Meet Ryzen Pro
AMD isn't just going to try and take aim at Intel with Ryzen, Thread Ripper, and EPYC, but also Ryzen Pro. It's all in the name too; Ryzen Pro processors will take aim at Intel's traditional vPro CPUs. These CPUs generally target professionals and businesses and typically offer significantly more security and manageability features. These are not gaming CPUs, but I would venture that they will perform similarly to the normal Ryzen lineup in games.
There are three main selling points that AMD is banking on. The first is power, and by that they mean performance; specifically multi-core performance. AMD's strategy here is the same with its mainstream consumer Ryzen parts; win with more cores for the same price. Secure means that AMD has increased security, and AMD actually has a dedicated security hardware system built into Ryzen Pro CPUs that will provide memory and virtualization protection. AMD has also taken steps to meet enterprise-class reliability standards. We will cover all these points in this article.
The Ryzen Pro lineup scales just as much as Intel's vPro offerings. You can get up to 8 cores and 16 threads of SMT performance, with processors scaling upwards of 3.7GHz (with AMD's Precision Boost), up to 20MB L2 and L3 cache, and of course AMD's new Zen core based technologies.
Ryzen Pro will also offer many of the same technologies we saw with the first Ryzen processors. The first is Precision Boost, which is basically like AMD's intelligent turbo technology that polls many internal sensors 25 million times per second. We all have heard of AMD's Extended Frequency Range (XFR) which allows the processor to automatically scale up frequency above Precision Boost levels if cooling is adequate. Neural Net Prediction was also in Ryzen, and it's used to improve cache hit rates. Smart Prefetch also helps with the ability of the processor to execute quicker, and Pure Power goes back to Precision Boost and acts as the power monitoring networking (100 posts) inside the CPU.
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