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AMD Launches Ryzen Pro: Intel Xeon Competitor, Now With Vega (Page 1)

AMD Launches Ryzen Pro: Intel Xeon Competitor, Now With Vega

AMD's new Ryzen Pro is like Intel receiving a lump of coal for Christmas, but a very important step for AMD.

By Steven Bassiri from May 14, 2018 @ 8:00 CDT

Introducing Ryzen Pro Desktop and Mobile Processors

Last week I attended an AMD briefing at their new Santa Clara headquarters, complete with a Jim Sanders bust, where AMD introduced their brand new Ryzen Pro Desktop and Mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics. AMD's Ryzen Pro processors are designed to compete with Intel's Xeon lineup. However, AMD has taken things to the next level and has added in their Radeon Vega graphics for the iGPU on the processors.

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In 2017 AMD added over $1 billion in sales YoY compared to 2016, and the PC is still AMD's biggest market. In 2017 Q3 AMD says that they had 40% market share in certain market segments, so we are excited to see how they will pump up competition in 2018. Using low power APUs is great for enterprise since power consumption is a big deal to large corporations. The addition of the Vega graphics makes thing interesting since now people can play games on their work PCs. AMD is trying to make their offering very versatile, and the Vega graphics do make that happen.

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On the mobile side of things, we find Ryzen Pro 2700U, 2500U, and 2300U processors. You might have heard about AMD's Ryzen 2700U and 2500U, and these new Ryzen Pro models are quite similar. All the CPUs offer the ability to scale TDP between 12-25W. For the desktop, AMD is launching the Pro 2400G, 2400GE, 2200G, and 2200GE. The GE version comes in at 35W while the G versions come in at 65W. The Pro 2400G and 2200G are very similar to the Ryzen 2400G and 2200G, just like the new Ryzen Pro mobile CPUs.

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For the more powerful desktops, AMD offers Ryzen Pro CPUs up to 8 cores, and Threadripper up to 16 cores. These are already available, and there will be updates to both this year, and Thread Ripper 2nd generation is also sampling.

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The new Pro APUs are rated up to 4 cores 8 threads, up to 3.9GHz with Precision Boost 2 and mobile XFR, up to 11 Radeon Vega CUs, and they should offer up to 20% more performance than competing products.

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The one thing that every Ryzen Pro CPU offers is hardware-based security measures. Each Ryzen Pro processor has a dedicated security processor, GuardMI, AES128-bit encryption engine, enterprise security support, and support for fTPM/TPM 2.0.

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