AMD RX Vega GPUs to launch in July

Posted June 01, 2017

The new ROG Strix GL702ZC will be available with the octa-core Ryzen 7 1700 processor in the top-end configuration, while more affordable variants will get the hexa-core Ryzen 5 1600 and the unannounced quad-core Ryzen 3 1200 processor.

AMD did, though, show off a 16-core Threadripper blitzing through the same Blender test it used when it launched Ryzen 7 back in March, polishing off the workload in the popular open-source graphics program in a matter of seconds.

'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, ' claimed Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Compute and Graphics business group.

Derek Yu, Global Marketing Director of Asus' ROG gaming division introduced the ROG Strix GL702ZC laptop using a Ryzen Mobile processor, described as the world's first 8-core gaming laptop. One of the great aspects about Ryzen mobile is that the chips will be much faster than AMD's previous mobile APU generation, with a focus on maximizing performance-per-watt.

For what it's worth, during its Computex event AMD showcased PREY running in 4K on two Radeon RX Vega graphics card on the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU. Previously codenamed "Naples", the first EPYC processor-based servers are scheduled to launch June 20. AMD offered up a taste of what is in store for gamers. This is AMD's entry into the high-end desktop (HEDT) market with its new Threadripper CPU range.

AMD stopped short of confirming important details about ThreadRipper, such as its clock speed, price or release date, beyond repeating it will be out "this summer".

The Threadripper is coming this summer, and it has 16 cores capable of running 32 threads. Ryzen Mobile laptops for consumers are expected to launch before the end of 2017, while models for corporate and enterprise customers will come out in the first half of 2018.

AMD's CEO Lisa Su, however, tried to paint a sunny picture at the press conference.

ThreadRipper CPUs will run on motherboards based on the X399 chipset, and will be particularly large in size, as can be seen in the image above. A working sample of a sub-15mm thin 2-in-1 with a Ryzen Mobile processor was shown on stage. That narrows the date of the announcement down to a window of July 30th through August 3, but it also leaves the door open for when the new Vega consumer cards might be available.