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AMD 2018 Raven Ridge APU refresh confirmed

by Mark Tyson on 23 August 2018, 12:20

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AMD gave a presentation at Hot Chips 30 earlier this week in which it discussed the existing Raven Ridge APUs. This news won't excite many, as HEXUS reviewed Raven Ridge APUs back in February, when the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G were launched. However, the presentation contained a single slide tease that indicates there are new Raven Ridge APUs lined up for release later this year.

Tom's Hardware spotted the pre-announcement slide (pictured directly above) and shares it, alongside the full desk, in its write up of this news. As you can see, the new 'Raven Ridge 2018' processors will shortly succeed the Raven Ridge 2017 APUs on the AMD 25x20 chart. As a reminder, 25x20 is AMD's goal to increase processor energy efficiency by 25x by 2020. This goal was set in 2014 and AMD claims to be ahead of the curve in reaching the achievement on time. If you head on over to the linked page, you will see that an official webpage graph also makes reference to the 'Raven Ridge 2018' being the present state of play.

In the top chart you can see that energy efficiency is the most notable improvement with 'Raven Ridge 2018', that we know about. Tom's reckons that this could be delivered by a die shrink - the new processors could be 12nm parts it is thought.

A third party has leaked some information that could be a sign of things to come. HP has recently described a Pavlion AiO PC which comes packing a choice of several processors from AMD, with two of the most interesting options being the Ryzen 5 2600H and Ryzen 7 2800H.

The source article explains that "AMD uses the same Raven Ridge die for BGA-mounted mobile chips and socketed processors for the desktop," which means we could see a derivative of this processor land on the desktop. You will see all the other options are APUs and these 'U' suffix APUs, like the Ryzen 3 2300U, are 'mobile processors'.



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Think you may be getting ahead of yourselves here - wouldn't Raven Ridge 2017 be the original 2200G and 2400G, and the Raven Ridge 2018 be the more energy efficient 2200GE and 2400GE that appeared quietly a month or so later, mainly intended for OEMs / small form factor stuff? That would mean that we have had out lot of Raven Ridge for this year, Would also make sense, as although these were still in silica Ryzen 1 parts, they got the 2 name convention as AMD knew they would be on sale alongside the other Ryzen 2 series.
If we're going on lunch dates and not availability then, no. The 2200G and 2400G launched back in Febuary 2018 and the 2200GE and 2400GE launched in April 2018.

I'm guessing the article means the Raven Ridge from 2017 was the 2500U and 2700U that launch in October of that year.

EDIT: Although i have to admit the article really confused me, maybe I'm having another dummy day though. :D
Note that the final slide with the testing details says that the Raven Ridge 2018 has not been released yet.
Corky34
If we're going on lunch dates and not availability then, no. The 2200G and 2400G launched back in Febuary 2018 and the 2200GE and 2400GE launched in April 2018.

I'm guessing the article means the Raven Ridge from 2017 was the 2500U and 2700U that launch in October of that year.

EDIT: Although i have to admit the article really confused me, maybe I'm having another dummy day though. :D

I think it might be you are a tad peckish.
U based ones are “original” based on Ryzen 1xxx
2200/2400G (technically the only 2 desktop APU from Ryzen thus far)
are the prior to enhanced version which Ryzen 2xxx have available (that is XFR2 and PB2) the “new ones” are the 2600/2800H which likely will have all the things Ryzen 2xxx have but in a lower wattage/TDP format

U are Ultra Portable (specific laptop/mobile design more or less, are directly Ryzen 1xxx based)
released 26 october 2017 for Ryzen 2500U/2700U
Pro model (2500/2700U) launched late 2017 into 2Q 2018 (no official date I can see, though laptop only anyways ^.^)

Ryzen 2200/2300/2300U (and Pro for the 2300U) launched similar time frame though the 2200U was for sure January 2018)
the G ones are graphics enabled Ryzen
GE models are the “same” that I can see as far as amount of cache etc, though they did lower TDP (35w vs 45-65w)
with lower CPU clock rates vs G moniker..GPU portion same clock speed though tighter wattage/TDP range likely means will not run as fast as often)

The desktop ones which currently are really only the 2200/2400G pretty much launched 2018 February/April/May
highest performance of these (currently) are the 2200/2400G (launch February 2018)
slowest of these the GE versions were launched in April and May 2018

So, they are “correct” in one aspect to state Raven Ridge 2018 did NOT launch yet, because all of the Raven Ridge ones released thus far are either 100% Ryzen 1xxx based or have a bit of what would become Ryzen 2xxx “boiled in” but all of them technically are derived from Ryzen 2017 models (14nm not 12nm, some where enhanced a wee bit of course, but not to the same level as Ryzen 2xxx desktop cpu were (slightly enhanced IPC etc)

IMO likely RR 2600/2800H are based 100% on Ryzen 2xxx (far as I know technically ARE 2018 model year on 12nm.
even though some of the U/G/GE were launched late 2017 and 1Q2018, they still are 2017 model year, so is not exactly lying about anything)

(14nm enhanced however they want to describe that…I seriously seriously doubt it, but would it not be neat if they made them 7nm to “test the waters” before imminent launch of fall 2018 and 2019 for the highest performance cpu and gpu..like said I seriously seriously doubt it, but they really did not say if built on 14nm 12nm or whatever at this point either)