Commemorating 30 years in Taiwan, AMD showcased its upcoming Ryzen and Radeon products during its press conference at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2017. The company delivered a series of never-before-seen product demonstrations, showed new Ryzen processor-based high-end gaming systems from top global OEMs, and announced launch timelines for several of its upcoming data center, prosumer, and consumer products.
At Computex 2017, AMD announced the worldwide launch date for EPYC, the new AMD family of high-performance processors for cloud-based and traditional on-premise datacenters, previously codenamed Naples, which will deliver the highly-successful “Zen” x86 processing engine scaling up to 32 physical cores. The first EPYC processor-based servers are scheduled to launch on June 20th 2017, with widespread support expected from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and channel partners, ushering in a new era for high-performance server processors and the datacenter. With its high core count, superior memory bandwidth, and unparalleled support for high-speed input/output (I/O) channels in a single chip, EPYC aims to revolutionize the dual-socket server market while simultaneously reshaping expectations for single-socket servers.
Following the recent launches of seven AMD Ryzen desktop processors, including AMD Ryzen 7 and AMD Ryzen 5, designed to bring innovation and competition back to the full spectrum of premium PC markets, AMD outlined continued momentum for Ryzen. Building on the Ryzen channel foundation, AMD announced that all of the top global PC OEMs expect to have Ryzen-based designs in the market by end of Q2 2017, giving consumers a wide range of premium and gaming towers, and all-in-ones, powered by Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 desktop processors. The Ryzen-powered Windows®-based systems from Acer, Asus, Dell and Lenovo on display at Computex 2017 include:
§ Acer Aspire GX-281 Desktop
§ ASUS G11DF Desktop & ASUS Republic of Gamers Strix GL702ZC desktop replacement – the world’s first 8-core gaming notebook
§ Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop and Dell Inspiron 27 7000 Series AIO – Computex d&i award winner
§ Lenovo IdeaCentre 720 and Lenovo IdeaCentre 510
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 in summer 2017. At Computex 2017, AMD delivered several Ryzen Threadripper and Radeon “Vega” demonstrations, including Ryzen Threadripper and dual Radeon “Vega” based-GPUs seamlessly running Bethesda’s new Prey title at 4K resolution. In addition, AMD announced cutting-edge high-performance motherboard designs from ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte and MSI, built upon the X399 chipset. The X399 chipset motherboards for the new socketTR4 platform are designed for the highest tier of PC enthusiast society, who demand cutting-edge features such as 16 core/32 thread processors, quad channel memory with support up to 2TB of RAM1, superior IO, and who choose the ultimate processor and motherboards as an extension of their personal brand.
AMD also demonstrated publicly for the first time a Ryzen mobile APU in an ultraportable reference design, bringing 4 cores, 8-threads and “Vega” architecture-based graphics into a sub-15mm thickness notebook design. The demo featured the Ryzen mobile-powered notebook playing HD video content.
AMD VR-Ready Processors
Virtual reality demands the latest technologies for realistic VR experiences and AMD announced that all Ryzen™ desktop processors are Oculus approved. Joining its Radeon™ VR Ready tiers, AMD is now introducing two tiers to help users choose the right processor for their needs: AMD VR Ready Processor, and AMD Ryzen™ VR Ready Premium. For more details, go to http://www.amd.com/en/technologies/vr
Radeon “Vega” Updates
Following the announcement that the first graphics card based on the “Vega” architecture will be the Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition, a premier solution for both machine learning and advanced visualization, AMD announced that this powerful new graphics card is expected to arrive on shelf on June 27th, 2017. In addition, AMD showcased the highly-anticipated Radeon™ RX Vega graphics card, asserting that the “Vega” architecture based gaming powerhouse is expected to launch at SIGGRAPH 2017, the world’s largest and most influential conference for computer graphics and interactive techniques, hosted in Los Angeles, California.