In amongst all the GPU goodness on offer during AMD’s financials briefing yesterday, AMD also blew open its plans for the oft-rumoured Ryzen ThreadRipper, its budget Ryzen 3 line, and its monstrous 32-core server CPUs.
"Our upcoming AMD Ryzen processor lineup builds on the foundation we have set to drive our further expansion into the high-performance desktop, premium consumer notebook, and commercial markets."
Ryzen 9 ThreadRipper is the pick of the bunch for performance diehards. Coming in summer 2017, ThreadRipper CPUs will offer up to an astonishing 16 Cores and 32 Threads. They will be the ultimate desktop performers among AMD’s Ryzen range. They will be designed to slot in above Ryzen 7 and go toe-to-toe with Intel’s upcoming Skylake-X Core i9 chips. The ThreadRippper processors will necessitate a new HEDT platform, one with expanded memory support and improved I/O bandwidth. “Ryzen Threadripper is targeted at the absolute ultra high-end of performance in desktop,” said Jim Anderson, senior VP of computing and graphics at AMD.
For the full details of Ryzen 9 ‘ThreadRippers’ specs, be sure to check out the major leak from a few days ago. The specs are all out there in the wild, although we’re going to have to wait until Computex to get confirmation on this from AMD.
Down at the opposite end of the spectrum, there are AMD Ryzen 3 processors. These are set to be the most affordable Ryzen CPUs yet and will sit in and around the sub-$200 bracket. AMD is planning to launch Ryzen 3 in Q3 2017.
Lastly we’ve the EYPC processors, previously known as Naples. These CPUs are specifically designed data centres so they’re of no user to gamers, however, the EPYC CPU shown was cramming in 32 Cores and 64 Threads. There are eight memory channels and 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes per CPU socket, with multiple CPUs able to be installed. For gamers, it’s nothing more than a taste of what’s to come, but it’s nevertheless some impressive hardware.
That’s AMD’s processor lineup for the rest of 2017, but the fun doesn’t end there. Refinements are on their for AMD Zen CPUs, including improve fabbing processes and architectural improvements. We will see “7nm 'Zen 2' and 'Zen 3' CPU architectures that combine smarter design with process technology advances and are expected to enable significant performance and performance-per-watt gains," AMD said.
AMD's progress in its CPU departments appears to be moving a lot faster than its graphics. After a couple of years of absolute silence, this year is shaping up to be jam-packed with AMD CPUs of all shapes and sizes. Is anyone going to be looking out for a bargain Ryzen 3 pick-up? Or are you going the whole hog and waiting on ThreadRipper? Let us know!