AMD unveils Threadripper 2: 32 cores, 64 threads, 250W TDP

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While the Radeon Instinct indicates that AMD is making good progress on its shift to 7nm, fanboys and gamers in particular will be disappointed. We should also mention that on a pure core/thread basis, this will also put AMD ahead of Intel's incoming Core-X processor which it demonstrated recently with 28 cores/56 threads and will ship in Q4 2018.

Cisco becomes the latest in a long list of server providers to adopt AMD's EPYC processors. The component is part of AMD's second-generation Ryzen series, which builds on the launch generation with faster clock speeds, reductions in memory latency, and so on.

In addition to Threadripper 2, AMD said a Radeon RX Vega 56 "nano" graphics card designed for Mini-ITX systems is now shipping. In addition, true to the GPUs' stated mission, the card has a number of optimizations specifically for AI workloads. AMD, in the best case, could make a Vega 7nm gaming part ready for 1H 2019.

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AMD is touting the 7nm process as offering double the power efficiency, and more than 35% greater performance from the last 14nm transistor process node - although these are the blanket figures from TSMC and GlobalFoundries regarding the two companies entire 7nm portfolios.

7nm will be the most advanced process node this year. 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.

Sampling of Zen 2-based EPYC processors remains on track for the second half of this year. We've seen several other P2P implementations take root in the broader component landscape, such as P2P fabrics that speed communication between storage devices and GPUs, but it appears the industry is stratifying into proprietary solutions. Bring it on, AMD.

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Plus, AMD announced milestones for its Epyc processors.

AMD also showcased its upcoming Radeon Vega graphics cards, which will be based on a 7nm manufacturing process, which AMD said is optimised for professional applications.

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