AMD's 'TR4' Threadripper CPU socket is enormous

The Radeon RX Vega will be AMD's first high-end graphics card offering in more than two years after the Fiji based Radeon R9 Fury X.

During its Computex livestream, AMD's CEO, Lisa Su, revealed that the gaming/consumer version of the VEGA graphics card, the AMD Radeon RX Vega, will be launched during this year's SIGGRAPH event. As we learned at the company's Financial Analyst Day recently, the Radeon RX Vega won't be the first Vega card to launch.

However, this is an expensive GPU targeted at professional users, not consumers, and meant to be used for the likes of machine learning, AI applications, heavyweight video editing or rendering and so forth. Siggraph runs through August 3rd, so I am not sure we are going to see that as a hard launch, but we can be hopeful. 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. Most consumers won't need that kind of speed, but anyone who piles on the storage options and multiple GPUs will welcome AMD's 64 PCIe lanes. The Ryzen mobile processor is a step ahead in terms of CPU performance and is 40% better on graphics than AMD's current products. At Computex apart from a few teasers of the vega graphics card AMD did not give out any new information on the new graphics card either.

AMD Threadripper was given a bit more exposure, with AMD being soft on a launch date.

KitGuru Says: Celebrating its 30 anniversary for operations in Taiwan, AMD was keen to highlight the company's focus for high-performance computing in the market segments that include consumer. No details have been released on it thus far, so we'll have to see what AMD has up their sleeve.

ThreadRipper will be an 18-core/32-thread CPU, supporting quad-channel DDR4 memory and with 64 PCI Express 3 (PCIe) lanes for communicating with the rest of the system. Those waiting for Threadripper to make an appearance, though, still have a while to wait: despite showcasing the processor's capabilities in a system running Bethesda's Prey in Ultra HD 4K - aided by a pair of Radeon Vega GPUs running in Crossfire mode - the company had no firm launch date to announce, bar the promise that the chips would be arriving 'summer 2017'. The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics chip debuts on June 27.

  • Gina Adkins