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AMD Threadripper 2 - Everything You Need To Know!

AMD Threadripper 2 – Everything You Need To Know!

One of the key moment of the AMD Computex 2018 press conference was when Jim Anderson revealed that the AMD Threadripper 2 processor will have up to 32 cores and 64 threads, to loud hoots and cheers from the crowd!

In this article, we will share everything we know about the AMD Threadripper 2 processor. Enjoy, and check back for more updates!

 

The AMD Threadripper 2 Presentation + Demo

In this video, you will see Jim Anderson’s big reveal on Threadripper 2, including the lidded and delidded processors. Check out the cheers and hoots!

And then watch James Prior show off the AMD Threadripper 2’s raw computing power. He compared the 24-core Threadripper 2 with 32 GB of DDR4-2667 memory to the 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE with 32 GB of DDR4-3200 memory!

And here is a clearer version of the official AMD Threadripper 2 promo video :

 

The AMD Threadripper 2 Up Close!

At the end of the AMD Computex 2018 press conference, we had the opportunity to get a close-up look at the lidded and delidded AMD Threadripper 2 processors!

 

AMD Threadripper 2 – Everything You Need To Know!

Now that we got the videos out of the way, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty details.

What’s The Official Name?

We all call it Threadripper 2, but the official names are a mouthful :

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  • 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper, or
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper Gen. 2

Fortunately, unlike Ryzen 2, calling it by the shorter, and punchier, name of Threadripper 2 won’t confuse people.

Power + Performance

As Jim pointed out, the Threadripper 2 will have up to 32-cores. When James showcased its performance though, he only used a 24-core Threadripper 2. Imagine how much faster the 32-core version is against the 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE, or the just-announced 28-core Intel CPU.

Neither one of them talked about the power consumption, but we have it on good authority that the 32-core Threadripper 2 will have a 250 W TDP. This is 70 W (39%) higher than the 16-core Threadripper’s 180 W TDP.

Availability

As Jim mentioned at the AMD Computex 2018 press conference, the Threadripper 2 is on track for a Q3 2018 launch.

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AMD Zen+ Microarchitecture

The AMD Threadripper 2 processors are based on the improved AMD Zen+ microarchitecture, which delivers slightly better performance, with lower cache and memory latencies :

  • 3% more 1T IPC (instructions per second)
  • 13% lower L1 cache latency
  • 34% lower L2 cache latency
  • 16% lower L3 cache latency
  • 11% lower memory latency
  • Official support for JEDEC DDR4-2933

12LP Process Technology

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The AMD Threadripper 2 processors will be fabricated using the 12LP (12 nm Leading Performance) process technology from GlobalFoundries. This is the same process technology used in the 2nd Gen Ryzen processor.

12LP is really a 14 nm process, with improvements and a tighter pitch, so the die size and transistor count remain the same. However, the improved process allows for these improvements :

  • top clock speed increased by 250 MHz
  • “all core” now overclock around 4.2 GHz
  • CPU voltage is reduced by about 50 mV at all clock speeds
  • up to 11% lower power consumption, compared to 14 nm
  • up to 16% better performance per watt, compared to 14 nm

Precision Boost 2

Precision Boost 2 is one of the biggest improvements in AMD SenseMI. It replaces the old 2-core boost model, with a linear boost model. This allows for much greater performance for games and applications that use more than 2 cores.

Precision Boost Overdrive

James Prior revealed that AMD will introduce a feature called Precision Boost Overdrive in the future. The motherboard will be able to communicate its actual capabilities to the processor, allowing for better boost profiles and a relaxed vcore limiter with better motherboards.

Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2)

XFR 2 will boosts its performance by 4-7%, depending on the performance of the installed CPU cooler.

AMD X399 Chipset

The AMD Threadripper 2 processors will run on the existing AMD X399 motherboards, with a BIOS update. However, motherboard vendors have new AMD X399 Refresh motherboards that will offer higher overclockability, and possibly the AMD StoreMI Technology as a value-added bonus.

AMD StoreMI is basically an OEM version of the Enmotus FuzeDrive Basic software, which allows you to combine all of your storage drives into a single virtual storage drive. It can even add up to 2 GB of DDR4 memory as a very fast cache to the combined drive.

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AMD Computex 2018 – Threadripper 2, 7nm Vega + More!

If you thought the Intel Computex 2018 press conference was impressive, the AMD Computex 2018 press conference was even more so. One by one, key AMD executives came on stage to announce and show off new AMD products.

Bam! Bam! Bam! They just kept rolling out the announcements – the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper, the 7nm EPYC CPU, the 7nm Vega GPU, and even a Radeon RX Vega nano graphics card! Get the full details below!

 

The AMD Computex 2018 Press Conference

Here is our video of the complete 76+ minute long AMD Computex 2018 press conference, followed by our pictures and comments that were posted live on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter during the event.

Dr. Lisa Su kicks off her keynote speech! @ The Westin Taipei

Cisco just announced that they’re adopting AMD EPYC processors!

HP just announced that they’re going to offer their first 1P AMD EPYC Proliant servers

Tencent CEO just announced that they’re offering AMD EPYC-powered SA1 cloud service!

Scott Herkelman takes over from Dr. Lisa Su to talk about Radeon and gaming.

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Acer’s Jerry Hou shows off the Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop powered by 2nd Gen Ryzen and Radeon RX graphics.

Scott Herkelman reveals the new Radeon RX Vega 56 Nano graphics card

Jim Anderson begins his talk on the Ryzen processor family.

Kevin Lensing starts showing off new Ryzen Mobile laptops.

Ray Wah talks about Dell’s adoption of Ryzen Mobile processors in their Inspiron laptops.

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AMD Computex 2018 Press Conference Part 2

ASUS’ Marcel Campos shows off a Ryzen Mobile laptop with… wait for it… an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU… LOL 

Jerry Hou talks about Lenovo’s Ryzen Mobie laptops

The 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadrilpper will have up to 32-cores and 64-threads. It’ll be available in Q3 2018!

Jim Anderson shows off the new 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processor… with a delidded example.

David Wang talks about the world’s first 7nm GPU.

Introducing the AMD Radeon Instinct Vega 7nm!

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Want to see how fast the 7nm Radeon Instinct is? Wait for our video!

The new 7nm AMD Radeon Instinct is sampling now and will launch in 2H 2018!

Dr. Lisa Su announces that EPYC processor will be shrunk to 7nm.

The AMD EPYC processor Lisa held is an early sample, with sampling in Q2 and a target launch in 2019.

The 7nm EPYC processor with the 7nm Radeon Instinct Vega.

Jim Anderson with the new 2nd Gen Threadrippers!

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The Official AMD Computex 2018 Press Release

TAIPEI, Taiwan — June 6, 2018 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today demonstrated its next generation of CPU and GPU product leadership during a live-streamed press conference at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2018. AMD provided a first look at the performance of upcoming 7nm AMD Radeon Vega GPU products slated for launch in 2018, 12nm 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors with up to 32 cores slated for launch in Q3 2018, and unprecedented customer adoption of Ryzen and Radeon products in premium OEM devices. AMD also announced four EPYC processor milestones: immediate availability of EPYC processors through Tencent Cloud Services, a new HPE single-socket system, details of its first Cisco UCS server platform, and that the next generation 7nm EPYC processor, codenamed “Rome”, will begin sampling in 2H 2018.

“At Computex 2018 we demonstrated how the strongest CPU and GPU product portfolio in the industry gets even stronger in the coming months,” said AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. “Our upcoming 7nm and 12nm products build on the momentum of our Ryzen, Radeon and EPYC processors, positioning AMD to lead the next generation of high-performance computing in markets from premium devices and gaming to machine learning and the datacenter.”

 

AMD Computex 2018 Client Compute Update

  • AMD delivered the first public demonstration of 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors—the second AMD 12nm product family—featuring up to 32 cores and 64 threads. 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors are scheduled to launch in Q3 2018 with outstanding performance expected in rendering, post production, and encoding workloads.
  • AMD showcased its broadest portfolio of premium notebook and desktop systems from global OEM partners powered by Ryzen APUs, 2nd Gen Ryzen desktop processors, and Radeon graphics. Newly introduced systems from partners include:[adrotate group=”2″]
  • Acer Predator Helios 500 notebook, Predator Orion 5000 desktop and Nitro 50 gaming desktop
  • ASUS VivoBook X505ZA and X570ZD notebooks
  • Dell’s latest Inspiron series including Inspiron 13” 7000 2-in-1, Inspiron 15” 5000 notebooks and Inspiron 7000 gaming desktop
  • HP Envy x360 13” and Envy x360 15” notebooks
  • Huawei MateBook D 14” notebook
  • Lenovo Yoga 530, IdeaPad 530S, 330S and 330 notebooks
  • AMD also continued to expand and improve upon the AM4 desktop ecosystem for Ryzen desktop processors with the announcement of AMD B450 chipset-based motherboards. Optimized for 2nd generation Ryzen desktop processors, B450 chipsets, designed to offer a superb balance of features, performance, and value, will be available from partners including ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI.

 

AMD Computex 2018 Graphics and Gaming Update

  • AMD showcased the first public demonstration of its Radeon Vega GPU based on 7nm process technology built specifically for professional/datacenter applications.
  • AMD announced that 7nm Radeon “Vega” architecture-based Radeon Instinct has started sampling to initial customers and will launch in both server and workstation form factors for key compute use cases in 2H 2018.
  • AMD also revealed:
  • Radeon RX Vega56 “nano” graphics card from PowerColor that enables small form factor enthusiast gaming performance,
  • the latest Radeon FreeSync technology adoption with Samsung’s 80” QLED TV for tear free and smooth gameplay directly from a Radeon RX graphics card equipped PC or with an Microsoft Xbox One S or Xbox One X console,
  • Freesync support with HDR now available in Ubisoft’s recently launched and popular AAA game Far Cry 5.

 

AMD Computex 2018 Server Update

AMD announced growth in its EPYC processor engagements including:

  • The company’s first ever Cisco UCS server engagement in Cisco’s highest density offering ever with 128% more cores, 50% more servers, and 20% more storage per rack.
  • The all new HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 one socket server for virtualization and software-defined storage applications with up to 27% lower cost per virtual machine than the leading two-socket competitor.
  • Immediate availability of the EPYC based SA1 Tencent Cloud Service
  • 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.

 

Partner Quotes

“Acer is excited to partner with AMD on the Predator Helios 500 gaming notebook featuring 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 processors, Radeon RX Vega56 graphics, and a built in 17.3-inch display supporting Radeon FreeSync,” said Jerry Hou, General Manager, Consumer Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “It’s a gaming beast that offers superior desktop-class gaming performance in a notebook, built for graphic-intensive AAA titles.”

“ASUS is dedicated to delivering the most innovative hardware for gamers of all levels,” said Marcel Campos, ASUS Global PC & Phone Marketing Senior Director. “We’re excited to announce the new ASUS X570ZD, the first laptop in the world to pair AMD’s Ryzen mobile processors with NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics for gaming on the go. If it’s productivity you’re after, the ASUS X505ZA laptop is powered by a choice of AMD Ryzen mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics to give you the performance you need.”

“Dell is excited to continue implementing AMD’s Ryzen and Radeon solutions across a variety of products, including the latest Inspiron notebooks and Inspiron Gaming Desktops,” said Ray Wah, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Consumer and Small Business Product Group. “AMD’s Ryzen mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics deliver the responsiveness and performance users want and the performance in creative and productivity apps they need.”

“HP’s focus on design and engineering is delivering uncompromised style, performance and versatility to our customers,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, consumer PCs, HP Inc. “And we are delivering unrivaled premium PC experiences on the latest AMD Ryzen mobile processors, including the HP ENVY x360 13 – the first 13-inch convertible with the AMD Ryzen Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics and the HP ENVY x360 15 for incredible multi-tasking performance.”

“AMD EPYC has enabled HPE to pack more performance into an efficient server design, removing the need for a second processor and reducing TCO for our customers. The HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 allows customers to achieve dual-processor performance in a versatile single-socket server,” said Justin Hotard, vice president and general manager, Volume Global Business Unit, HPE. “By providing up to 32 processor cores, 2 terabytes of memory and more fully utilizing 128 PCIe lanes of I/O, we have set the bar for single processor virtualization performance, and with HPE OneView, customers can optimize their applications and dramatically speed deployment of new virtual machines.”

“As a first venture with AMD, Huawei is excited to be working with AMD to integrate the latest Ryzen mobile processors featuring Radeon Vega Graphics into Huawei’s MateBook D.” said Michael Young, General Manager of Xunwei technology. “The Huawei MateBook D is designed to provide superior performance and sleek design for users at work and play.”

“In the past, great computing performance with practical portability wasn’t always accessible,” said Jeff Meredith, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lenovo’s Consumer PCs and Smart Devices. “The Lenovo IdeaPad 530S, 330 and 330S laptops and Yoga 530 convertible 2-in-1 are designed to change that. Built with the latest AMD Ryzen processor with Radeon Vega graphics, these laptops offer consumers more choice – enabling mobile computing to meet nearly any budget.”

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All You Need To Know About AMD Ryzen Threadripper! Rev. 7

AMD has finally announced the specifications, pricing and availability for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor! This follows their AMD Computex 2017 press conference, where they showed off the massive 16-core CPU that is targeted at the ultra-premium desktop market, directly taking on the newly-launched Intel X-Series processor.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors – specifications, performance, and even the special Game Mode feature! Read and SHARE!

Updated @ 2017-09-04 : We updated the availability of the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor, and added many links, including a link to The First AMD X399 Threadripper Motherboards. Also cleaned up many parts of the article.

Updated @ 2017-08-11 : We added the South East Asian prices, and a new page on the Ryzen Threadripper’s multithreaded CPU performance, gaming performance and the special Threadripper Game Mode option!

Updated @ 2017-07-31 : We added details of the newly-announced Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor, and availability of all three models. We also added a new section on the Delidded Threadripper, and the secrets it revealed!

Updated @ 2017-07-26 : We added a picture of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper box!

Updated @ 2017-07-18 : We added the official AMD Ryzen Threadripper specifications and prices, confirming many of the earlier leaked details. Don’t forget to check out the official announcement video below!

Updated @ 2017-06-13 : We added new details that were just leaked about the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor.

Originally posted @ 2017-06-05

 

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processor

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper will have up to 16 cores, processing up to 32 simultaneous threads. It will use the new Socket TR4, have quad-channel DDR4 memory support and feature 64 PCI Express lanes. If you were impressed by the 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 processors (read our AMD Ryzen 7 1800X review), just imagine how powerful the 16-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor will be.

In this video, Jim Anderson, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the AMD Compute and Graphics business group, reveals the key features of the Threadripper CPU  and Socket TR4 platform.

Then, AMD President & CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, showed us a demo of Prey running on 4K (on Ultra High settings) using the AMD Ryzen Threadripper, with dual AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. However, she did not reveal the average frame rate of this setup.

In this new video, Dr. Lisa Su and John Taylor (Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, AMD), reveal the specifications of the two first AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors (as well as the first two Ryzen 3 processors). It also shows both Ryzen Threadripper CPUs delivering higher performance in Cinebench R15 than Intel Core i9-7900X X-Series processor.

Targeted at the high-end desktop (HEDT) market, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper is paired with the X399 chipset and the new Socket TR4, offering quad memory channels and support up to 2TB of DDR4 memory, as well as 64 PCI Express 3.0 lanes!

ASRock, ASUS, GIGABYTE and MSI already have motherboards built around the AMD X399 chipset. Everything is set for the Threadripper’s epic battle against the newly-announced Intel X-Series processors!

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Specifications, Prices & Availability

On 13 July 2017, AMD revealed announced the Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) and 1920X (Lowest Price) models. A week later, they announced the 8-core Threadripper 1900X (Lowest Price) model. Here are their specifications :

Specifications Ryzen Threadripper
1950X
Ryzen Threadripper
1920X
Ryzen Threadripper
1900X
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16
Core Clock Speed 3.4 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz
Boost Clock Speed 4.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 4.0 GHz
XFR Support Yes Yes Yes
L2 Cache Size 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB
L3 Cache Size 32 MB 32 MB 16 MB
Maximum Memory 128 GB 128 GB 128 GB
Max. TDP 180 W 180 W 180 W
Launch Price US$ 999 US$ 799 US$ 549
Availability 10 August 2017 10 August 2017 1 September 2017

Both the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) and 1920X (Lowest Price) processors are available for pre-order starting 30 July 2017, with delivery and general market availability on 10 August 2017.

AMD originally stated that the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X (Lowest Price) would be available on 31 August 2017, but they later shifted it one day later to 1 September 2017.

Here are the prices for South East Asia, with their estimated value in USD.

Countries Tax AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X
United States Not inclusive USD 999 USD 799
Indonesia 10% VAT Rp 14,790,000
~USD 1,111
Rp 11,749,000
~USD 882
Malaysia 6% GST RM 4,799
~USD 1,120
RM 3,899
~USD 938
Philippines 12% VAT PHP 59,700
~USD 1,179
PHP 47,500
~USD 1,179
Singapore 7% GST SGD 1,589
~USD 1,166
SGD 1,279
~USD 938
Thailand 7% VAT ฿ 49,900
~USD 1,216
฿ 33,900
~USD 1,008
Vietnam 10% VAT 29,000,000 ₫
~USD 1,272
23,100,000 ₫
~USD 1,013

For your convenience, here are some Amazon purchase links :

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor only – $999
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X processor only – $799
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor only – $549
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X + GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7$1389
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X + Corsair H115i Liquid Cooler – $1124
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X + GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7$1189
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X + Corsair H115i Liquid Cooler – $924

For the AMD X399 motherboard options, please take a look at Introducing The First AMD X399 Threadripper Motherboards!

 

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Up Close

After the AMD Computex 2017 press conference, we had the opportunity to mingle with both Dr. Lisa Su and Jim Anderson. We also had the opportunity to take our first ever close-up look at the AMD Ryzen Threadripper and Ryzen Mobile CPUs. Check them out!

As you can see, this is a MASSIVE processor, with 4094 pins. It makes the AMD Ryzen Mobile APU look absolutely diminutive!

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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Delidded

German overclocked der8auer delidded a Threadripper processor with AMD’s permission recently, revealing many interesting facts.

  • It has four Zeppelin dies with 32 cores, but only two dies (16 cores) are functional.
  • It is functionally the AMD EPYC server processor with half the dies disabled.
  • The dies are soldered to a gold-plated heat spreader using indium solder.

Get the full nitty-gritty details in The Secrets of the Delidded Threadripper CPU Revealed!

 

Earlier Threadripper Leaks

These were the leaked information we posted earlier :

  • Although rumoured to be branded as the AMD Ryzen 9 processor (to directly compete against the newly-announced Intel Core i9 processors), AMD will be using the Ryzen Threadripper name instead. We can’t blame them – Threadripper is certainly a better and more memorable name than Ryzen 9![adrotate banner=”4″] -> Correct! AMD has announced that it will be called AMD Ryzen Threadripper!
  • AMD will launch two Threadripper processors on 27 July 2017. -> Correct!
  • The top-of-the-line processor will have 16 cores, capable of handling 32 simultaneous threads-> Correct! It is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X!
  • There will also be a 12-core processor, capable of handling 24 simultaneous threads. -> Correct! It is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X!
  • There will eventually be 14-core and 10-core versions as well.
  • All AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors will support quad DDR4 memory channels and 64 PCI Express lanes. -> Correct!
  • They are rumoured to use a solder thermal interface material (TIM), which would make deliding of the processor by enthusiasts difficult, if not impossible.  -> Correct!

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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Box

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper comes in an awesome box. Check it out!

 

Multithreaded CPU Performance

AMD shared these multithreaded performance results for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) and 1920X (Lowest Price) processors, compared to the Intel Core i9-7900X.

Here is a summary of the results, using the Intel Core i9-7900X as the baseline (100%)  :

Benchmark Intel Core i9-7900X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
POV-Ray 3.7 100% + 6.1% + 30.8%
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 100% – 4.9% + 16.7%
HandBrake 1.0.7 100% + 5.1% + 21.0%
7-Zip 16.0.2 100% + 3.5% + 26.9%
VeraCrypt 1.2.1 100% + 18.6% + 55.1%
Corona Photorealism 1.3 100% + 1.1% + 26.8%
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1440p Gaming Performance

And here are 1440p gaming performance results on the two AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, using the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

Here is a quick comparison of the results, using the Threadripper 1920X (Lowest Price) as the baseline (100%)  :

Benchmark AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
Rise of the Tomb Raider 100% + 0.7%
Ashes of the Singularity 100% + 5.3%
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 100% + 2.9%
Battlefield 1 100% + 1.7%
Hitman 100% + 19.2%

 

The Threadripper Game Mode

Games are mostly optimised for quad-core processors… and rarely make use of octa-core processors. In fact, having even more cores can result in poorer performance due to poor thread scheduling. In some cases, the game may not even run at all.

To avoid those problems, AMD developer the Threadripper Game Mode. You can switch from the default “Creator Mode” to the “Game Mode” in the AMD Ryzen Master utility. Switching to Game Mode changes the Threadripper processor in two ways :

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  • It temporarily disables half the CPU cores, turning the Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) into an 8C 16T processor like the AMD Ryzen 1800X, and the Threadripper 1920X (Lowest Price) into an 6C 12T processor like the AMD Ryzen 1600X.
  • It tells the operating system to use a Local Mode (NUMA) memory, which keeps the game and its memory footprint inside one CPU die and the locally-connected DRAM memory. This minimises several key latency points in the system, which will improve gaming performance.

Once you are done playing your game, you can switch back to Creator Mode to make full use of all of the Threadripper’s cores.

Let’s take a look at the performance difference between the Creator Mode and the Game Mode.

As you can see, the Game Mode improves the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X’s gaming performance by 10% to 38%. It’s likely that disabling half the cores also allow the Threadripper to clock them higher, as there is now a much higher thermal headroom.

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The AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference Revealed!

The most important event on Day 2 of Computex Taipei 2017 was the AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference. It was headlined by AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su, and Jim Anderson, SVP and GM of the AMD Computing and Graphics division.

The hour-long press conference was, as usual, packed with information and teasers. Check out what went on during the AMD Computex 2017 press conference!

 

The AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference

The atmosphere in the room was definitely more electric this year. At Computex 2016, AMD Zen (now Ryzen) and Vega may have appeared to be pipe dreams. But at this press conference, no one doubts that AMD will deliver what they promised, and then some. It was now a matter of when, not if.

The upcoming AMD Threadripper with its 16 cores is obviously targeted at the Intel X-Series processors that were just announced yesterday. Even its chipset, the X399, seemed to be intentionally named to “beat” the Intel X299 chipset.

Meanwhile, the announcement of the AMD Ryzen Mobile processors finally injects some excitement into the mobile computing market. Not just because it will offer performance closer to that of the Intel Core processors, but also because it will be the first Ryzen APU that will feature an on-die AMD Vega GPU!

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Our Blow-by-Blow Account Of The AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference

This morning’s major event is the AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference

We Asians are always trying to get the front seats… with everyone else!

The AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference is about to begin!

Spencer Pan, President of AMD Greater China : 2017 is AMD’s 30th year in Taiwan.

AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su kicks off the AMD Computex 2017 press conference.

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On AMD EPYC

AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su introduces AMD.

The AMD EPYC processor will deliver leadership in the 2 socket market with 45% more cores, 122% more memory bandwidth and 60% more I/O.

Here are some benchmarks of the AMD EPYC processor in 1 socket and 2 socket configurations.

AMD will launch the EPYC processor on 20 June 2017.

There you are – the AMD EPYC processor!

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AMD Radeon Instinct vs. NVIDIA Tesla P100

AMD also showed off the performance of the Vega-based Radeon Instinct against the NVIDIA Tesla P100.

 

On AMD Ryzen Mobile

Jim Anderson announces the availability of AMD Ryzen Mobile CPU.

Introducing the AMD Ryzen Mobile processor!

The AMD Ryzen Mobile processor will be the first Ryzen APU with an on-die AMD Vega GPU!

That small chip is the new AMD Ryzen Mobile processor!

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Oculus Approves AMD Ryzen

AMD also announced that all DESKTOP Ryzen CPUs are Oculus-approved.

 

On AMD Ryzen Threadripper

Read more about AMD Ryzen Threadripper here!

Announcing the AMD Ryzen Threadripper. AMD has officially the coolest names for their CPUs in 2017!

AMD Threadripper – 16 cores, 32 threads and 64 PCIe lanes with quad memory channels.

Ain’t she a beauty? The AMD Threadripper.

That’s as close as you’re going to get to a launch date for AMD Threadripper at this point.

Read more about AMD Ryzen Threadripper here!

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On AMD Vega

The AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition will launch on 27 June 2017. That’s as close as you’re going to get to a launch date for AMD Vega at this point.

Gamers will have to wait for SIGGRAPH 2017 in July. That’s when AMD will launch Radeon RX Vega!

 

Post-Event Pictures

With Dr. Lisa Su after the AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference.

With Jim Anderson and the Ryzen Threadripper after the AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference.

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The Complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” Tech Briefing

The AMD Tech Summit held in Sonoma, California from Dec 7-9, 2016 was not only very exclusive, it was highly secretive. The second major announcement we have been allowed to reveal is the new AMD Ryzen desktop CPU, formerly known as Summit Ridge.

Like our Radeon Instinct article, we will not only share what AMD revealed during the AMD Tech Summit at Sonoma, we will bring it to you in our videos. It will be as if you were there with us! Enjoy! 🙂

 

The AMD Ryzen Tech Briefing Summarised

For those who just want the quick low-down on the AMD Ryzen desktop processor, here are the key takeaway points :

  • The AMD Zen “Summit Ridge” processor is officially branded as the AMD Ryzen processor.
  • The first AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will officially launch in Q1, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based server processor, codenamed Naples, will launch in Q2, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based notebook APU, codenamed Raven Ridge, will launch in H2, 2017.
  • The top Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processor SKU will have a 3.4 GHz base clock, or better. Its boost clock was not revealed.
  • The Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will have 8 cores and process 16 threads simultaneously.
  • The Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will have a 4 MB L2 cache and a 16 MB L3 cache.
  • The Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will feature the AMD Infinity Fabric network-centric interconnect technology.
  • The AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will feature the AMD SenseMI sensing and adaptive technologies like :
    • Pure Power, which uses real-time sensors to support a closed-loop control through Infinity Fabric.
    • Precision Boost, which allows for fine-grained frequency control in 25 MHz increments.
    • Extended Frequency Range (XFR), that is fully automated and permits frequencies above the Precision Boost limits.
    • Neural Net Prediction, which anticipates future decisions, preloads instructions and chooses the best processing path.
    • Smart Prefetch algorithms have been greatly improved.
  • Preliminary benchmarks of the AMD Ryzen (3.4 GHz, no boost) showed that it was slightly faster than the Intel Core i7-6900K (3.2 GHz base, 3.7 GHz boost).
  • At idle, the total power consumption of the 3.4 GHz Ryzen system was about 13.5 W (12.67%) less than a Core i7-6900K system.
  • At full load, the total power consumption of the 3.4 GHz Ryzen system was about 3.8 W (1.98%) less than a Core i7-6900K system.

In the subsequent pages, we will give you the full low-down on the AMD Ryzen desktop processor, with the following presentations by AMD :

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We also prepared the complete video and slides of the AMD Ryzen tech briefing for your perusal :

Next Page > AMD Summit Ridge Tech Update, Performance, Infinity Fabric & SenseMI

 

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The AMD Summit Ridge Technology Update

Jim Anderson, SVP and GM of the AMD Computing and Graphics division, kicked off the session with an update on the AMD Summit Ridge desktop processor.

The key takeaway points :
  • The first AMD Summit Ridge processors will officially launch in Q1, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based server processor, codenamed Naples, will launch in Q2, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based notebook APU, codenamed Raven Ridge, will launch in H2, 2017.
  • The top AMD Summit Ridge processor SKU will have a 3.4 GHz base clock, or betterIts boost clock was not revealed.
  • The AMD Summit Ridge processors will have a 4 MB L2 cache and a 16 MB L3 cache.

 

The AMD Summit Ridge CPU’s Performance

The AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processor may not be ready for primetime but how does it currently perform? John Taylor, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Marketing at AMD, compared the performance of an AMD Ryzen processor running at 3.4 GHz (without boost) against the Intel Core i7-6900K running at the stock speed of 3.2 GHz (3.7 GHz boost).

The key takeaway point :
  • The AMD Ryzen running at 3.4 GHz is slightly faster than the Intel Core i7-6900K in this Handbrake benchmark.
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The Infinity Fabric & SenseMI Technologies

These technologies built into the AMD Ryzen processors are new revelations by AMD. Mark Papermaster, Senior Vice President & CTO of AMD explains what they are.

The key takeaway points about the AMD SenseMI sensing and adaptive technologies :
  • Pure Power uses real-time sensors to support a closed-loop control through Infinity Fabric.
  • Precision Boost allows for fine-grained frequency control in 25 MHz increments.
  • Extended Frequency Range (XFR) is fully automated and permits frequencies above the Precision Boost limits.
  • Neural Net Prediction anticipates future decisions, preloads instructions and chooses the best processing path.
  • Smart Prefetch algorithms have been greatly improved.

Next Page > Introducing AMD Ryzen, Performance & Power Efficiency, Closing Remarks

 

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Introducing AMD Ryzen

AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su finally revealed that the AMD Zen processor will henceforth be known as the AMD Ryzen processor.

The key takeaway point :
  • The AMD Zen “Summit Ridge” processor is officially branded as the AMD Ryzen processor.

 

AMD Ryzen Performance & Power Efficiency Demo

Dr. Lisa Su then showed off a Blender 3D demonstration of the 3.4 GHz AMD Ryzen’s performance and power efficiency, compared to the Intel Core i7-6900K running at the stock speed of 3.2 GHz (3.7 GHz boost).

The key takeaway points :
  • The AMD Ryzen (3.4 GHz, no boost) was a fraction faster than the Intel Core i7-6900K (3.2 GHz base, 3.7 GHz boost).
  • At idle, the total power consumption of the 3.4 GHz Ryzen system was about 13.5 W (12.67%) less than a Core i7-6900K system.
  • At full load, the total power consumption of the 3.4 GHz Ryzen system was about 3.8 W (1.98%) less than a Core i7-6900K system.
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Closing Remarks On The AMD Ryzen Desktop CPU

In her closing remarks on the AMD Ryzen processor, Dr. Lisa Su also touched on the newly-launched Radeon Instinct, the upcoming AMD Vega GPU and Naples server processor.

The key takeaway points :
  • The AMD Vega GPU will launch in H1 2016 in both Gaming and Compute applications.
  • The first AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will officially launch in Q1, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based server processor, codenamed Naples, will launch in Q2, 2017.
  • The AMD Zen-based notebook APU, codenamed Raven Ridge, will launch in H2, 2017.

Next Page > The Complete AMD Ryzen Tech Briefing Video & Slides

 

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The Complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” Tech Briefing

This is the complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” tech briefing.

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The Complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” Tech Briefing Slides

Here are the presentation slides from the AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” tech briefing for your perusal.

 

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7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs Revealed

On the second day of Computex 2016, AMD unveiled the 7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs at the Westin Taipei. Shipping in volume to OEM customers, the new 7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs feature up to 4 mobile-optimised “Excavator” x86 CPU cores, with built-in Radeon graphics cores.

The 7th Generation AMD A-Series is divided into two families, codenamed “Bristol Ridge” and “Stoney Ridge“. The “Bristol Ridge” family consists of 35- and 15-watt versions of AMD FX, A12, and A10 processors, while “Stoney Ridge” family will power the 15-watt A9, A6 and E2 processors.

 

7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs Revealed

We were present at the Westin Taipei, when Jim Anderson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD unveiled the 7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs. Check it out!

Here is a summary of the key points from the presentation :
  • The 7th Generation AMD FX processor will deliver up to 53% better graphics performance, and up to 51% better compute performance, than the Intel Core i7 processor.
  • “Stoney Ridge” APUs will deliver up to 50% better CPU core performance over the previous-generation “Carrizo” APUs.
  • The new AMD A9-9410 APU will deliver up to 27% better graphics performance than the Intel Pentium 4405U, and rival the Intel Core i3-6100U in both graphics and compute performance.
  • DDR4 memory support and Adaptive Voltage and Frequency Scaling (AVFS) technology in the new APUs give them 25% better performance per watt.

These new APUs will use the new AMD AM4 socket that is also used by the upcoming AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor based on their new “Zen” microarchitecture.

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AMD Technologies Revealed at Computex 2016

On the second day of Computex 2016, AMD held a press conference at the Westin Taipei. In that hour-long press conference, they announced multiple updates on their latest and upcoming processor and graphics technologies. The key AMD technologies revealed at the press conference include :

 

AMD Polaris Architecture

The unveiling of the upcoming AMD Polaris architecture-based Radeon RX series of graphics cards. The AMD Radeon RX Series will be headlined by the AMD Radeon RX 480, providing great 3D and VR performance at just US$199. The AMD Radeon RX 480 will be formally launched on June 29, 2016

 

7th Generation AMD A-Series Mobile APUs

The launch of the new 7th Generation AMD A-Series mobile APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). They will deliver significant double-digit improvements in gaming, video rendering and file compression performance, over the previous 6th Generation AMD A-Series mobile APUs.

 

Future AMD “Summit Ridge” Desktop Processor

The first public revelation of the upcoming AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor. Based on AMD’s next-generation x86 “Zen” processor core, the AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor will have eight cores that are capable of simultaneously handling sixteen threads.

 

The AMD Technologies Update Press Conference

Here is the full hour-long AMD press conference at the Westin Taipei during Computex 2016. The speakers include :

  • Dr. Lisa Su, President and Chief Executive Officer, AMD
  • Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Radeon Technologies Group
  • Jim Anderson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD
  • Matt Perry, Partner Group Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Josephine Tan, Vice President, Consumer Product Management (Notebook and Premium), HP
  • Ray Wah, Vice President, Consumer Product Group, Dell

“We entered 2016 with a great product lineup and growing momentum for AMD’s technologies,” said AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. “Today’s launch of our 7th Generation A-Series mobile APUs, to be followed closely by new Radeon RX Series GPUs and then our next-generation ‘Summit Ridge’ desktop processor powered by our ‘Zen’ core represent key proof points of our strategy to firmly re-establish AMD as a high-performance design leader.” [adrotate banner=”5″]

 

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