AMD Announces 32-core / 64-threads Ryzen Threadripper (12nm Zen+)

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On Monday, Intel, the dominant CPU maker in the worlds of desktop and server systems, touted an upcoming 28-core Core X-series aimed at workstations, gamers, and other high-end desktop gear.

No official release date has been announced for the Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation processor, but AMD has said that it will be available in the market from the third quarter of 2018. The current top-end Threadripper, the 1950X, features 16 cores/32 threads between its two Zeppelin dies, which have 8 cores/16 threads each. AMD will apply the same Zen+ tweaks to the processors; including memory latency optimizations and higher clock speeds. The CPU uses the same 12nm Zen+ architecture as AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 2600 CPUs, which launched earlier this year.

The highlight of the conference itself was the first public demonstration of the company's 2nd generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU, which boasts a fearsome 32-cores (64-threads total).

AMD also teased improvements to its Vega graphics chips. Both the AMD Threadripper 2 and the Radeon Instinct, if true to spec, signal a bedrock shift in computing capability that will also require an upgrade to existing motherboard architecture. AMD also demoed the GPU running Cinema 4D to show that it has working silicon as it preps for launch, which it somewhat vaguely pegged for 2H 2018. And AMD's just turned it up to 32. Due back sometime this month, the firm will begin sampling in the latter half of the year before moving its EPYC line over to the shrunken die and launching the new server-based processors in 2019.

AMD showcased its broadest portfolio of premium notebook and desktop systems from global OEM partners powered by Ryzen APUs, second-generation Ryzen desktop processors, and Radeon graphics.

Even if AMD wins now, everything could change later in the year if the rumours about Intel's "Canon Lake" CPUs turn out to be true.

AMD isn't giving away too many details on the new processors at this moment, but it did reveal this scintillating piece of news. Additionally, Mosesmann draws note to AMD's disclosure along with demo of its 7nm Radeon Instinct GPU in compute-focused workloads.