Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Chip Wars Rage at Computex, as AMD Debuts Threadripper

Johanna Francis | 01 June, 2017, 01:22

At Computex apart from a few teasers of the vega graphics card AMD did not give out any new information on the new graphics card either.

Derek Yu, Global Marketing Director of Asus' ROG gaming division introduced the ROG Strix GL702ZC laptop using a Ryzen Mobile processor, described as the world's first 8-core gaming laptop. We were thrilled to be joined by customers and partners including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo to showcase their latest AMD Ryzen-powered PCs.

Although AMD's Epyc CPU is aimed at servers and workstations, there's a good chance Threadripper will resemble Epyc a lot more than previous Ryzen CPUs.

KitGuru Says: Celebrating its 30 anniversary for operations in Taiwan, AMD was keen to highlight the company's focus for high-performance computing in the market segments that include consumer.

AMD officials also showed off the company's upcoming Ryzen-based mobile chip in what looked like a reference convertible laptop.

Processing power comes courtesy of AMD's Ryzen lineup, which offers three chips for the new ROG Strix: a Ryzen 7 1700, a Ryzen 5 1600, or a Ryzen 3 1200. This is AMD's entry into the high-end desktop (HEDT) market with its new Threadripper CPU range. The X399 chipset motherboards for the new socketTR4 platform are designed for the highest tier of PC enthusiast society, who demand cutting-edge features such as 16 core/32 thread processors, quad channel memory with support up to 2TB of RAM, superior IO, and who choose the ultimate processor and motherboards as an extension of their personal brand. However, AMD showed working Vega consumer silicon running Prey and confirmed that the GPU will launch at the end of July 2017 at SIGGRAPH 2017 in Los Angeles.

Finally, AMD announced that its Epyc server CPUs will be available in single- and dual-socket configurations beginning from June 20.

The processor is officially coming this summer, probably along with Radeon RX Vega, till then here are the details we have come to know so far on Ryzen Threadripper.

Last were the announcements of Ryzen CPUs and RX 500 GPUs being integrated into the mobile platform of laptops and notebooks.

AMD got up on stage at Computex just now and went over what is to come in terms of its news EPYC, Threadripper, Radeon Instinct, and Radeon RX Vega GPUs. With a memory bandwidth of around 480 gigabytes per second, there's no question that the Frontier Edition of AMD's Radeon Vega line is insanely fast.

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