AMD Unveils Threadripper 2: 32 Cores of Multitasking Might

Isaac Cain
June 8, 2018

Just hours after Intel pulled the wrappers off the 5GHz 28-core processor, AMD has unveiled the second generation Ryzen Threadripper at the Computex 2018 in Taiwan. 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.

The chipset maker announced that its upcoming processor will include four 8-core Ryzen APUs to handle 64 processing threads at a time which will be double the capabilities of the original Threadripper, The Verge reported.

AMD has unveiled its latest powerhouse Threadripper 2 CPUs, loading the top specced chip with an astounding 32 cores and 64 threads, making it an on paper ideal choice for creative professionals.

On the GPU front, AMD chose to have a try with a successor to the Radeon R9 Fury Nano - the RX Vega Nano.

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The new Threadrippers will be compatible with the socket TR4 X399 motherboards AMD released previous year, so enthusiasts can rip out their old Threadrippers and slot-in a new one, if they wish. The new 32-core processor fits into the current SP3 socket with your existing X399 motherboard, likely accompanied by a firmware update. The company also showed off a 7nm derivative of its Radeon Vega GPU for workstations, advising users to "stay tuned" for 7nm consumer GPUs.

On the other side, AMD rendered an image, Quote: "on an air cooling system" while using their Threadripper 2. AMD didn't show any Cinebench numbers though.

The Threadripper 2 is set to become generally available in the third quarter. That's great for now, but AMD is also looking to the future, and the future is 7nm. And as for the GPU, it's a micro version of the Vega 56 named RX Vega 56 Nano.

AMD claims the new 7nm process is twice as dense as its 14nm process, and the 7nm Vega die appears to be roughly 40% smaller than its predecessor. The new Threadripper series-2000 processors are said to have a peak TDP rating of up to 250W, which is substantially higher than the 180W rating on the 1950X. Equipped with a massive 32GB bank of HBM2 memory and dedicated inference-enhancing operations, the card is created to massively accelerate machine learning inference and work with massive datasets.

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