AMD shows off 32-core Threadripper 2 and new Vega GPUs

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That's more than a full computer or laptop, with a less powerful Intel Core i5 CPU or AMD Ryzen 5 CPU.

Before the Ryzen family of chips hit the market in 2017, Intel was happy shipping processors with six, eight or 10 cores for high-end desktop computers.

AMD for instance unleashed Threadripper Gen2 at 32-cores utilizing 12nm process technology, leveraging a "cost effective multi-die packaging" strategy.

The highlight of the conference itself was the first public demonstration of the company's 2nd generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU, which boasts a fearsome 32-cores (64-threads total).

On the GPU front, AMD chose to have a try with a successor to the Radeon R9 Fury Nano - the RX Vega Nano. It will use the same TR4 socket allowing customers to shift from one Threadripper generation to the next.

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Not only is AMD crushing Intel when it comes to core and thread counts with Threadripper 2, but it's also beating the company to market. However, it turns out that the second-generation Threadripper range runs quite cool.

Even if AMD wins now, everything could change later in the year if the rumours about Intel's "Canon Lake" CPUs turn out to be true. The entry-level model will sport four cores, while the top end version will have 32. That's great for now, but AMD is also looking to the future, and the future is 7nm.

Closing out its presentation, AMD revealed the progress of its new Navi 7nm graphics chip in the form of Radeon Instinct, which is of little interest to gamers. Equipped with a massive 32GB bank of HBM2 memory and dedicated inference-enhancing operations, the card is created to massively accelerate machine learning inference and work with massive datasets.

The second generation of Threadripper CPUs is set to launch in the third quarter of 2018. The latest news straight from AMD confirms that, while multiple 7nm products are in various stages of validation and assembly, only server-side Radeon Instinct and EPYC servers will be getting the 7nm treatment this year. AMD continues to leverage the open source community for its Radeon Open Ecosystem (ROCm) software solutions, which stands in stark contrast to other vendors' proprietary software, like CUDA.

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