Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st May 2017 22:45 UTC
AMD

At today's press conference, AMD has confirmed that the 16 core processor will for most purposes be half of an Epyc processor. This means that the two die MCM chip will feature 4 DDR4 channels and a whopping 64 lanes of PCIe, with all 64 lanes being enabled for all ThreadRipper SKUs. This will be broken up into 60+4: 60 lanes directly from the CPU for feeding PCIe and M.2 slots, and then another 4 lanes going to the chipset (with an undisclosed number of lanes then coming off of it) to drive basic I/O, USB, and other features. 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.

All this competition.

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keeping them a bit more honest
by codifies on Wed 31st May 2017 23:09 UTC
codifies
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2014-02-14

hopefully this means the end of Intels virtual monopoly and better cheaper cpu's

who knows maybe one day I will get to update Gentoo using a 32 core beast...!

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RE: keeping them a bit more honest
by Kochise on Thu 1st Jun 2017 08:14 UTC in reply to "keeping them a bit more honest"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Now looking for Via (Centaur tech) to come up with something new.

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The123king Member since:
2009-05-28

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

I think hell will freeze over before you see new x86 processors from VIA

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cb88 Member since:
2009-04-23

https://en.wikichip.org/wiki/zhaoxin

They already have... its decidedly last gen but far better than thier old cpus.

Probably since VIAs license for x86 is expiring in 2018 ... they are going to market only in China and other places that don't care about the US's FTC.

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hmm... HMMmm!
by xristos on Thu 1st Jun 2017 14:29 UTC
xristos
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2014-04-25

On the one hand, Christmas is coming...

On the other... no way this will fit in my mini-itx case :\

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RE: hmm... HMMmm!
by Flatland_Spider on Thu 1st Jun 2017 14:55 UTC in reply to "hmm... HMMmm!"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

The chip will fit, but nothing else will. You'll have to make the choice between the ginormous processor or everything else.

Maybe someone will make an extension cable, so the CPU can be housed in it's own separate chassis.

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RE[2]: hmm... HMMmm!
by Kochise on Fri 2nd Jun 2017 05:10 UTC in reply to "RE: hmm... HMMmm!"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

For a compute box for elastic cloud computing, that is enough.

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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Thu 1st Jun 2017 17:54 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

When it's a single-die SMP, 64 PCIe lanes isn't so much (32 per chip). Only benchmarks will be able to tell us if bolting two CPUs together on one die will actually scale productively, nor will this chip be cheap because of that -- I'm going to guesstimate approx. $1'300 on the low-end

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by cb88 on Thu 1st Jun 2017 18:07 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
cb88 Member since:
2009-04-23

They have very high yield working for them... so chances are more like $700-1200 price range for the entire lineup.

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