AMD Taking the “Zen” Approach to Radeon with New Graphics Architecture, 2020-2021
Ryzen is one of the biggest, and most exciting releases in a long time. We not only got a huge performance leap from FX, but AMD opened the access to more cores and threads for everyone. This came about by a drastic decision to completely abandon the old and start over from the ground up. The GPU side of AMD has struggled as of late, but it seems like Radeon is about to follow in Zen’s footsteps.
GCN was introduced in 2011. AMD had some strong offerings based on the architecture, but Vega is starting a trend that sees Radeon struggle to keep up with the competition. Unless Navi does a miracle of performance increase, it’s unlikely to close the performance deficits Nvidia keeps creating in gaming. It was sounding like it might be time for a complete rework and rumor has it that Radeon’s new leadership is going to helm the way. There’s no word on what the name will be, but sometime around 2020, a brand new macro architecture is expected to succeed GCN. The performance jump is supposedly going to be reminiscent of the jump from TeraScale to GCN.
While only time will tell how successful this new architecture will be, I’m excited to hear that Radeon is starting from scratch in a similar manner to Zen. It gives me hope that in a couple years, AMD can make up for lost time and bring back the serious competition on all levels. Of course Vega was a similar hope, so take this with a grain of salt as well. Check out the link from WCCF for more info and check back for more news and reviews.