In parallel news, earlier today at Computex 2017 AMD officially showcased Ryzen Threadipper. This certainly is a strong contender for AMD's CPU which packs 16-core and 32-thread. Still, one can dream.
The on-going war existing between Intel Core i9 and AMD Thread-ripper CPU continues to be fuelled as more leaks suggesting that Intel has a lot of surprises in store for its fans continue to roll-out. Size doesn't mean much, in fairness, but it looks like AMD is focussing on big, chunky chips for the foreseeable future, especially considering its "EPYC" (yes, really) server processors are even bigger. 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. 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'. ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte and MSI will all have X399 motherboards in the market when Threadripper launches. Intel fought back with its new Core X-Series announcement and the new $1999 flagship CPU with Core i9-7980XE.
The Vega on-die integration was first mentioned at the company's financial analyst day, though if you were like me, it went unnoticed in the wave of Threadripper and EPYC news.
Meanwhile, the company also provided a demonstration of its new Radeon RX Vega graphics card, also based on the Vega architecture.
Virtual reality demands the latest technologies for realistic VR experiences and AMD announced that all Ryzen™ desktop processors are Oculus approved. First up is the Vega Frontier Edition, which will launch on June 27 and fulfill, barely, AMD's pledge to have Vega in market during the first half of 2017.