Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Computex 2018: 14-inch Huawei MateBook D Now Comes with AMD Ryzen

Computex 2018: 14-inch Huawei MateBook D Now Comes with AMD Ryzen

That should give the brand an edge over Intel, which is expected to launch its 28-core CPU sometime in Q4.

AMD has revealed its second-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors at Computex 2018 in Taiwan. No details were provided regarding architectural enhancements, core counts, or anything beyond showing a 7nm Epyc chip package (which looks the same as a 14nm Epyc chip thanks to the large heat spreader), but adding even more cores per die seems likely. Turns out, that's exactly what they did.

AMD this week promised to ship 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 2 processors in the third quarter of 2018 - one day after Intel bragged about a forthcoming 28-core part. Launched tomorrow, it will be based on the Core i7-8700K, but with a boost clock speed of 5GHz on a single core, in a nod to the 5MHz clock speed of the original 16-bit 8086 CPU, launched on 7 June 1978. It runs in the same TR4 socket as its predecessor, will be air-cooled and have an estimated 250W TDP rating. You might squeeze out another few hundred MHz, but core-to-core variability and the intrinsic difficulty of tuning an overclock for high frequencies across 24-32 cores will limit maximum frequencies. Prices have only just started to return (more or less) to normal after more than doubling between November and April, in line with the spike in the value of Bitcoin, Monero and other crypto-currencies.

We've said this before in our high-core CPU reviews, but it bears repeating: The higher the core count, the more hard it is to load the full CPU or to find applications that won't struggle to find meaningful differences.

AMD has a new wave of X399 refresh motherboards coming to market now, but the Threadripper 2 processors are also backwards compatible with existing X399 motherboards.

"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".

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