With all the negative out of the way for now, we can have a fresh outlook for what 2019 might bring to the industry. Let's make a start.
This will perhaps be the first of the big releases this year from AMD, being the first major architectural change since the original incarnation of Zen.
Zen 2 will be making a major die shrink, from the current 12nm lithography implemented by Zen+, going down to 7nm which is a massive 41.6% shrink. This tremendous change in die size will allow the new Zen 2 CPUs to have higher clocks and, if leaks are to be trusted, more cores to claw back the dominance of core-count.
Zen 2 will also feature some new instructions as well as better pre-fetching which will allow the chips to have IPC gains as high as 12%, which will minimalize the advantage that Intel currently has in that department.
TLDR: Zen 2 may feature processors with frequencies of up to 5GHz boost on a single core, as well as up to 16 cores and a 12% IPC gain.
Intel Sunny Cove
This is something that has popped up rather recently, and is to finally feature Intel's shrink to 10nm from their current 14nm process.
It goes without saying, we always tease Intel for being on 14nm+++++++, but we have to admit, if they hadn't continued refining the process then they would be in a much worse position and so we have to be mindful that if their delays to 10nm mean anything, they have been constantly refining the process to get consistently better yields.
Currently, we believe that Sunny Cove will feature up to 10 cores and will feature clock speeds in excess of 5.4 GHz. The core count has near enough been confirmed, however the frequency is simply our own speculation and we are being highly conservative. Sunny Cove will also feature up to 50% more L1 cache.
AMD has constantly been putting out roadmaps as of late, and their Radeon Graphics will be getting a massive uplift in the form of Navi.
Navi was originally going to be Zen-Like in the sense that it was going to be a multiple-chip-module that could easily be expanded, however David Wang confirmed this wouldn't be happening on this iteration.
Navi is confirmed to be for the mainstream and as such will directly replace the spot that Polaris has been desperately clinging to. This means it is very probable that the cards will have an MSRP no higher than £315 ($400).
Unfortunately, there are no leaks we have found to be credible and so we cannot even begin to speculate on the performance, but we expect the card to launch within the first half of 2019.
Thats all for now, we will let you know of any further developments so make sure to subscribe to our email list to keep up to date!