AMD reveals Threadripper 2: up to 32 cores


AMD's Senior Vice President Jim Anderson discusses the new 32-core Threadripper 2 with Gordon Mah Ung. Thankfully AMD delivered on the goods.

Su announced that the goal was to achieve an increase in the Instructions Per Clock (IPC) improvement of 40 percent over their previous chip generation, but revealed that the new "Ryzen" processors achieved a 52 percent gain.

AMD is still keeping mum about it all for the time being, leaving us in the dark as to what the clock speed of either of the two 2nd generation Threadripper processors might be.

Lisa Su however also stated that the same technology gone into the making of the new Radeon Vega chips would be applied to Radeon gaming GPU as well. More importantly, it will drop into the same TR4 socket-and it will be air-cooled, executives said, giving customers an easy way to shift from one Threadripper generation to the next. Coming in at a staggering 32 cores laid out in its patented Infinity Stack, AMD leapfrogged a recent announcement by primary competitor Intel, themselves having just announced the upcoming release of a 28 core, 5ghz processor. The world's first 7 nm GPU though, the Vega-based Radeon Instinct was also shown off to the crowd and it was announced it will be launched to server and workstation form factors 2H 2018.

After the splash that AMD made with Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper in 2017, it should come as no surprise that AMD would follow-up with second generation variants.

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Whether you're an enthusiast or not the fact that we are able to cram up to 32 cores on a piece of silicon is nothing short of impressive. This card has been on show for nearly a year now, at various AMD press events, and has been a long time in the making - still, better late than never.

It goes without saying that the second-generation EPYC will be even more important for AMD than the first-generation.

Unfortunately, most of AMD's graphics presentation was highlighting the past, present and future contributions of partners.

Performance-wise, the PowerColor RX Vega 56 Nano should be on par with the reference edition. 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.