Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
IT&Software | By Jimmie Castillo

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Officially showcased, Will Utilize new X399 Platform

When AMD first announced the Ryzen brand, it demonstrated an 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 processor rendering an image of the chip in Blender.

'We celebrate 30 years of AMD in Taiwan at Computex this year with great momentum around our new high-performance computing and graphics products, ' enthused AMD president and chief executive Lisa Su following the company's keynote speech at the Computex tradeshow this week. AMD's previously announced many-core CPU for the high-end PC desktop and workstation market was first announced at Financial Analyst Day a few weeks back. This is an exclusive deal between AMD and Asus and there is little that we know about this partnership at the moment. That being said, AMD hasn't forgotten about PC gamers, and is working to bring Vega to consumers in the near future.

For what it's worth, during its Computex event AMD showcased PREY running in 4K on two Radeon RX Vega graphics card on the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU. The new ROG Strix GL702ZC will be available with the octa-core Ryzen 7 1700 processor in the top-end configuration, while more affordable variants will get the hexa-core Ryzen 5 1600 and the unannounced quad-core Ryzen 3 1200 processor. Previous ROG gaming products based on AMD designs included Athlon 64 FX processors and were desktop models, until now.

AMD's revitalization of ultra-premium PCs for the high-end desktop (HEDT) market was recently cemented with the announcement of Ryzen Threadripper, targeted at the world's fastest ultra-premium desktop systems, and scheduled for release this summer.

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AMD officials also showed off the company's upcoming Ryzen-based mobile chip in what looked like a reference convertible laptop.

The launch chipset for ThreadRipper will be the X399 chipset (ed: at this point AMD and Intel are literally trying to one-up each other). The demo featured the Ryzen mobile-powered notebook playing HD video content. The Radeon RX Vega, which is more geared toward gaming workloads, is expected to launch at SIGGRAPH 2017 in Los Angeles later this year. The new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition will be the first graphics card in the family to launch, and will be geared toward supporting machine learning and advanced visualization.

Asus has unveiled its new ROG Strix gaming laptop, which boasts an eight-core AMD Ryzen processor and Radeon RX 580 graphics card.

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