of thingsthat we are adding to zen2 and zen3 to get even more performance going forward." - Dr. Lisa Su, President and CEO!

AMD already gained a staggering 52% leap in IPC (Instruction Per Cycle) with their Zen architecture so we can expect further gains (5% - 15%) with the Zen follow-ups. AMD hasn't detailed much about the Zen 2 architecture but their CEO, Lisa Su, confirmed in an Reddit AMA that they have a large team working on it as of right now so it should hit the market and they have a list of things being added to Zen 2 and Zen 3 that will gain pump out even more improvement out of these high-performance cores.

AMD Pinnacle Ridge CPU Family Will Feature Zen 2 Cores - Even More Performance For Desktop and Server Users

Little is known about the Pinnacle Ridge lineup but one thing is for sure that enthusiasts and enterprise users will be looking at even more performance compared to the first generation Zen core. The roadmap that PCGameshardware is a few months old and indicates that the chips were planned for launch in Q4 2017. However, they later suggest that due to some delays, AMD has pushed the launched to early 2018 so we can see it a year away from now.

AMD Pinnacle Ridge Zen 2 and Zen 3
AMD's multi-generational roadmap confirmed Zen 2 and Zen 3 as successors to Zen core. (Image Credits: PCWorld)

Given the IPC increase, we could be looking at anywhere from 60-65% total IPC increment over Excavator which is a huge leap in performance. AMD might also sort out some issues that they are currently facing with optimization in gaming applications, compatibility with higher clocked DDR4 memory and lower CPU clock speeds. Improvement in process nodes with return better yields and chips that are clocked higher than the current SKUs.

"We plan for AM4 to be around a long time." - James Prior, CPU Business Development

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Furthermore, the new Pinnacle Ridge family will remain compatible with the AM4 socket as AMD has already stated that they plan to stick with AM4 for a long time. It's possible that even Zen 3 processors will be compatible with a updated revision of the socket while allowing backwards compatibility with older (by then) Zen 2 and Zen based desktops chips.

AMD's Raven Ridge Arriving in 2H 2017 Will Feature Enhanced Zen Cores and Vega GPU Architecture

The roadmap also showcased Raven Ridge which is AMD's new APU based on the Zen core architecture. AMD has stated that while Raven Ridge is the family name, all SKUs will be branded as Ryzen chips and will be heading for launch in 2H 2017. The old roadmap showed Raven Ridge as a 2018 product but that has changed. The roadmap also claims the possibility of Raven Ridge featuring enhanced Zen cores which could leverage from some enhancements that would later be adopted by the Zen 2 cores in the Pinnacle Ridge family.

"Raven Ridge APUs will be usefull named Ryzen." - Dr. Lisa Su, President and CEO!

On the GPU side, Raven Ridge will feature the brand new Vega GPU architecture. These small Vega cores would help boost the performance of integrated graphics processing on such chips. We can expect prices for these chips under the sub-$250 US range. AMD has also confirmed that Raven Ridge SKUs will have a range of quad core variants with SMT enabled (4 core/ 8 threads). AMD looks very strong with the current product roadmap and they have some really cool stuff coming out in the next few years.

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