AMD today demonstrated its next generation of CPU and GPU product leadership during a livestreamed press conference at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2018. AMD provided a first look at the performance of upcoming 7nm AMD Radeon™ Vega GPU products slated for launch in 2018, 12nm 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processors with up to 32 cores slated for launch in Q3 2018, and unprecedented customer adoption of Ryzen™ and Radeon™ products in premium OEM devices. AMD also announced four EPYC™ processor milestones: immediate availability of EPYC processors through Tencent Cloud Services, a new HPE single-socket system, details of its first Cisco UCS server platform, and that the next generation 7nm EPYC processor, codenamed “Rome”, will begin sampling in 2H 2018.
“At Computex 2018 we demonstrated how the stronest CPU and GPU product portfolio in the industry gets even stronger in the coming months,” said AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. “Our upcoming 7nm and 12nm products build on the momentum of our Ryzen, Radeon and EPYC processors, positioning AMD to lead the next generation of high-performance computing in markets from premium devices and gaming to machine learning and the datacenter.”
Client Compute Update
- AMD delivered the first public demonstration of 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors—the second AMD 12nm product family—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.
- AMD 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 continued to expand and improve upon the AM4 desktop ecosystem for Ryzen desktop processors with the announcement of AMD B450 chipset-based motherboards. Optimized for 2nd generation Ryzen desktop processors, B450 chipsets, designed to offer a superb balance of features, performance, and value, 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.
- AMD announced that 7nm Radeon “Vega” architecture-based Radeon Instinct has started sampling to initial customers and will launch in both server and workstation form factors for key compute use cases in 2H 2018.
- AMD also revealed:
- Radeon RX Vega 56 “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 for tear free and smooth gameplay directly from a Radeon RX graphics card equipped PC or with an Microsoft Xbox One S or Xbox One X console,
- Freesync support with HDR now available in Ubisoft’s recently launched and popular AAA game Far Cry 5.
AMD announced growth in its EPYC processor engagements including:
- The company’s first ever Cisco UCS server engagement in Cisco’s highest density offering ever with 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 with up to 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 and will begin sampling to customers in the second half of this year, ahead of launch in 2019.