AMD and Intel bringing 20+ cores to workstation CPUs

AMD and Intel bringing 20+ cores to workstation CPUs

Something to look forward to: Intel wowed crowds at Computex yesterday with the announcement of a 28-core single-socket processor, but AMD has just topped that by revealing a chip with 32 cores and 64 threads: Threadripper 2.

Rome is exciting because it will be the first 7nm high-performance processor in the market, and it makes the 10nm production problems that Intel is having all the more troublesome for the blue-chip giant.

AMD's Threadripper series with 12 cores starts at around $760, and goes up to nearly $1,000 for a 16-core model. AMD will apply the same Zen+ tweaks to the processors; including memory latency optimizations and higher clock speeds.

AMD's Threadripper line-up, therefore, will now feature four parts - the existing Threadripper 1920X and Threadripper 1950X, and two new Zen+ Threadripper 2 parts: one featuring 24 cores and the other, the 32-core monster. The new Threadripper, 2nd GEN RYZEN CPU will have a 12nm architecture, and 32 cores.

On the GPU front, AMD chose to have a try with a successor to the Radeon R9 Fury Nano - the RX Vega Nano.

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Not only is AMD crushing Intel when it comes to core and thread counts with Threadripper 2, but it's also beating the company to market. The world's first 7 nm GPU though, the Vega-based Radeon Instinct was also shown off to the crowd and it was announced it will be launched to server and workstation form factors 2H 2018.

Over 400 million PC and console players use AMD's Radeon technology; over ten times as many use Vega GPUs, said Lisa Su, the president and chief executive of AMD, comparing to the company's previous-generation GPUs.

AMD also discussed where its graphics line is going in the future. But there was a significant disclosure: The Radeon Vega 56 Nano is available now, and the company announced a FreeSync partnership with Samsung TVs.

AMD originally planned to release 12nm GPUs, which it announced past year, but made the strategic decision to remove those products from the roadmap and skip to the 7nm process instead. The CPUs are built on a 12nm process, and have a base frequency of 3.0 GHz, with working turbo frequencies tested at 3.4 GHz, though this may change upon general release.

On top of exciting product updates, the company also detailed new partnership with Chinese tech giant Huawei on Ryzen-powered laptop, Matebook, and further collaboration with its OEM partners including Acer, Dell, Asus, and Lenovo. AMD releases a slew of new CPU and GPU options for client compute uses and gaming.

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