Chip Wars Rage at Computex, as AMD Debuts Threadripper

AMD Radeon RX Vega will be launched during SIGGRAPH 2017, at the end of July

AMD RX Vega GPUs to launch in July

The top end of the Ryzen line, the Ryzen 9 1998X, will carry a total of 16 cores and start shipping this summer.

AMD also hit back at Intel after Tuesday's revelation of the Core i9. AMD stated that its Ryzen desktop processors will outperform similarly-priced Intel chips by 27% to 75%. The company has planned the high-end graphic card AMD Vega frontier in June.

ThreadRipper CPUs will run on motherboards based on the X399 chipset, and will be particularly large in size, as can be seen in the image above. A working sample of a sub-15mm thin 2-in-1 with a Ryzen Mobile processor was shown on stage.

Last were the announcements of Ryzen CPUs and RX 500 GPUs being integrated into the mobile platform of laptops and notebooks. The company also announced the launch date for EPYC, its new family of high-performance processors for cloud-based and traditional on-premises datacenters.

Finally, AMD announced that its Epyc server CPUs will be available in single- and dual-socket configurations beginning from June 20. EPYC is based on the company's existing Zen x86 architecture. A good example is shown below, with a Spider Graph comparing the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X against an Intel Core i5-7600K.

Previously, AMD has gathered much attention to its upcoming server microprocessor and data center plans including AMD Radeon RX Vega and Ryzen series.

She also talked about how the new Vega graphics will be important not only for gaming and professional visualization, but also GPU compute. Su's keynote didn't reveal any new details about the Radeon Vega line of GPUs, but did announce when PC gamers can look forward to AMD's official announcement of consumer-level Vega cards. First off, I exclusively revealed that AMD will have less than 16,000 units of Radeon RX Vega in the months after its launch, and this seems to be something that is forming into a solid fact.

Regarding information on PCIe lanes, AMD said that whether you go for high-end or low-end Threadripper, you will always get 48 PCIe lanes dedicated to multiple graphics cards functionality.

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