Today marks the one-year anniversary of AMD’s launch of Ryzen, which brought excitement and innovation back to the high-performance PC market in 2017 for their partners, customers and end users.
In the past 12 months, AMD has launched 20+ Ryzen processors into nearly all parts of the premium PC market, delivering disruptive performance at every price point. AMD started with the Ryzen CPU line for desktops, followed by the souped-up super Ryzen – Threadripper. Then came Ryzen PRO, Ryzen Mobile, and Ryzen desktop APUs.
All are the fruits of a multi-year strategy to redesign the processor for higher performance computing under CEO Lisa Su, and it’s paying off. Ryzen achieved an unheard of 52% IPC improvement, the most stunning increase in generational performance in the company’s history. Top OEMs took notice, with some very exciting Ryzen-powered systems currently in the market, and more to come. To top it off, AMD’s fourth quarter and full year results for 2017 were the best its posted in years.
Below are just some of last year’s highlights:
- March: Launched Ryzen desktop processors into the market with Ryzen 7, bringing innovation and excitement back to the industry
- April: Launched Ryzen 5 desktop processors, introducing disruptive levels of compute performance at a variety of price points
- June: Announced the Ryzen PRO desktop processors lineup designed to meet the demands of today’s compute-intensive workplaces with commercial grade features
- July: Completed the Ryzen desktop processors lineup with the release of Ryzen 3 targeting the mainstream desktop market
- August: Surprised everyone with the announcement of the highest-performance desktop processor ever, with Ryzen Threadripper
- October: Introduced Ryzen Mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics, featuring the world’s fastest processor for ultrathin notebook, powering Acer Swift 3, HP Envy X360, and Lenovo IdeaPad 720S notebooks
- February: Launched Ryzen Desktop APUs, combining high-performance Radeon Vega Architecture with Zen CPU cores on a single chip for discrete graphics gaming performance in an APU
And AMD is not slowing down. We have a strong long-term Client roadmap that builds on the innovation we’ve delivered with “Zen” for years to come, and will reinforce our position as the driving force of innovation in high performance computing.
As announced at CES, the 2nd generation of Ryzen CPUs, with AMD’s first 12nm processor based on our “Zen+” architecture, is coming in April. Ryzen PRO Mobile, designed for high-performance, premium commercial notebooks, is coming in Q2. And 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper, building on the innovation delivered with the previous generation, is slated for 2H.