Leaked slides reveal that AMD Ryzen Threadripper 4000 will greet us in 2020
We reported earlier on AMD's leaked roadmap for 2018-2020 featuring a semi tick-tock inflection-optimization cadence. Each year will also see the launch of a new Threadripper Next-Gen High End Desktop (NG HEDT) family CPU alongside the regular Ryzen and Mobile Ryzen chips.
There are three Ryzen Threadripper CPU families that can be expected to make their mark between 2018 and 2020. We know that 2018 will see Threadripper Gen 2 (Threadripper 2000) chips featuring 12nm Zen+ cores. Similar to the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, the Zen+ Threadrippers will come with increased clocks and support Precision Boost 2.0 and eXtended Frequency Range (XFR) 2.0 technologies.
2019 will see the debut of the 7nm 'Castle Peak' Threadripper Gen 3 or 3000 family. The Threadripper 3000 family will continue support for existing TR4 socket motherboards and also bring support for new boards featuring PCIe Gen 4.0 lanes.
Finally, 2020 will see the arrival of the Threadripper Gen 4 or 4000 series. According to AMD's roadmap leaked earlier, the Threadripper 4000 falls in the Optimization part of the Inflection-Optimization cycle and thus will feature a refined Zen2 (Zen2+) core. Threadripper 4000 is expected to retain support for the TR4 socket but many come with new features that will eventually require upgrading to newer motherboards.
We are not quite sure of what CPU speeds are on the anvil but expect Threadripper to continue to lead the HEDT pack in offering a better value proposition than equivalent Intel offerings.