AMD 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs With Up To 32 Cores and 64 Threads Confirmed – Built on 12nm Zen+ Process, First Demo Shown, Launch in 2H 2018

Hassan Mujtaba

AMD has just dropped the bomb at Computex 2018, showcasing their very first 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper flagship processor with up to 32 cores and 64 threads, something we knew would happen and reported last year. The announcement comes a day after Intel announced their flagship 28 core, 56 thread Cascade Lake-X CPU for Q4 2018.

AMD Reveals 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper With Up To 32 Core, 64 Thread Configuration - 32 Core and 24 Core Models Demoed

The second generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors were confirmed at CES 2018 and today, we got the chance to see them in action. The latest Threadripper processors are built on the same 12nm FinFET node that is being used on the current Ryzen 2000 series desktop processors.

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AMD delivered the first public demonstration of 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors—the second AMD 12nm product family—featuring up to 32 cores and 64 threads. 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors are scheduled to launch in Q3 2018 with outstanding performance expected in rendering, post-production, and encoding workloads. via AMD

AMD showcased two models of the 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper processors, the flagship model which boasts a monstrous 32 core and 64 thread configuration and another variant with 24 cores and 48 threads. The models AMD showed use the same four die CCX configuration which is being used on the current Ryzen Threadripper processors which are connected via the Infinity Fabric Interconnect. While AMD had two of the dies disabled on the previous processors, the new 2nd generation processors will be using all four dies (enabled).

This means we will be looking at more than two models and AMD did confirm that. We can still see two dies disabled on models under 16 cores while anything beyond that would be using the fully enabled die configuration.

Just like Pinnacle Ridge processors, the new Ryzen Threadripper processors will feature the latest Precision Boost and XFR clocking techniques for more stable and efficient operation over the current Threadripper variants. We can also expect faster clocks out of the box in terms of both base and booth frequencies and a good gain in overclocking improvements. The new processors will run at a TDP of up to 250W which might exceed some entry-level X399 motherboards but that won't be a really big issue as AMD mentioned that you can simply replace your current generation Threadripper CPUs with the newer ones on 1st gen X399 motherboards. They haven't assured the same level of performance, clocks or overclocking benefits as the newer refreshed boards though.

AMD will also keep compatibility retained on current X399 motherboards with the TR4 socket but manufacturers will opt to refresh their products on launch in 2H 2018. No words on the pricing yet.

AMD CPU Roadmap (2017-2022)

ArchitectureZen (4) / Zen (5)Zen (4) / Zen (4C)Zen (4) / Zen 3 (+)Zen (3) / Zen 3 (+)Zen (3) / Zen 2Zen (2) / Zen+Zen (1) / Zen+Zen (1)
Process Node5nm / 3nm?5nm5nm / 6nm7nm7nm7nm14nm / 12nm14nm
ServerEPYC TurinEPYC BergamoEPYC 'Genoa'EPYC 'Milan'EPYC 'Rome'EPYC 'Rome'EPYC 'Naples'EPYC 'Naples'
Max Server Cores / Threads256/512128/25696/19264/12864/12864/12832/6432/64
High End DesktopRyzen Threadripper 8000 SeriesRyzen Threadripper 7000 SeriesRyzen Threadripper 6000 Series (TBD)Ryzen Threadripper 5000 Series (Chagall)Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series (Castle Peak)Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series (Castle Peak)Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series (Coflax)Ryzen Threadripper 1000 Series (White Haven)
Ryzen FamilyRyzen 8000 SeriesRyzen 7000 SeriesRyzen 6000 SeriesRyzen 5000 SeriesRyzen 4000/5000 SeriesRyzen 3000 SeriesRyzen 2000 SeriesRyzen 1000 Series
Max HEDT Cores / ThreadsTBDTBDTBD64/12864/12864/12832/6416/32
Mainstream DesktopRyzen 8000 Series (Granite Ridge)TBDRyzen 7000 Series (Raphael)Ryzen 5000 Series (Vermeer-X)Ryzen 5000 Series (Vermeer)Ryzen 3000 Series (Matisse)Ryzen 2000 Series (Pinnacle Ridge)Ryzen 1000 Series (Summit Ridge)
Max Mainstream Cores / ThreadsTBDTBD16/3216/3216/3216/328/168/16
Budget APURyzen 8000 (Strix Point Zen 5)Ryzen 7000 Series (Phoenix Zen 4)Ryzen 6000 Series (Rembrandt Zen 3+)Ryzen 5000 Series (Cezanne Zen 3)Ryzen 4000 Series (Renoir Zen 2)Ryzen 3000 Series (Picasso Zen+)Ryzen 2000 Series (Raven Ridge)N/A

AMD Also Confirms 7nm Zen 2 "ROME" EPYC CPUs In Labs, Shows First Sample

At the conference, AMD also showcased the first ever 7nm Zen 2 based EPYC processor codenamed ROME. The new processor replaces the 14nm "Naples" EPYC processor that launched last year. According to AMD, they have the silicon in labs right now and plan to begin sampling in 2H 2018 with launching focusing on 2019.

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