Computex 2018 | AMD shows Gen 2 Threadripper HEDT CPUs with up to 32 cores / 64 threads and first 7 nm EPYC CPU
Intel announced its 28-core HEDT CPU yesterday, and shortly after AMD struck back by showcasing their own HEDT CPUs, a 24-core / 48-thread and a 32-core / 64-thread one, which will be top of the Ryzen Threadripper 2000 line. Back in mid-May AMD was proudly announcing that the Threadripper 2000 series is already sampling and will be launched later this year using the 12 nm manufacturing process. Keep in mind that this is not the Zen 2 7 nm architecture, it is just the interim Zen+ one.
Unfortunately, AMD did not show the new HEDT CPUs in action like Intel. Instead, AMD showed off the CPUs themselves, which feature the same 4-die CCX configuration found on the current Threadrippers. However, two of the dies were disabled on the first gen Threadrippers, and AMD ensured that all four are now working through the Infinity Fabric Interconnect on the top-of-the-line Threadripper 2000 models. Apparently, the second generation will still feature a few models with 16 cores or less that only have two dies working.
AMD mentioned that the new Threadrippers would benefit from improved Precision Boost and XFR technologies, which should translate into faster default and boost clocks, plus extended headroom for overclocking. The Threadripper 2000 lineup will be compatible with current X399 motherboards sporting the TR4 socket, but AMD may also launch improved versions together with the new HEDT chips later this year.
Additionally, AMD informed that the 7 nm EPYC CPUs based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture are currently getting final in-lab revisions, and sampling is planned for the second half of 2018, while the launch is scheduled for early 2019.