Sure you are aware of names like Ryzen and Zen, but as we go deeper into the architectures, code names and serial numbers of AMD products, the thing gets increasingly confusing. For example, while Zen 2 is actually the third generation Zen, there are second and third generation Ryzen 3000 processors. Anyone who just happens to have a look at the storefront, may not know anything. But nothing happens, because here we explain who is who in this AMD Ryzen party.
For starters we have Zen, which is the name of the architecture behind the current AMD processors, and it has been from the first Ryzen generation, like the Ryzen 7 1700. There are currently three Zen generations, each manufactured in an increasingly smaller manufacturing process (something that is accompanied by higher frequencies, energy efficiency and performance):
If things continue at the same pace, next year we will have Zen 3 processors manufactured with a refined version of 7 nm (called 7 nm +). That would be the fourth generation Zen. The point of the Zen generations is easy to process, but where things get complicated is in the numbering of the APU (processors with integrated graphics) and AMD processors. To start we have the desktop processors:
It is easy to understand that a Ryzen 7 1700X is a first generation Ryzen processor manufactured in 14 nm, while a Ryzen 7 2700X belongs to the second generation Ryzen with Zen + 12 nm, etc. The issue is that the APUs …:
… are responsible for the biggest confusion, because their number does not correspond to that of the processors for desktop computers. So we have a Ryzen 5 2600H APU that is manufactured in Zen 14 of first generation nm, while a Ryzen 5 2600 processor would be a Zen + of 12 nm of second generation. By the way, there are no second-generation desktop APUs. Since it is more difficult to follow the logic of AMD products from here, we provide you with a list of all AMD Ryzen products, both CPU and APU. Let’s start with the first Zen generation, the 14th generation:
Now it’s time for the second generation of Ryzen processors, the Zen + 12 nm ones:
And finally, here below You can see the short list of the recently announced third generation of Ryzen Zen 2 processors of 7 nm:
Hopefully despite the barrage of names, these lists will serve as a reference to have more clear which product belongs to which family or architecture and what manufacturing process they have behind.