At Computex 2018 in Taipei, AMD demonstrated its next generation of CPU and GPU product leadership during a livestreamed press conference. AMD provided a first look at the performance of upcoming GPU products, processors, and unprecedented customer adoption of Ryzen and Radeon products in premium OEM devices.
In addition to that, AMD also announced four EPYC processor milestones to look forward to.
Client Compute Update
AMD delivered the first public demonstration of 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors featuring up to 32 cores and 64 threads. 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors are scheduled to launch in Q3 2018 with outstanding performance expected in rendering, post production, and encoding workloads.
The brand also showcased its broadest portfolio of premium notebook and desktop systems from global OEM partners powered by Ryzen APUs, 2nd Gen Ryzen desktop processors, and Radeon graphics. Newly introduced systems from partners include:
- Acer Predator Helios 500 notebook, Predator Orion 5000 desktop and Nitro 50 gaming desktop
- ASUS VivoBook X505ZA and X570ZD notebooks
- Dell’s latest Inspiron series including Inspiron 13” 7000 2-in-1, Inspiron 15” 5000 notebooks and Inspiron 7000 gaming desktop
- HP Envy x360 13” and Envy x360 15” notebooks
- Huawei MateBook D 14” notebook
- Lenovo Yoga 530, IdeaPad 530S, 330S and 330 notebooks
AMD also announced the arrival of AMD B450 chipset-based motherboards. This continues the brand’s efforts to expand and improve upon the AM4 desktop ecosystem for Ryzen desktop processors. These B450 chipsets are optimized for 2nd generation Ryzen desktop processors, and designed to offer a superb balance of features, performance, and value. They will be available from partners including ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI.
Graphics And Gaming Update
AMD showcased the first public demonstration of its Radeon Vega GPU. Based on 7nm process technology built specifically for professional/datacenter applications, the 7nm Radeon “Vega” architecture-based Radeon Instinct has already started sampling to initial customers. It will launch in both server and workstation form factors for key compute use cases in 2H 2018.
In addition to that, AMD also revealed the Radeon RX Vega56 “nano” graphics card from PowerColor that enables small form factor enthusiast gaming performance. The latest Radeon FreeSync technology adoption with Samsung’s 80” QLED TV ensures tear free and smooth gameplay. This is a guarantee, whether you’re playing on a PC with a Radeon RX graphics card, or with an Microsoft Xbox One S or Xbox One X console.
Freesync support with HDR is also now available in Ubisoft’s recently launched and popular AAA game Far Cry 5.
Regarding AMD’s EPYC processor engagements, the brand announced the following milestones:
- The company’s first ever Cisco UCS server engagement in Cisco’s highest density offering ever. It features 128% more cores, 50% more servers, and 20% more storage per rack.
- The all new HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 one socket server for virtualization and software-defined storage applications. Now with 27% lower cost per virtual machine than the leading two-socket competitor.
- Immediate availability of the EPYC based SA1 Tencent Cloud Service
- The next generation 7nm EPYC processor, codenamed “Rome” and featuring Zen2 architecture, is now running in AMD labs. It will begin sampling to customers in the second half of this year, ahead of launch in 2019.