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

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

That's more than a full computer or laptop, with a less powerful Intel Core i5 CPU or AMD Ryzen 5 CPU.

With further details still needing to be made official, the 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper will be launched as early as Q3 2018, around the same time AMD will be mass producing its newest GPU. This new 32-core chip is the second generation on its Threadripper lineup, and can handle 64 threads.

The new processors will feature chips with up to 32 physical cores and 64 threads, and are based on the company's 12nm architecture.

In gaming news, AMD also announced the imminent launch of the new Radeon 56 Vega Nano graphics card. The only thing we know for sure is that, just like the second generation Ryzen parts work in existing AM4 boards and the upcoming 32-core Threadripper will work in TR4 boards, the 7nm Epyc chips will be drop-in upgrades for existing Epyc servers.

The new CPU will be compatible with the current X399 motherboards. The Vega microarchitecture released previous year in the form of the Vega 56 and Vega 64 not only failed to match inflated expectations, but graphics cards based on the GPUs also fell short of matching - let alone beating - Nvidia's top-of-the-range offerings. 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.

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"AMD's Zeppelin silicon has eight cores, and the first generation Threadripper uses two of them to get to the top-SKU of 16-cores".

AMD is having quite a year and it shows.

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. We'd expect to see a 28-core variant in the range too, though AMD has yet to discuss such a chip.

Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) saw its stock advance on Wednesday after the company updated its product road map at the Computex trade show in Taiwan.

AMD has ushered in the era of 7nm chips with its new Radeon Vega chip that the company proudly demoed during the ongoing Computex event. Whilst providing 35 percent more performance on a smaller package, the Radeon Instinct will be able to support up to 32GB of HBM2 video RAM.

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