We attended AMD’s Press Conference event today in Taipei, Taiwan at Computex, where the company discussed its existing and new products for 2017. For our audience, the main focuses would be on the Threadripper 16C/32T CPU and Radeon RX Vega GPUs, both of which were highlighted at the event. AMD also began to lay-out their plan to enter the mobile market with R7 and R5 CPUs, as well as RX 500 series GPUs. The Ryzen R3 CPU lineup was not discussed in depth, but a Q3 launch date was confirmed during the press conference.
AMD presented their Vega Frontier Edition earlier in the month, with the card aimed towards deep learning, content creation, and enterprise industries alike. Vega: FE’s launch date is set for June 27 . The press event provided very limited information in regards to the Radeon RX Vega gaming GPUs, with the information dispensed primarily pertaining to the release date: RX Vega GPUs are set to launch at Siggraph 2017, which runs from July 30 to August 3, 2017 in Los Angeles.
Members of the media were also shown the upcoming Threadripper line of CPUs. The entire Threadripper line will support up to 64 PCIe 3.0 Lanes and quad-channel DDR4 memory configurations. The X399 chipset, not to be confused with Intel’s recently announced X299 chipset, will post motherboard availability at launch from ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. We have already covered the ASUS X399 board and will post that content posthaste.
Above: AMD mobile CPU with Vega cores.
The Threadripper 16-core and 32-thread CPU was demod briefly, paired with two Radeon RX Vega GPUs running Prey at 4K. No system specs or framerates were given, and 4K isn’t particularly impressive for a CPU -- it’s sort of a GPU test, really. We have been told by AMD that the Threadripper CPUs will have a release date in Summer of this year with a more specific date following Computex.
Last were the announcements of Ryzen CPUs and RX 500 GPUs being integrated into the mobile platform of laptops and notebooks. Acer and ASUS both announced laptops that will come with Ryzen 7 CPUs paired with RX 500 series GPUs. Acer’s small form factor laptop will feature a Ryzen 7 CPU (not specified) and RX 570, while the ASUS laptop will have an Ryzen 7 1700 CPU, RX 580, and built-in FreeSync Panel. ASUS claims a Cinebench score of 1410 and 60% more CPU compute power compared to any other laptop on the market.
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Editorial: Ryan Greenberg