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

On the client side of things, AMD is demoing its 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, that feature up to 32 cores and 64 threads.

"Although Computex is not a server show, AMD showed off its 7nm-based server EPYC Zen2 CPU which is at AMD labs now and looking "really" good and will sample soon with production in 2019".

No official release date has been announced for the Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation processor, but AMD has said that it will be available in the market from the third quarter of 2018. That means that the new High-End Desktop (HEDT) processors offer lower latencies, higher clock speeds, and Precision Boost 2 capabilities for finer-grained clock control.

At Computex, AMD unveiled a second generation Threadripper CPU with 32 cores and 64 threads. Surprising the crowd considering its miniature size, PowerColor's RX Vega 56 Nano could still handle titles at 4K resolution using AMD's FreeSync. AMD confirmed that Threadripper 2 will be able to fit on the same motherboard socket as the first generation of Threadripper so that users don't need to buy a new motherboard if they want to just upgrade to the second generation chip.

The new CPU will be compatible with the current X399 motherboards.

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

The new Threadripper CPUs will launch in Q3 this year. A consumer version aimed at video game enthusiasts is set to follow suit sometime next year. That's great for now, but AMD is also looking to the future, and the future is 7nm.

On top of exciting product updates, the company also detailed new partnership with Chinese tech giant Huawei on Ryzen-powered laptop, Matebook, and further collaboration with its OEM partners including Acer, Dell, Asus, and Lenovo. 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.

At the same time, Tencent announced an SA1 cloud service based on Epyc, and HPE released a new single-socket 1U server that will use an Epyc 7000 chip, and can hold 2TB of memory and 40TB of NVMe storage.

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