AMD has detailed the roadmap for the Ryzen refresh and future Zen based processors, until now always referred to as Zen+, earlier this week.
In the slides presented the second generation of Ryzen processors is set to be released in Q1 2018. These new chips fill be produces using the new 12nm process that promises higher frequencies and better overclockability for the upcoming lineup.
Following the current naming scheme the new consumer flagship will be the 2800X and the second generation will also bring support for higher memory speeds. The new models are not to be confused with Zen 2, which is said to be released in 2019.
With CES being just around the corner we’ll most likely get more details in January but according to claims made by GlobalFoundries concerning the new 12LP node, we could see clock speeds rising to around 4.4GHz while improving even further on the power efficiency.
Together with Zen+ we’ll also see a new chipset generation with x470 being goto version for enthusiasts and we’ll most likely a lot of new mainboards at CES. But there is nothing to worry about: All upcoming Ryzen processors will still use the AM4 socket and the only thing needed to get Zen+ processors running on currently available mainboards will be a BIOS update.
One small detail caught our eye in the presentation: Ryzen gaming but for now we’ll have to guess since AMD wouldn’t comment on that one.