AMD Ryzen Threadripper 4000 ‘Next Generation HEDT’ CPUs Confirmed For 2020 – Will Retain Support on TR4 Socketed Motherboards

Mar 8, 2018

It looks like leak season has come early for AMD as official marketing slides and roadmaps have started leaking ahead of their announcement. The latest leaked roadmap confirms new details regarding AMD’s HEDT Threadripper processor lineup and confirms AMD’s plans all the way up till 2020.

AMD Next Generation Ryzen Threadripper 4000 Series HEDT CPUs Headed For 2020 Launch – Retaining Support on TR4 Socket Makes The Enthusiast Within Me Happy!

Coming straight from Informatico Cero (via Videocardz) who are sharing the marketing roadmaps since yesterday, the new details are specific to the Ryzen Threadripper lineup. AMD has shown 3 new Ryzen Threadripper families which will be launched one after another. Yesterday, we came to know that AMD is following a semi-Tick-Tock cadence which involves Inflection and Optimization. The CPUs falling within the inflection period will feature a new process technology and a new CPU core. The ones falling in the Optimization period will feature process maturity and overall efficiency enhancements.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2000 ‘2nd Gen’ HEDT CPUs – 12nm Zen+ Cores For 2018

The roadmap shown yesterday reveals that AMD has at least three Ryzen Threadripper families up and planned for launch till 2020. Succeeding this years launch is Threadripper 2nd Gen, also to be known as Ryzen Threadripper 2000 series. This has been confirmed officially by AMD and will end up with 12nm Zen+ cores and adopt higher clocks and Precision Boost 2.0 / XFR 2.0 technologies.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 ‘3rd Gen’ HEDT CPUs – 7nm Zen2 Cores For 2019

Next up, we have the Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Gen or 3000 series family which is expected to debut in 2019. This family will be internally known as “Castle Peak” and is stated to bring dominant leader ship in the HEDT market. The family will proof to be a new watermark in performance and overall efficiency while new platform features will be introduced on the TR4 socketed motherboards to take them to the next level. We may be looking at PCIe Gen 4.0 support on these motherboards along with a core count bump which is rumored to be happening on the 7nm EPYC ‘Rome’ series by the end this year.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 4000 ‘4th Gen’ HEDT CPUs – 7nm Zen2+ Cores For 2020

Finally, the last update on the roadmap is 2020’s Ryzen Threadripper 4000 ‘4th Gen’ HEDT CPUs. There’s not much mentioned about these processors except that they will also fall in within the optimization period. This refers to a refreshed / mature node so we may be looking at 7nm+ or 5nm in this case and the launch is reserved for 2020.

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 64/128? 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 16/32 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

I think the main thing worth noting is that rather than switching sockets, AMD will retain future Threadripper compatibility on all TR4 socketed motherboards. Sure, there will not be the full feature set available on older TR4 motherboards as new processors launch as seen with the recent Pinnacle Ridge leaks but it’s good to have long term compatibility on older motherboards. Expect  more official details in the coming months.