AMD Demos The World's First 7nm GPU, Radeon Instinct Vega

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Thankfully AMD delivered on the goods.

At AMD's Computex 2018 press conference held today at the Nangang Exhibition Center in Taipei, Taiwan, Anandtech reports that the American semiconductor company announced the imminent release of their newest line of CPUs aimed at the high-end gaming market, the Threadripper 2.

AMD emphasized what might be called the mondo version of Threadripper 2: 32 cores, 64 threads. We've already seen the mainstream side of things with the Ryzen 2000 Series processors, and now at an event at Computex 2018, AMD has just announced its second-generation Ryzen Threadripper family.

In addition to Threadripper 2, AMD said a Radeon RX Vega 56 "nano" graphics card designed for Mini-ITX systems is now shipping. The company says second-gen Threadrippers will have up to 32 cores and 64 threads, and they'll drop into the existing TR4 socket on X399 motherboards.

The company also announced EPYC server updates, including their new partnership with Cisco, the leading OEM in the industry, and Tencent Cloud, who announced (in Chinese) that it is now using AMD's EPYC processor moments before the press conference. Currently, in its sampling stage, the 7nm Radeon Instinct is expected to launch anytime during the second half of 2018.

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The 24-core and 32-core sample CPUs are clocked at 3.0GHz (base frequency) and 3.4GHz all-core turbo.

"AMD's Zeppelin silicon has eight cores, and the first generation Threadripper uses two of them to get to the top-SKU of 16-cores".

Unfortunately, most of AMD's graphics presentation was highlighting the past, present and future contributions of partners.

AMD claims the new 7nm process is twice as dense as its 14nm process, and the 7nm Vega die appears to be roughly 40% smaller than its predecessor. However, not all processes are sensitive to these latencies and AMD has improved Infinity Fabric in the Zen+ design, so perhaps the hit will not be as significant as one might think. Interestingly, this Vega 7nm Instinct card was shown with 32GB of HBM2, being used in Cinema 4D for iterative rendering using AMD's ProRender engine, which we explored a few times and found to be quite a powerful rendering engine that works cross-platform.

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