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AMD Announces Threadripper 16 Core/32 Thread HEDT CPUs and More

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: 06:50AM

Yesterday, May 16, AMD held its Financial Analyst Day where the company talked about its long-term strategy for delivering products and technologies to various compute markets. It also announced made some product announcements, such as revealing the Zen-based Naples CPUs for the server market are going to be named EPYC and Radeon Vega Frontier Edition GPU for machine learning and advanced visualization. Little was said about the gaming version of Vega, but consumers were not forgotten as both the high and low-end of the CPU market, and the mobile APU market had announcements.

On the high-end, AMD formally announced its Ryzen Threadripper Zen-based CPU with up to 16 cores and 32 threads targeting the HEDT market. We have been seeing some information on what appears to be these chips leak for a bit now, including some engineering samples last week. The Threadripper CPUs will have expanded memory and I/O bandwidth to satisfy the needs of the HEDT market and will be coming this Summer. There will also be Ryzen PRO desktop CPUs targeting commercial, enterprise, and the public sector launching in H2 2017, with Ryzen PRO mobile CPUs coming H1 2018.

On the lower end, AMD announced the Ryzen 3 desktop CPUs are scheduled for Q3 of this year. For mobile, AMD confirmed its Ryzen Mobile APUs (the Raven Ridge APUs) will combine a 4 core/8 thread Zen CPU with Vega GPU cores to deliver 50% improved CPU performance and 40% improved graphics performance at half the power. These APUs will be launched in the second half of 2017 and should be found in premium 2-in-1s, ultraportables, and gaming form factors.

One last thing probably worth mentioning is that while 14 nm only just seemed to arrive, AMD revealed its intent to go to 7 nm with the Zen 2 CPU architecture and the Navi GPU architecture, which follows Vega.



Source: AMD

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Waco on May 18, 2017 02:40
Wooooooooooooooooo! $5 says Naples chips will work in the HEDT boards. :)
Braegnok on May 18, 2017 11:37

That would allow AMD to roll out a 16 core variant in the commercial space as well, since both utilize the same socket,.. it really shouldn't be an issue at all. In fact yield theory dictates that AMD can roll out any number of cores from harvested dies from failed Naples chips.

Waco on May 18, 2017 16:50
I'm just hoping the full chips are UEFI compatible. It'll be great for NAS builds for transcoding 4K video.
wildman2 on May 18, 2017 18:11

Should be an interesting year for AMD products.The more I read about their 32 core 64 thread processor the more I like it.128 lanes of pcie that's quite abit.Ive got no real need for it but it's interesting none the less.Wonder how it would fold.

Did see a pic of a 2p motherboard it looked very symmetrical.With ram on each side of cpu spread all along the top i think.Looked sweet.

Waco on May 18, 2017 18:50
Yep, Naples scales to 2P designs. Nothing for quad socket announced though.

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