AMD Ryzen 2 Set for March 2018 Launch on 12nm and HBM3 Doubles Memory Bandwidth up to 4Gbps

Good news today, we got confirmation for two things, first I start with the AMD news. According to a new roadmap presented by AMD, the second-generation Ryzen will launch in late Q1 2018. The new series will be manufactured using a refined 12nm Zen+ fabrication node, which should further improve performance-to-Watt ratio and likely unlock higher clock speeds.

AMD Ryzen Roadmap

Ryzen 2000 Pinnacle Ridge starting with Ryzen 7 in late February, followed by Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 in March 2018. It’s expected that the new processor is around 4.2 – 4.4GHz on the high-end, with a couple to several hundred MHz improvements across the lineup.

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The release of HBM3 is far off and specifications could change, but slides from a recent Rambus event indicate that the next iteration should offer 4000Mbps of bandwidth. HBM3 will feature an increased stack height and be built on the 7nm node. It’s not been expected to see HBM3 for consumer until 2019.