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AMD Zen 2 Update: 7nm EPYC in Labs Now, Launching in 2019

AMD Demos Beastly 32-Core 2nd Gen Threadripper, 7nm Vega With 32GB HBM2

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.

While the Radeon Instinct indicates that AMD is making good progress on its shift to 7nm, fanboys and gamers in particular will be disappointed.

With further details still needing to be made official, the 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper will be launched as early as Q3 2018, around the same time AMD will be mass producing its newest GPU. The previous highest core count amongst the Threadripper lineup belonged to the 1950X, which shipped with 16 cores and 32 threads.

It will use AMD's 12nm process - so slightly larger than Intel's 10nm process for its latest chips - but will also boast multithreading. The current generation Threadrippers make use of only two dies on the chip, the other two under the IHS are dead chips used for mechanical strain relief.

AMD showcased its broadest portfolio of premium notebook and desktop systems from global OEM partners powered by Ryzen APUs, second-generation Ryzen desktop processors, and Radeon graphics.

However, TDP for Threadripper 2, according to AMD, will be a hefty 250 watts for the new parts, as against 180 watts for the first generation Threadrippers (and 65-95W for Ryzen and Ryzen 2 CPUs).

AMD also discussed where its graphics line is going in the future.

The PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 Nano has been shown off before but now it is officially announced. The company also said that the 7nm based Radeon instinct has been rolling out to initial customers and will launch for server and workstations in the second half of 2018.

AMD has gone down in history to be the producer of the world's first 7nm chip even though it isn't ready for mass production for consumer applications. "Those are tied together with AMD's Infinity fabric that allows those four die to act like one monster processor working altogether", said AMD senior vice president and general manager of computing and graphics, Jim Anderson. Obviously, the GPU is based on the 14 nm process and has 8 GB of HBM2 video memory at its disposal, if the name mentioned above was too cryptic for you.

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