COMPUTEX 2017 | AMD delivers first public demonstrations of upcoming products

June 1, 2017 - 5:19 PM
Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and chief executive. Handout photo

TAIPEI, TAIWAN | Commemorating 30 years in Taiwan, Commemorating 30 years in Taiwan, AMD showcased the power of its upcoming Ryzen and Radeon products during its press conference at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2017.

The tech company delivered a series of never-before-seen product demonstrations, showing the new Ryzen processor-based high-end gaming systems from top global OEMs, and announced launch timelines for several of its upcoming datacenter, prosumer, and consumer products.

“We celebrate 30 years of AMD in Taiwan at Computex this year with great momentum around our new high-performance computing and graphics products,” said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and chief executive. “At Computex we highlighted the next wave of AMD products that will come to market, including our upcoming EPYC family of processors for datacenters, high-end Radeon ‘Vega’-based graphics cards, and new AMD Ryzen Threadripper and Ryzen mobile processors. We were thrilled to be joined by customers and partners including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo to showcase their latest AMD Ryzen-powered PCs.”

EPYC Launch

AMD also announced at this year’s Computex the worldwide launch date for EPYC, the new AMD family of high-performance processors for cloud-based and traditional on-premise datacenters, previously codenamed Naples, which will deliver the highly-successful “Zen” x86 processing engine scaling up to 32 physical cores.

The first EPYC processor-based servers are scheduled to launch on June 20th 2017, with widespread support expected from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and channel partners, ushering in a new era for high-performance server processors and the datacenter.

With its high core count, superior memory bandwidth, and unparalleled support for high-speed input/output (I/O) channels in a single chip, EPYC aims to revolutionize the dual-socket server market while simultaneously reshaping expectations for single-socket servers.

ADM Ryzen compatible motherboard. Handout photo

Building on the Ryzen channel foundation, AMD announced that all of the top global PC OEMs expect to have Ryzen-based designs in the market by end of Q2 2017, giving consumers a wide range of premium and gaming towers, and all-in-ones, powered by Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 desktop processors.

The Ryzen-powered Windows-based systems from Acer, Asus, Dell and Lenovo on display at Computex 2017 include:
Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop and Dell Inspiron 27 7000 Series AIO – Computex d&i award winner; Lenovo IdeaCentre 720 and Lenovo IdeaCentre 510, Acer Aspire GX-281 Desktop; ASUS G11DF Desktop & ASUS Republic of Gamers Strix GL702ZC desktop replacement – the world’s first 8-core gaming notebook.

Inspiron 7000 Series, 27” AIO, Non-Touch, also shown with the KM636 (codename Persian) or KM717 (codename Terra). This information is available in the filename.

“Dell is excited to implement AMD Ryzen solutions in our new Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop and Computex d&i award winner, the Inspiron 27 7000 AIO,” said Ray Wah, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Consumer and Small Business Product Group. “Dell is committed to providing the best Ready for VR and PC Gaming solutions for all budgets and levels of play; AMD’s Ryzen processor delivers fast responsiveness and performance at a great price for gaming, VR and other computing needs.”

Ryzen Threadripper

AMD’s revitalization of ultra-premium PCs for the high-end desktop (HEDT) market was recently cemented with the announcement of Ryzen Threadripper, targeted at the world’s fastest ultra-premium desktop systems, and scheduled for release in mid 2017.

At Computex 2017, AMD delivered several Ryzen Threadripper and Radeon “Vega” demonstrations, including Ryzen Threadripper and dual Radeon “Vega” based-GPUs seamlessly running Bethesda’s new Prey title at 4K resolution.

In addition, AMD announced cutting-edge high-performance motherboard designs from ASRock, Gigabyte and MSI, built upon the X399 chipset. The X399 chipset motherboards for the new socketTR4 platform are designed for the highest tier of PC enthusiast society, who demand cutting-edge features such as 16 core/32 thread processors, quad channel memory with support up to 2TB of RAM1, superior IO, and who choose the ultimate processor and motherboards as an extension of their personal brand.

“The reception and response from both consumers and enthusiasts for Ryzen has been remarkable, and we’re just getting started as we roll out a full line-up of Ryzen processors that deliver exceptional performance for premium and high-performance desktops and notebooks,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Compute and Graphics business group. “Additionally, the ecosystem enthusiasm is evident as we start to see the first wave of Ryzen-based systems from top OEMs join the hundreds of motherboards and system integrator systems already in-market. It’s clear that the industry and consumers were hungry for the innovation Ryzen has brought back to the PC market.”

Ryzen Mobile

AMD also demonstrated publicly for the first time a Ryzen mobile APU in an ultraportable reference design, bringing 4 cores, 8-threads and “Vega” architecture-based graphics into a sub-15mm thickness notebook design. The demo featured the Ryzen mobile-powered notebook playing HD video content.

AMD VR-ready processors

Virtual reality demands the latest technologies for realistic VR experiences and AMD announced that all Ryzen desktop processors are Oculus approved.

Joining its Radeon VR Ready tiers, AMD is now introducing two tiers to help users choose the right processor for their needs: AMD VR Ready Processor, and AMD Ryzen VR Ready Premium.

Radeon Vega

Following the announcement that the first graphics card based on the “Vega” architecture will be the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, a premier solution for both machine learning and advanced visualization, AMD announced that this powerful new graphics card is expected to arrive on shelf on June 27th, 2017.

In addition, AMD showcased the highly-anticipated Radeon RX Vega graphics card, asserting that the “Vega” architecture based gaming powerhouse is expected to launch at SIGGRAPH 2017, the world’s largest and most influential conference for computer graphics and interactive techniques, hosted in Los Angeles, California.

AMD Radeon graphics cards. InterAksyon