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Computex 2018: AMD reveal 32-core Threadripper 2

07 June, 2018, 09:07 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • AMD Demos Beastly 32-Core 2nd Gen Threadripper, 7nm Vega With 32GB HBM2

Threadripper 2 doubles the original chip's 16 cores and 32 threads and is based on the same 12nm ZEN+ architecture as AMD's latest Ryzen desktop CPUs. While CEO Lisa Su unfortunately only showed off a capped version of the CPU - so we didn't get to see the CPU dies underneath - she did confirm that AMD has silicon back in the labs now and is working on bringing it up for retail.

The beastly 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper has four 8-core Ryzen dies on-package connected with AMD's Infinity Fabric.

However, as the first-generation of AMD Threadripper CPUs put pressure on Intel's top-tier CPUs, Threadripper 2 looks set to do much the same, with AMD debuting a 32-core CPU at this year's Computex show. AMD also notes that Vega 7nm includes new deep learning operations to help accelerate training and inference applications, perhaps similar to the Tensor cores on Nvidia's Volta architecture.

AMD demonstrated a 24-core, 48-thread second-gen Threadripper running a Blender render versus Intel's Core i9-7980XE. It runs in the same TR4 socket as its predecessor, will be air-cooled and have an estimated 250W TDP rating. New motherboard designs are expected to be available due to the higher power requirements, though older X399 boards should work.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Takes Shot at Facebook Again Over Privacy
The prompt also has been created in a way that makes it clear to users that they are being tracked by websites like Facebook. In terms of measuring the success of the iPhone , "We've never been focused on usage as a key parameter", Cook said.

It's only been a few days since Intel announced its own 28-core 5GHz CPU, albeit one that relies on special cooling (more on this shortly). Prices have only just started to return (more or less) to normal after more than doubling between November and April, in line with the spike in the value of Bitcoin, Monero and other crypto-currencies.

AMD's first quarter highlights some major traction in the chipmaker's core markets. These GCN 4 cores were manufactured in 14nm.

Rome is exciting because it will be the first 7nm high-performance processor in the market, and it makes the 10nm production problems that Intel is having all the more troublesome for the blue-chip giant. A launch will follow in 2019.

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