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AMD prepares two big events for October

by on10 September 2020

Zen 3 on October 8th and RDNA 2 on October 28th

AMD has finally unveiled the date for its two big events scheduled for October, including a Zen 3 event on October 8th, and the RDNA 2/Radeon RX 6000 series event scheduled for October 28th.

The first event scheduled is the Zen 3 event on October 8th at 12 p.m. ET. AMD's Zen 3 CPU architecture should bring significant performance improvements, and we expect to see the announcement of the Ryzen 4000 series desktop CPUs, or as AMD announced, "next-generation Ryzen Desktop processors".

There have been a lot of rumors about Zen 3 earlier, including that it has been delayed to 2021, or that it is based on a 5nm manufacturing process, both quickly shot down by AMD and its official roadmap. The latest one suggests that we could see a 10-core Ryzen 4000 series desktop CPUs. The same rumor also mentioned the Curve Optimizer feature, which should bring better control of the boost algorithm, as well as improvements from the 3rd gen Infinity Fabric.

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In case you missed it earlier, Ryzen 4000 series will be supported on X570 and B550 chipset motherboards.

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There has not been a lot of information about the actual architecture, other than earlier rumors than a slide that gave us a bit of detail showing that Zen 3 CCD (chiplet) features eight CPU cores per chiplet and share 32MB of L3 cache, but hopefully, we will know more soon.

AMD confirms the Radeon RX 6000 series name with the October 28th event

After the Zen 3 event, AMD is preparing a big Radeon Graphics event for October 28th at 12 p.m. ET. Based on the same RDNA 2 architecture as the upcoming next-generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft, the RDNA 2 architecture is said to bring significant performance-per-watt improvements. According to AMD, we can expect a 50 percent improvement over RDNA architecture.

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The architecture supports DirectX feature level 12_2 and is said to bring ray tracing, variable rate shading, and other features to its GPU feature set.

Someone from AMD jumped the gun confirming that the next-generation Radeon Graphics will be called Radeon RX 6000 series, which is not a big surprise.

Nvidia has a decent head-start on AMD, as its first Ampere-based RTX 30 series cards will be available in September, with RTX 3080 on September 17th, followed by RTX 3090 on September 24th. Nvidia will even have time to roll out the RTX 3070 in October, before AMD gets its Radeon RX 6000 series to the market.

Of course, we are eager to see both the new Zen 3-based Ryzen desktop CPUs as well as RDNA 2-based Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards and we hope that AMD will manage to keep its momentum going, as competition will benefit the average consumer.


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