AMD Unveils 'Epyc' Data Center Chip

Geronimo Vena
Mag 17, 2017

Now, a new leak suggests that AMD could be unveiling a range of HEDT processors that will rival the Intel version; the AMD Ryzen 9 or Threadripper.

At its financial analyst day in Sunnyvale, AMD continued rolling out its product roadmap, specifically announcing a much-anticipated 16-core/32-thread product at the high-end of the desktop space, known as Threadripper, as well as Ryzen Pro for the professional segment, EPYC for the data center, and the inclusion of Vega as an integrated GPU in forthcoming APUs. The company's brand new enthusiast CPU lineup is set to debut at the end of the month at Computex and bring the company's outstanding Zen architecture to the high-end desktop, according to Digital Trends. The 1977X has a base clock speed of 3.5GHz, and a boost clock all the way up to 4.1GHz with a 155W TDP.

The three new Ryzen entries were also announced alongside a new high-performance Zen-based server CPU, called Epyc.

It is still unclear when AMD intends to release the AMD Ryzen 9 processors.

Initially there will be four members of this new "split" of Intel processors with 6, 8, 10 and 12 cores and double threads running through HyperThreading technology. Bear in mind that 4.1GHz has been the top overclock on most liquid cooled Ryzen chips so far, but getting a single core or two that high has been easier. Furthermore there are two 12-core CPUs and their clock speeds range between 3.00 and 3.20 GHz with a TDP of 125W.

Touting the virtues of combing CPUs and GPUs in servers, two kinds of chips that only AMD offers under one roof, Su noted that Epyc "allows you to connect more GPUs directly to the CPU than any other solution in the industry". Ryzen 9 1977 has a base clock of 3.2GHz and boosts to 3.7GHz.

As for gaming, these new chips might be a little overkill. High end Ryzen 7 CPUs like the 1800X are already well above $400, so expect these to be even more expensive.

Again, these are all leaked specs, and things may change.

The 16-core lineup includes the 1998 and 1998X models.

A rumour based on a purported Intel slide claims that the company is to launch a new Core i9 product family, based on the Skylake-X microarchitecture, in June this year.

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