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Intel pulls a surprise with 28-core CPU at Computex

Not long after Intel unveiled a 5GHz 28 Core special edition processor Computex 2018, AMD is ready to take on the competition with their second generation Threadripper processor having 32 Cores and 64 processing threads. AMD has aimed their pitch at those gamers and artists looking for an all-in-one solution at a much lower cost, a value proposition that delivers equal results in many regards while delivering a price point of half or less of a competing Intel offering. For reference, the last-generation Ryzen Threadripper 1950X featured 16-cores and 32-threads.

Threadripper 2 will be modeled on the second-generation Ryzen processor, based on 12nm, and the Zen+ architecture. The next-generation EPYC will also use the same SP3 socket as the first-generation chips, though AMD did not clarify on what the status of drop-in compatibility will be. Due to this, several motherboard vendors reported that some of the current X399 motherboards on the market might struggle with power delivery to the new parts, and so we are likely to see a motherboard refresh. It will launch in both server and workstation form factors for key compute use cases in 2H 2018.

It'll likely cost more than the AMD's current 16-core Threadripper CPU, which costs nearly $1,000 when they're released later this year.

The 24-core and 32-core sample CPUs are clocked at 3.0GHz (base frequency) and 3.4GHz all-core turbo. AMD is also planning to launch the second-generation EPYC server CPUs in 2019.

In April, AMD reported first-quarter net income of $81 million on revenue of $1.65 billion, up 40 percent from a year ago. That's great for now, but AMD is also looking to the future, and the future is 7nm.

The PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 Nano has been shown off before but now it is officially announced. This new GPU will come with 32GB of memory along with AI-chops.

"We're committed to bringing new products every year, consistently every year", Wang said.

AMD has ushered in the era of 7nm chips with its new Radeon Vega chip that the company proudly demoed during the ongoing Computex event. AMD continues to leverage the open source community for its Radeon Open Ecosystem (ROCm) software solutions, which stands in stark contrast to other vendors' proprietary software, like CUDA.

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