Intel and AMD revive the multi-core wars at Computex 2018

Intel and AMD revive the multi-core wars at Computex 2018

Intel and AMD revive the multi-core wars at Computex 2018

Just hours after Intel pulled the wrappers off the 5GHz 28-core processor, AMD has unveiled the second generation Ryzen Threadripper at the Computex 2018 in Taiwan.

"Although Computex is not a server show, AMD showed off its 7nm-based server EPYC Zen2 CPU which is at AMD labs now and looking "really" good and will sample soon with production in 2019". The same applies to AMD's 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper processors, which could perhaps be the firm's biggest announcement this week.

Unfortunately, AMD didn't disclose any details on clock speeds or even a new model name. The new Threadripper, 2nd GEN RYZEN CPU will have a 12nm architecture, and 32 cores.

In addition to Threadripper 2, AMD said a Radeon RX Vega 56 "nano" graphics card designed for Mini-ITX systems is now shipping. The new 32-core processor fits into the current SP3 socket with your existing X399 motherboard. The company also showed off a 7nm derivative of its Radeon Vega GPU for workstations, advising users to "stay tuned" for 7nm consumer GPUs. However, it turns out that the second-generation Threadripper range runs quite cool.

Sadly, AMD's CEO Lisa Su already crushed any glimmer of hope for a 7nm Vega card intended for gamers this year. The company announced that Threadripper 2 will launch in the third quarter of this year, which is a couple of weeks before Intel's offering.

AMD also discussed where its graphics line is going in the future. However, not all processes are sensitive to these latencies and AMD has improved Infinity Fabric in the Zen+ design, so perhaps the hit will not be as significant as one might think.

Another unique aspect with the chip is that it comes with 32 GB of HBM2 memory, which is another reason the chip is quite expansive in its proportions.

AMD's decision to push harder on Threadripper configurations is a little surprising, given how few workloads scale up this well, but it would imply that Threadripper's overall sales and response have been strong enough to justify bringing out a new version of the product.

AMD says that the Radeon Instinct GPUs will be able to offer twice as much power efficiency as on the GloFo's 14nm process, meaning the 7nm architecture will be able to do the same amount of work with half the wattage consumed.

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