Monday, July 31, 2017

The wait is over! AMD Announced Ryzen Threadripper and RX Vega

Yesterday AMD Announced final details & pricing on their new CPU and GPU platforms.
We knew about AMD’s high-end desktop processors named Threadripper for quite some time now. It all started at Computex where we were able to see a few of X399 motherboards that looked stunning to say the least with their large TR4 socket.

The CPU’s that AMD spoke about are named 1950X, 1920X and 1900X and these are their specs:

  1950X 1920X 1900X
Cores: 16 12 8
Threads: 32 24 16
Base Clock: 3.4 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz
Boost Clock: 4.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 4.0 GHz
L2 / L3 Cache: 8MB / 32MB 8MB / 32MB 4 MB / 16 MB
Price: $999 $799 $549

The main thing that these CPU’s have in common their native support for 64 PCIe lanes which was previously unheard of on a desktop platform. Also, they have support for quad-channel DDR4 memory.

Couple days ago we had a chance to see the Threadripper packaging, and many of us were hoping that it will include the rumored liquid cooler, but that’s not the case. On the flip side inside the box, AMD will be including an Asatek bracket that will accommodate most of AIO liquid coolers on the market.

The primary targeted audience for these processors are creative professionals and developers that use heavy multithreaded applications. And one of the main selling points for these CPU’s is their price to performance ratio compared to Intel’s offerings.
One thing is for sure, AMD brought back the much-needed competition to CPU market this year with their Ryzen line of processors. Their future seems bright but let’s not forget that Intel’s response to Ryzen called Coffee Lake is just around the corner.

Finally, more details on Vega 64 and Vega 56

The video card that AMD teased for the better part of the year finally got announced. At last, we have the official specs for both versions of the silicon so what are the differences between these two cards?

  RX Vega 64 RX Vega 56 RX 480 (& 580)
Graphics Engine 1 1 1
CUs 64 56 36
Streaming Processors 4096 3584 2304
TMUs 256 224 144
L2 Cache 4MB 4MB (?) 2MB
ACEs 4 4 4
Pixels/CLK RBE 64 64 32
Geometry Engines 4 4 4
Memory Capacity 8GB 8GB 4GB, 8GB
Memory Interface 2048-bit 2048-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 484GB/s 484GB/s 224GB/s
Base / Boost CLK 1247MHz / 1546MHz 1156MHz / 1471MHz 1120MHz / 1266MHz
TDP 220W
290W + Board
350W Aqua Board
210W + Board
Launch MSRP $500 $400 $200-$240


The table above shows how both of these cards compare to each other as well to AMD’s last generation of video cards.

We can see that the main difference between these two cards are the Compute Units (CUs) by which these cards got their names from (64 & 56). A similarity that’s very welcome is that both of these cards feature 8GB of HBM2 memory.

RX Vega64 will come in three different flavors:

  • The base model will feature a reference design similar to what RX 480 had but with improved cooling solution which features a larger blower style fan and a vapor chamber heatsink.
  • The Limited Edition will come with the same cooling design, but grey brushed aluminum shroud and will cost $550.
  • And finally, the LiquidCooled version of the card will come with 120mm AIO liquid cooler most likely from Cooler Master and will cost $600.

One new thing that AMD added to their Vega Launch are the Radeon Packs.

There are three different packs that you get to choose from based on the flavor of the Vega64 that you chose. Basically, you will need to pay $100 on the top of the card that you wanted to buy, and for that, you will receive two video games for free, $100 off a Ryzen 7 & X370 motherboard combo and $200 off a Samsung 34inch ultra-wide monitor.

By creating these packs, AMD wanted to make sure that gamers bought their cards rather than miners. Although their heart was in the right place, these packs don’t make sense unless you needed to buy those components anyway. RX Vega is expected to hit the retailers shelves on August 14th.

In the end, we still didn’t get a 1080TI killer, but we are sure AMD Vega will give NVidia’s 1080 and 1070 a run for their money.

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