AMD is seriously looking to have a much brighter future soon. With AMD’s Financial Analyst Day that happened earlier, they’re looking to regain the market’s confidence in their upcoming products, particularly Threadripper, Vega, and even Naples.
You can even check out most of the announcements made today during the Financial Analyst Day 2017 on AMD’s YouTube channel. For the full Financial Analyst Day recording, it should be up on AMD’s Investor Relations website pretty soon.
Here’s the full list of disclosed information by AMD during the Financial Analyst Day 2017.
- Outline AMD’s long-term CPU and GPU core roadmaps through 2020, with an emphasis on performance and performance-per-watt leadership.
- For the data center, AMD showcased how AMD will disrupt the $16B server CPU market:
- Unveiled EPYC: The brand for AMD’s new server CPU previously codenamed “Naples”. It is confirmed that EPYC is on track for a June launch.
- Demoed and discussed our single socket and dual socket server leadership compared to the competition on key workloads.
- For Client Compute, AMD detailed how they will attack the $19B premium PC market with the roll-out of our Ryzen CPUs and APUs for the consumer and commercial desktop and notebook markets, including:
- The expected launches of high-end Ryzen desktops from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo this quarter.
- Ryzen Mobile APUs featuring the Zen CPU core and Vega graphics launching 2H 2017. With Ryzen Mobile, AMD is targeting an over 50% CPU performance increase and over 40% more graphics performance at roughly half the power, compared to our current generation.
- Ryzen Pro commercial client solutions, timed for desktop in 2H 2017 and mobile in 1H 2018. We also showed several desktop-based competitive performance benchmark results.
- Ryzen ThreadRipper (potentially the Ryzen 9): our up to 16-core, 32-thread CPU designed for the HEDT platform market that will compete with Intel’s Basin Falls platform. ThreadRipper is scheduled for summer 2017.
- For graphics, AMD showcased how they will unleash the power of the Vega architecture on the high-margin premium portion of the market:
- Showed “Vega” in several use cases, including the first-ever machine learning benchmark from AMD that showed leadership over Nvidia’s current P100 GPU compute offering.
- Announced Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, our first Vega architecture-based graphics card and the world’s best solution for both machine learning and advanced visualization. It will be available for purchase in Q2 2017.
Let’s talk a little about Threadripper. It’s quite obvious that AMD is going bananas over core and thread counts. They’re so obsessed with bringing more cores and threads to the market at lower prices than their Blue competitors, that they’ve now brought in the Ryzen series of processors. We all thought there will only be Ryzen 7, 5, and 3. However, we’re proven wrong with the recent leaks and eventually the official announcement this morning – Threadripper.
The name itself is pretty edgy, actually. Sounds a lot like a death metal band name instead of a codename for processors.
Threadripper is supposedly the codename for the new Ryzen 9 series of chips. We don’t really have more information about it as of now, but it’s coming soon. Real soon – like within 2 weeks, since AMD also confirmed that they will be presenting on the 31st of May 2017 at Computex, Taipei.
Then there’s Vega. It’s a rather interesting one, actually. AMD will release the Vega Frontier Edition (which conveniently abbreviates to FE, too) and it is claimed to be aimed towards data scientists, engineers, and product designers. As of now, it seems like the Vega Frontier Edition is not meant for gaming. The gaming-centric Vega card will come soon.
Its aesthetics, however, is a little off. Not that I care about its aesthetics though – just pointing it out.
Again, not many details are shown here – we’ll have to wait for Computex for its official complete unveiling – I hope. And again, there’s already a microsite for the Radeon Frontier Edition right here.
Then there’s Naples server processor. It now sports a funky name that goes by “EPYC”, and it will have a total of 32 cores and 64 threads. That’s double of what Threadripper has!
Take a step back, take a deep breath, and finally, I can think again after reading through this information. AMD is on to something big. Some people were afraid, and thus a large chunk of their share market price was lost early this month – but within this month alone, they recovered a large chunk of it back.
That’s because Intel has agreed to license AMD’s graphics chip technology since the Intel-Nvidia deal has expired, as reported by FudZilla.
Honestly speaking, I’m already looking forward to getting one of their Ryzen CPU soon. Seriously, I need those cores and threads, and AMD is robbing me under daylight for that. Also, overclocking with a B350 chipset intead of having to fork out extra for a X370 motherboard is a HUGE plus for consumers!