Page 2 : Key Features, Specifications & Availability
Built-In Security Features
The AMD Ryzen PRO processors come with enterprise-grade security features called AMD Secure Technologies.
They consist of a 128-bit AES encryption engine and support for Windows 10 Enterprise Security, fTPM (firmware Trust Platform Module) and Secure Boot. They also support Transparent Secure Memory Encryption, which allows for independent encryption of memory contents with minimal performance impact.
AMD took care to point out that while similar security features are available with the Intel Core i7 and Core i5 vPro processors, there are no Core i3 vPro processors. This gives the AMD Ryzen 3 PRO processors a distinct advantage over the Core i3.
Greater Reliability & Manageability
Large enterprises are not just interested in performance. Reliability and manageability are arguably of greater concern to them. They also want supply chain certainty, so AMD guarantees the availability of every PRO model for 24 months. AMD will also reserve their highest yield wafers for these enterprise-grade processors, to ensure greater reliability.
Needless to say, these PRO processors have built-in remote management capabilities, similar to the Intel Active Management Technology that is part of Intel vPro. AMD implements the DASH (Desktop and mobile Architecture for System Hardware) open standard, while Intel AMT is proprietary in nature.
Again, AMD pointed out that these management and reliability features are not available for the Intel Core i3 processors, giving their AMD Ryzen 3 PRO processors a leg up in these aspects.
AMD Ryzen PRO Specifications
AMD has announced six PRO processors to start with, with the Ryzen 7 PRO and Ryzen 5 PRO processors mimicking the consumer-grade Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors already launched. Here is a simple table summarising their key specifications :
Desktop + Mobile Availability Updated!
According to AMD, Ryzen PRO-based PCs will start shipping in the second half of 2017., with these desktop PCs shipping shortly :
- Dell Optiplex 5055 – shipping in the coming weeks
- HP EliteDesk 705 – shipping in the coming weeks
- Lenovo ThinkCentre M715 – shipping in the coming weeks
Laptop users are not forgotten though. AMD plans to release the Pro mobile processors in the first half of 2018. That said, they also announced that these laptops will ship by the end of the year :
- Lenovo ThinkPad A475 and A275 laptops – shipping in Q4 2017
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