AMD’s leaked road map shows plans for Ryzen, Threadripper processors until 2020

Details on AMD’s second-generation Ryzen desktop processors have leaked out over the last several months, and now the company’s entire processor road maps leading up to 2020 is now on display thanks to leaked marketing slides. They reveal what we already know to some extent — that the second-generation Ryzen chips will be based on a refreshed “Zen+” architecture, while the third-generation CPUs will rely on the company’s second-generation Zen2 design. 

But the leaked road maps don’t just focus on Ryzen desktop processors — we can now see what AMD plans for its high-end monster Threadripper processors, as well as its all-in-one Ryzen-branded chips (APUs) for laptops. Here’s a breakdown of what’s to come: 

  2017  2018  2019  2020 
Architecture: 

Zen 

Zen+ 

Zen2 

Zen2+ 

Process node: 

14nm 

12nm 

7nm 

7nm+ or 5nm 

TR4 Socket 

Threadripper
1000 Series

Threadripper
2000 Series

Treadripper
3000 Series
(Castle Peak) 

Threadripper
4000 Series
(NG HEDT) 

AM4 Socket
(desktop) 

Ryzen
1000 Series
(Summit Ridge) 

Ryzen
2000 Series
(Pinnacle Ridge) 

Ryzen
3000 Series
(Matisse) 

Ryzen
4000 Series
(Vermeer) 

AM4 Socket*
(laptop) 

N/A 

Ryzen
2000 Series*
(Raven Ridge, Zen) 

Ryzen
3000 Series*
(Picasso, Zen+) 

Ryzen
4000 Series*
(Renoir, Zen2) 

Notes 

New CPU core 

Optimized 

New CPU core 

Optimized 

As the roadmaps show, the Threadripper 2000 Series and Ryzen 2000 Series chips released in 2018 will be based on an optimized Zen+ architecture tweaked for better performance and efficiency. That’s not the case for AMD’s Ryzen-branded all-in-one “Raven Ridge ” APU chips for laptops and desktops; they are a generation behind architecture-wise. Raven Ridge actually made its debut at the end of 2017 but didn’t really go “mainstream” until the beginning of the year.

AMD said in 2017 that it would continue to support its new AM4 motherboard socket until 2020, and the leaked road map shows just that. The company moved to the new processor “seat” with the introduction of its Zen-based chips while also launching the TR4 socket for its larger enthusiast-class Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. What AMD plans to do after 2020 is unknown at this point, but customers can swap out their current chips for upgrades for at least another two years. 

AMD essentially has two teams leapfrogging with its Zen foundation. “The core team came together some four years ago, they started building the design, they started creating this awesomeness,” said James Prior, a senior product manager at AMD. “And after they got the fundamentals worked out, they peeled off part of it, started them working on the next-generation micro-architecture.” 

In other words, team No. 1 is currently working on Zen 2 while team No. 2 is wrapping up the Zen+ refresh. Once that’s completed, the latter team will move on to the Zen2+ refresh planned for 2020. But while the Ryzen and Threadripper processors may retain the same socket until 2020, each upcoming release will include new features backed by new motherboard chipsets. So if customers merely swap out their processors, they may not get the full benefits of the newer chips. 

Although not included in the road map above, an additional slide shows the release of value-oriented APUs for 2020 dubbed “Dali.” As the code name suggests, AMD will continue with referencing famous painters, a trend that will officially begin in 2019 with the Matisse (mainstream) and Picasso (mobile) chips. 

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