Wrapping up just a bit ago was AMD’s annual Computex press conference. AMD brings their A-game to Computex, and for a good reason: as a PC focused show, it gives them great exposure, but it also allows them to promote their OEM relationships, the latter of which are crucial to AMD’s survival as the CPU underdog. Computex in turn isn’t a venue for deep technical announcements, but it’s a good place to get clarity on AMD’s CPU roadmap.

Starting things off then, let’s talk about ThreadRipper. AMD’s previously announced many-core CPU for the high-end PC desktop and workstation market was first announced at Financial Analyst Day a few weeks back. AMD is now in the process of slowly releasing information about the chip to build up interest ahead of its launch – which, before you ask, hasn’t been set yet and is still “this summer”.

At today’s press conference, AMD has confirmed that the 16 core processor will for most purposes be half of an Epyc processor. This means that the two die MCM chip will feature 4 DDR4 channels and a whopping 64 lanes of PCIe, with all 64 lanes being enabled for all ThreadRipper SKUs. This will be broken up into 60+4: 60 lanes directly from the CPU for feeding PCIe and M.2 slots, and then another 4 lanes going to the chipset (with an undisclosed number of lanes then coming off of it) to drive basic I/O, USB, and other features. AMD seems to be particularly relishing the point on PCIe lanes in light of the yesterday’s Intel HEDT announcement, which maxes out at 44 lanes and no chip below $1000 actually has all of them enabled.

The launch chipset for ThreadRipper will be the X399 chipset (ed: at this point AMD and Intel are literally trying to one-up each other). No details have been released on it thus far, so we’ll have to see what AMD has up their sleeve. But coming so close to the Ryzen launch, it doesn’t sound like it’ll be radically different. Otherwise we’re hoping to grab some pictures of X399 boards at the show today, as those should be on display. The ThreadRipper/Epyc socket in particular should be interesting; the chip is nothing short of massive, and in the one photo AMD has released so far of an Epyc motherboard, the socket looks equally huge.

Finally, not to be outdone, AMD’s 32 core & 128 PCIe lane Epyc CPU for servers has also received some news of its own. AMD’s first promising product in the server space in nearly half a decade will be launching on June 20th.

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  • pfdman - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    Years ago i used to get wake from sleep issues on an OEM box, found it to be dirty power coming out of the wall. Connected the computer to an APC ups and never had a wake from sleep issue again. So that may not even be tied specifically to the motherboard or the processor, could potentially be the power supply.
  • MagpieSVK - Monday, June 5, 2017 - link

    I have the same issue with haswell based system and win 10.
  • Myrandex - Friday, June 2, 2017 - link

    Ryzen 1700X perfectly stable too :) Minus the one time I tried to overclock the memory a good bit beyond its rating.
  • NEGuy123 - Friday, June 2, 2017 - link

    Hey guy, I have a Ryzen 1800x. with 3200mhz Ram. My Ryzen seems to be very very stable. Just 1 lock up so far during Rise of the Tomb raider. Just once though. Love the Ryzen!
  • Stochastic - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    X399. AMD trolling Intel.
  • versesuvius - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    The 64 bit computing as we know it today, was given to the masses by AMD. AMD took one bit and now it is giving back a hundred. If that is trolling, let it troll. Go AMD, Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • close - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    He means AMD is launching the X399 the same time Intel is launching the X299.
  • fury1184 - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    I saw that. I am wondering if Intel will have a X399 platform in the future. Going off the 990FX it should have been probably called 399X or something. Going to be confusing to the consumer at any rate.
  • Chaitanya - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    64 PCI-E lanes across the range, 16MB of cache and quad channel memory controller. Sure AMD knows how to troll Intel.
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    32 MB of L3$, actually.

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