Pinnacle Ridge Processors Not Coming Next Month After All

Mark Papermaster, chief technology officer at AMD, said in a press briefing that the Zen core, currently shipping in Ryzen desktop and mobile processors, is in production at both 14-nanometer and 12-nanometer processes, and the 12-nanometer samples now shipping. According to the company, the Ryzen 7 Pro Mobile 2700U chip will is up to 22% faster than the Core i7-8550U on the PCMark 10 Extended benchmark test and 39% better when using TrueCrypt 7.1a encryption software; AMD also touts the 2700U's graphical prowess, stating it's up to 125% better than the Intel chip on 3DMark 11. These APUs are a continuation of what AMD brought to the table with Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 for mobile, except with lower core/thread counts and lower GPU compute unit counts. Better yet AMD just slashed the prices on a whole host of processors, something that you should see in etailer pricing in the coming days.

What specs will Ryzen Pro Mobile have?

Now, AMD has made the price cuts official for several models. The Ryzen 5 2400G is clocked at 3.6GHz with a boost speed of 3.9GHz and will cost $169 (approximately Rs. 10,695). It also features a cut-down GPU, moving to six compute units from eight in the Ryzen 5 model. OK that was lame, we admit it, but there isn't anything more interesting to talk about on the Vega roadmap front.

The Ryzen 3 2200U is a 2.5GHz dual-core APU (AMD's term for a processor that also has graphics) that can turbo up to 3.4GHz and has two physical processing cores and four threads; the 2300U has four cores and four threads, and starts at a lower 2-GHz clock rate (though its boost rate is the same). And we will be seeing these chips in a wide range of products: everything from mainstream notebooks to high-end ultraportables, in both 13- and 15-inch form factors.

With CES kicking off this week, all the major names have announcements, and AMD is no exception. The Ryzen 7 1800X debuted at $499, but now it's only $349. There's a catch, however, as AMD says the 7nm Vega parts will initially be destined for machine learning Radeon Instinct products, presumably with consumer variants coming later.

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In graphics, AMD expects to expand its Vega product family in 2018 with the Radeon Vega Mobile GPU for ultrathin notebooks. The desktop Vega offering, for example, features a z-height more in the 3mm range. The takehome message is that AMD has their act together and should deliver a steady cadence of updates for the foreseeable future.

Because these new desktop APUs use a lot of the new features of the Pinnacle Ridge chips they require a new BIOS to work too. Its latest Zen architecture, though, has been bereft: Between its desktop- and laptop-class Ryzen, enthusiast-centric Threadripper, and server-targeted Epyc Zen parts, not a single one includes the company's Radeon graphics technology - leaving buyers with no choice other than to shell out for a discrete graphics card or buy a non-Zen APU instead.

Considering performance should be in the ballpark of an Intel system with discrete GT 1030 graphics, but at a far lower overall cost, it could be a great option for those wanting to build a basic computer for some light gaming.

KitGuru Says: We are just at the start of the year, so it's possible more information will come down as the months go on.

  • Sonia Alvarado