AMD’s Zen based server platform, EPYC (codename Naples), has been in the works for quite some time and it finally appears ready for prime time. At AMD’s recent EPYC launch event in Austin, Texas, AMD fully detailed their new server platform designed to challenge Intel’s dominance in the server market.
AMD EPYC 7000 Series Processor
Launching today is no less than twelve CPU SKUs in the AMD EPYC 7000-Series processor lineup. The new CPUs will feature up to 32-cores/64-threads, 8-channel DDR4 memory support (up to 2TB of memory per CPU), 128 PCIe lanes, a dedicated security subsystem, and an integrated chipset.
Canard PC revealed in a tweet that AMD is preparing B2 stepping of its Summit Ridge CPUs.
The revision is expected to improve uncore features such as PCIe and memory controllers. Canard PC hasn’t revealed exactly which areas of the design will be affected, but it did mention that it hasn’t seen any improvement proposals made towards the CPU core design themselves.
A stepping upgrade is significant as stepping refers to when the design of the chip is revised in hardware which extends beyond what microcode adjustments could fix.
Ah tiens : stepping B2 en approche pour Zen. Il fixe de nombreux bugs hardware.
The AMD Vega Frontier Edition is now up for preorder.
Currently, the liquid-cooled Vega Frontier Edition is being listed for $1,799 USD / £1,656 British pounds while the air-cooled version is going for $1,199USD / £1,140.
Just as a reminder: the Vega Frontier Edition are workstation cards. While you can probably game on them, you’ll find much better value in the consumer Vega graphics cards that are soon to follow.
The AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is available at SabrePC (US) and Scan (UK).
As AMD had already made all their big announcements at Computex, their presence at E3 was fairly limited to supporting their OEM partner, Alienware, which had recently announced their Area 51 Gaming PC supporting AMD’s new HEDT Ryzen Threadripper platform.
At the show, AMD brought along some of their new Threadripper CPUs to show off, giving us an opportunity to take a closer look at an early engineering sample of the massive Threadripper chip in all its glory.
Aside from the sheer size, which is due to Threadripper being essentially two Ryzen dies on a single chip, the most interesting aspect of the Threadripper chip is that AMD [...]
As with any new hardware, AMD’s Ryzen platform launched earlier this year with plenty of room for improvement.
The latest update AMD has released is an AGESA (AMD Generic Encapsulated System) update which updates the code to v22.214.171.124. For those unfamiliar, AGESA is the base code from AMD which is what motherboard BIOS makers build their BIOSes off of. The new update largely improves memory support and overclocking, but also adds some new virtualization features as well.
The biggest update with AGESA v126.96.36.199 is improved memory support and overclocking. AMD has added 26 new parameters that can be adjusted in the BIOS for memory that doesn’t adhere [...]
Recently, Fuad Abazovic of online tech publication Fudzilla published an article, “Intel is licensing AMD’s graphics”, which confirmed without providing sources that AMD and Intel had struck a licensing deal for Intel to license AMD’s graphics technology. While the story was plausible given Intel and Nvidia’s history, it turns out that this was nothing more than rumor and speculation.
According to a recent article at Barron’s, Barron’s Tech Trader Daily blog recently received a statement from Intel stating that “The recent rumors that Intel has licensed AMD’s graphics technology are untrue.” Intel provided no [...]
At AMD’s recent Financial Analyst Day 2017, AMD revealed quite a bit of their roadmap for 2017 and beyond.
According to the roadmap, AMD has four new processor lines launching between now and 1H2018. This includes the Ryzen 3 desktop CPU, the Ryzen Mobile CPUs, the Ryzen PRO CPU, and the Mobile Ryzen Pro CPU. While we’re relatively familiar with the upcoming Ryzen 3 lineup, AMD had been fairly quiet about the Ryzen Mobile and the Ryzen Pro/Mobile Pro lineups until now.
The Ryzen Mobile CPUs/APUs are expected to launch in the 2H2017 in various systems including 2-in-1, ultraportable, and gaming systems. According to AMD CTO Mark Papermaster, [...]
Rounding out the Radeon lineup, AMD has launched its budget friendly RX 560 graphics card which will sit between the RX 550 and the RX 570.
The AMD Radeon RX 560 aims to deliver high performance and top notch energy efficiency to gamers on a budget. The new graphics card is powered by AMD’s new Polaris 21 GPU built on Global Foundries 14LPP (Low Power Plus) process. The GPU packs 16 Compute Units for a total of 1,024 Stream Processors. Core clock is set at 1,175 MHz base and 1,275 MHz boost. Memory configuration includes either 2GB or 4GB GDDR5 running on a 128-bit interface.Model AMD RX 560GPU Polaris 21CU / Stream Processors 16 / 1,024Core [...]
Confirming previous rumors, it turns out that the Ryzen 7 1800X is not the top-end chip for AMD. At AMD’s 2017 Financial Analyst Day, AMD officially confirmed a new 16 core and 32 thread Ryzen CPU codenamed Threadripper along with a new HEDT platform.
This powerful chip is likely AMD’s direct answer to Intel’s 12-core Core i9-7920X and the beginning of their assault on Intel’s dominance in the workstation and datacenter. AMD also has a 32-core, 64-thread chip codenamed Naples in the works as well. Details are currently scarce on Threadripper, though the chip is expected to make its appearance at Computex. Recent rumors have also indicated that [...]
AMD unveiled its first purchasable Vega GPU during its Financial Analyst Day meeting. The AMD Vega Frontier Edition is aimed at professionals requiring heavy compute performance: data scientists, engineers, and product designers. This move is undoubtedly to steal some thunder from the newly announced Nvidia Tesla V100 graphics card and to gain market share in the machine learning and data science sector.
The Vega Frontier Edition packs 64 Next-Gen Compute Unit, dubbed nCU. In total, they carry 4,096 SMPs. As promised, the card also comes with 16GB of HBM2 memory, which means that it will have four stacks 4GB memory chips on its interpose. [...]