AMD's incredibly impressive 2017 was so difficult to follow up that often compares the company's performance 2018 to the Age of Ultron in the Grand Scheme of Marvel Cinematic Universe. (This is going to be a long, winding metaphor here, but stick with us here) Last year it was almost AMD's first Avengers movie, drawing off what nothing we had seen with Ryzen who did Intel shaking in the boots, the first 16-core HEDT chips and the first few exciting graphics cards from AMD for a long time.
This year there was a clear improvement with the introduction of Ryzen 2nd Generation and Threadripper 2nd Generation CPUs, but it was also the serious lack of almost any new discrete GPUs whatsoever. More than anything this year felt like a hold-over ̵
Winding up for its biggest pitch
AMD could not have had a stronger start for 2018. The company was well out in the back of its new processor families, while largely dodged Specter and Meltdown vulnerabilities who bothers Intel.
In CES 2018, AMD also made a strong display of the announcement of new entry levels, quad-core mobile processors and powerful Ryzen APUs that would introduce discrete class Vega graphics to desktop processors. The AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and the Ryzen 3 2200G were the highlight of the year in their ability to play modern Full HD games without sweating.
AMD's integrated graphics were so impressive that Intel and AMD came together to make their first mashup chip, Kaby Lake G. This chip found its way into the impressively powerful but small Intel Hades Canyon NUC, as well as some playable 2- i-1 laptops like Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and HP Specter x360 15.
In a true show of force, the AMD announced plans for the rest of the year right up to 2020. In 2018, AMD planned to introduce its 12nm Zen + architecture, lead to Ryzen 2nd Generation and Ryzen Threadripper Other Generation Processors. Beyond that, the company also made plans to introduce 7nm Zen 2 architecture after that, as well as 7nm Vega and Navi architectures on the graphics card side.
Silicone companies usually do not reveal what they have in store for themselves The coming year, so to get detailed, multi-year road maps like this was incredible and unheard of. We had to provide AMD props for this.
Ride on and against Cryptos tide
As Nvidia, AMD was heavily influenced by crypto, that is, the company both benefited from the extreme demand for bitcoin mining GPUs while trying to be true to players first. The company did so well from cryptocurrency that it even managed to exceed Nvidia's popularity for a short while.
Despite that, it did very well thanks to mining, the company promised it was the first priority of the players. Interestingly, to try to limit the lack of graphics cards, AMD suggested mining with Threadripper high-end desktop processors.
Fortunately, we didn't have to wait long into the year for some new Ryzen 2nd Generation processors. The first quartet of AMD 12nm processors would arrive on April 19 with the introduction of Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 5 2600.
All AMD's Ryzen 2nd Generation processors pushed the envelope with their higher clock speeds and Improved overclocking capabilities. In our reviews, we found the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X to completely take over Intel's existing flagship mainstream CPU, the Intel Core i7-8700K, while the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X was easily the best mid-range CPU for power users.
Unfortunately, AMD didn't really produce nearly as many Russian 2nd Generation processors as it did for its former family of chips.
In fact, we had to wait until September for AMD to release its next Ryzen processors, the Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X, but these were chips that average consumers couldn't even buy. Instead, AMD chose to reserve its lower end chips for OEM and system integrators. To this day, you still can't get these CPUs without buying a pre-built PC mounted around them.
Overall, we would say that AMD did a great job of delivering even more impressive CPUs, but they felt much more of a blip than putting the story for the whole of 2018 as the previous generation did last year.
Rip it up
AMD really threw down the rubber chair on Computex 2018. The company saw Intel's 28-core processor and raised it a 32-core CPU mammoth, which we would later learn was AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX.
On the computationally focused show, AMD also unveiled a new nano version of the Radeon RX Vega 56 and details of its next-generation 7nm Radeon Instinct graphics card – unfortunately, this last time AMD would talk about graphics cards until much later into the year.
Not long after Computex, the AMD officer announced four new Ryzen Threadripper generation processors in August. These HEDT processors not only increased core values but also performance while lowering prices.
The Ryzen Threadripper 2950X was the perfect example of our latest points, as it exceeded the outgoing Ryzen Threadripper 1950X while coming to a slightly lower price point. Meanwhile, 32-core and 64-wire Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX delivered the highest multi-core performance we've ever seen from a high-end desktop.
It seemed that AMD was on the right track to completely dominate the high end desktop market, unfortunately the company was expecting until the end of October to release Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and Ryzen Threadripper 2920X. At this time, Intel has announced its Basin Falls Refresh HEDT family and the biggest threat of Intel Core i9-9900K.
Better late than never
If there was one thing that AMD lacked in 2018, there were graphics cards. Aside from the impressive integrated graphics that the company introduced at the beginning of the year, AMD announced only a "new" selection of Radeon RX 500X Polaris GPUs for OEMs (which unfortunately were only new in the name), a nanostortic version of the existing one. Radeon RX Vega 56 and a new Radeon RX 590 for medium-sized market.
Nvidia's new Turing RTX 20 series of graphics cards became almost unknown in 2018, but we have high hopes on the 7nm graphics cards AMD is due to announce in 2019.
Although AMD did not have much new GPU hardware in 2018, There lots of new software. Only in March did the company roll out a Project ReSX (Radeon eSports Experience) update that provided their graphics cards to eSports games.
With its annual software update, the AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition brought plenty of new features, including streaming both traditional PC games and VR games to mobile devices. In addition, it has added the ability to automatically overclock your graphics card and lots of new features aimed at steaming players.
What will 2019 have in stock for AMD
2019, will probably be the biggest year for AMD. The company has already announced that it would talk about its 7nm processors and graphics cards at CES 2019. This would lead AMD to introduce its 7nm Zen 2 architecture that will lead to Ryzen 3rd Generation and Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Generation processors. From what we know so far, AMD's next CPU family will start with quad-core input-level chips and stack up to 16-core mainstream processors. We can even dare to dream of HEDT processors with 48 core or 64-wire on the HEDT front.
However, AMD 7nm GPU architecture could lead to the introduction of both Vega II and Navi graphics cards that we wanted strongly this year. 19659002] If AMD successfully extracts all three products next year, it collects its Infinity Gauntlet of silicon to snatch Nvidia and Intel out of existence (or at least from their comfortable thrones). AMD's biggest threat next year will be Intel, as the company is ready to introduce its 10nm Sunny Cove processors, and we can also see the introduction of Intel Graphics Cards as well.
No matter how you cut it, 2019 will be one of the most exciting years in computing and AMD will undoubtedly play a large part of it.