Could AMD Ryzen be getting an impressive upgrade? Ryzen Pinnacle Ridge, AMD’s next CPU lineup is set to release in Q1 of 2018. A “leaked” image has appeared in the Internet showing the Ryzen 2800, if that is indeed what it will be called, with 12 cores and a 5.1GHz clock speed. The 2700 is shown with 10 cores 20 threads and a clock speed up 4.5GHz and the 2700x with 12 cores 24 threads and a boost clock of 4.9GHz.
This image was later revealed to be fake, which, let’s face it, is no surprise whatsoever. Bearing in mind that Pinnacle ridge is just a die shrink from 14 to 12nm rather than a whole new architecture, a core count increase and clock speed increase of 1.1GHz from the 4GHz boost of the current Ryzen 1800X seems improbable if not impossible. Pinnacle ridge is the “tock” in the tick tock pattern that AMD and Intel follow where “tick” represents a new architecture and “tock” represents the refined version of the same architecture.
Pinnacle ridge is not actually Ryzen 2, it is more like Ryzen 1.5. It is an improvement on the current Zen architecture rather than a shift to a whole new architecture. That change is not set to occur until 2019 with Matisse where AMD is due to adopt the 7nm process and even then, large clock speed increases and core count increases are unlikely. An increase in clock speed of 200-400MHz is more likely, perhaps we will see the Ryzen 2800 with a base clock of 4.2GHz which is 300MHz higher than the current 1800X, that should be perfectly achievable.
Looking at the AMD Roadmap, no details are given, under Pinnacle Ridge it just says “performance uplift”. We can assume that this will mean better power efficiency and an increase in clock speeds, possibly better overclocking performance. AMD spokespeople have confirmed that Ryzen Pinnacle Ridge will see higher clock speeds, but we can safely assume that there will be no core increases on the way, the 12 and 16 core playing field is already firmly occupied by Threadripper so a core increase in the Ryzen 7 lineup would make no sense.