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With new chips, AMD ratchets up competition with Intel and Nvidia

With new chips, AMD ratchets up competition with Intel and Nvidia

Thankfully AMD delivered on the goods.

We expect AMD to refresh the existing Threadripper lineup, offering an 8-core, 12-core and 16-core Threadripper 2000 series CPU as well as introduce the all-new flagship 32-core/64-thread SKU and the 24-core SKU which has been also demoed at the Computex 2018 press conference. The new chip is said to go toe-to-toe with AMD's Threadripper processor. That means that the new High-End Desktop (HEDT) processors offer lower latencies, higher clock speeds, and Precision Boost 2 capabilities for finer-grained clock control. The new CPUs will feature either 24 or 32 cores, with two threads per core, for a total of 48 or 64 threads. AMD confirmed that Threadripper 2 will be able to fit on the same motherboard socket as the first generation of Threadripper so that users don't need to buy a new motherboard if they want to just upgrade to the second generation chip. Coming in at a staggering 32 cores laid out in its patented Infinity Stack, AMD leapfrogged a recent announcement by primary competitor Intel, themselves having just announced the upcoming release of a 28 core, 5ghz processor. 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.

In April, AMD reported first-quarter net income of $81 million on revenue of $1.65 billion, up 40 percent from a year ago. It also announced a next-generation 7-nanometer Epyc chip that will begin sampling in the second half of the year.

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.

AMD also discussed where its graphics line is going in the future.

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Briefly on show was the Vega 56 Nano which will be released soon by Powercolor.

AMD has said that the latest series of Threadripper will be based on 12nm Zen+ architecture.

AMD has gone down in history to be the producer of the world's first 7nm chip even though it isn't ready for mass production for consumer applications. It's based on the 14nm FinFET manufacturing process with 64 ROPs, memory configuration of 8GB HBM2 with 2048-bit bus width and a TDP of 150W, which is considerably less than the power-hungry Vega 56 with 210W TDP.

AMD officially announced its Radeon Instinct Vega 7nm graphics card during its Computex live stream in the early hours of this morning.


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