AMD demonstrated its next-generation CPU and GPU products at the COMPUTEX 2018 highlighting the upcoming 7nm AMD Radeon Vega graphics which is scheduled to launch this year along with the second-generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors with up to a monstrous 32 cores, also scheduled for launch in Q3 2018. AMD also announced four new EPYC processor features.
“At Computex 2018 we demonstrated how the strongest 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 datacentre.”
Second-Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU
AMD presented the 2nd generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, the second AMD 12nm product family, featuring up to 32 cores and 64 threads. AMD claims the top-end 2nd-gen Ryzen Threadripper processor outperforms the Intel i9-7980XE processor. The second-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors are scheduled to launch in Q3 2018 with outstanding performance expected in rendering, post-production, and encoding workloads.
Notebook and Desktops
AMD also presented its broadest portfolio of AMD Ryzen APU and Radeon-powered desktops and notebooks from global OEM partners. The newly introduced systems include the following:
- Acer Predator Helios 500 notebook, Predator Orion 5000 desktop and Nitro 50 gaming desktop
- ASUS VivoBook X505ZA and X570ZD notebooks
- Dell 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 introduced the new AMD B450 chipset-based motherboards as an expansion to the current AM4 desktop offerings. The B450 chipset is optimized for the second-generation Ryzen desktop processors, offering a great balance of performance, features, and value from partners including ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI.
Graphics and Gaming Update
AMD made its first public demonstration of the next-generation Radeon Vega GPU based on 7nm process technology built specifically for professional/datacentre applications. AMD also featured the Radeon RX Vega56 Nano graphics card from partner PowerColor, a small-form-factor enthusiast-grade graphics card.
Samsung also announced support for AMD’s Radeon FreeSync technology in the new Samsung QLED 55-inch to 82-inch TV range, bringing the ultrawide 4K gaming into big screen TVs. Samsung is the first company to adapt the Radeon FreeSync adaptive refresh technology to deliver stutter-free gaming on a TV screen. Earlier this year, AMD also announced FreeSync technology in Microsoft’s Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles in early March. With this, console gamers can enjoy smoother gaming experience with a FreeSync enabled Samsung QLED TV.
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.