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When I joined AMD two years ago, AMD engineering talent and the promise of the “Zen” CPU core were major factors in my decision. Jump to today, and it’s amazing to see the rate at which we are building innovative and competitive new products through strong execution. That brings me to today’s update that spans the full Ryzen™ processor spectrum – major Ryzen Threadripper™ and Ryzen™ 3 processor updates!


You can watch AMD President and CEO Lisa Su talk with the team about these new Ryzen CPUs here.


Let’s start with my favorite CPU and platform, Ryzen Threadripper. Today, we are announcing that the processor we demonstrated for the first time at Computex will be called the Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 1950X.









AMD SVP and GM of Computing and Graphics Jim Anderson shows off Ryzen Threadripper at Computex 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.










You know about its 16 cores and 32 threads, but it also delivers a 3.4 GHz base clock and a 4.0 GHz boost. And I’m happy to say we’ve priced the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X at a suggested retail price of USD $999, bringing incredible price/performance ratios to the High End Desktop (HEDT) market. Joining the 16-core CPU will be the Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 1920X, which packs 12 cores and 24 threads, a 3.5 GHz base clock and a 4.0 GHz boost, at a USD $799 suggested retail price. In the video link above, you’ll see both processors delivering more performance than the competition’s flagship HEDT processor, the Core i9 7900X – the 1950X by a wide margin. What’s more, every Threadripper X399 platform supporting the 1950X and 1920X features 64 lanes of PCIe® with support for up to four GPUs. And like all Ryzen processors, both the 1950X and 1920X are unlocked for overclocking*.


The best news may be that you won’t have to wait long; both Ryzen Threadripper processors and a variety of motherboards will be on shelf in early August 2017.


With Ryzen Threadripper processors representing the ultimate in desktop performance, the Ryzen 3 CPU will get even more people into the Ryzen family – at an affordable price point. Both Ryzen 3 desktop processors are 4 core, 4 thread, “Zen” architecture-based CPUs. We have two consumer desktop models, the Ryzen™ 3 1300X CPU with base clock of 3.5 GHz and boost to 3.7 GHz, and the Ryzen™ 3 1200 CPU with a base clock of 3.1 GHz and boost to 3.4 GHz. And the wait is even shorter for Ryzen 3 – it will be on shelf starting July 27th, and of course AMD AM4 A320, B350, and X370 motherboard options from the top ODMs are already available for pairing with Ryzen™ 7, Ryzen™ 5, and – very soon – Ryzen 3.


After the Ryzen 3 launch July 27th, you will hear more about both Ryzen Threadripper CPUs and our “Vega” GPUs at SIGGRAPH before month’s end. And don’t forget Alienware Area 51 Threadripper Edition pre-orders begin July 27th, too!



Cautionary Statement

This blog contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) including, but not limited to, the timing, pricing, features, functionality, availability, expectations, performance, and benefits of AMD’s Ryzen™ 3 and AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ products, which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as "would," "may," "expects," "believes," "plans," "intends," "projects" and other terms with similar meaning. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this blog are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this blog and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Such statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond AMD's control, that could cause actual results and other future events to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in AMD's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to AMD's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 1, 2017.


*Note: AMD’s product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking, even when overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software.

At AMD we strive to stay ahead in meeting the needs of our customers and the market. With a desire to improve battery life of our technology, plus awareness of the importance of reducing their environmental impact, we’ve “leaned in” further in our efforts to lower power consumption of our products while improving their performance.


To this end, I am pleased to share several important updates on AMD’s “25x20” Energy Efficiency Initiative. More than two years ago AMD announced a goal to accelerate the “performance per watt” of our mobile (APU) microprocessors by 25 times by 2020, from a 2014 baseline.[i] Achieving it means that in 2020, an AMD powered notebook computer will accomplish a task in one fifth of the time as one produced in 2014, while consuming on average less than one fifth the power.


Recent 25x20 highlights include: 

  1. The AMD 7th Generation A-Series APU (formally codenamed “Bristol Ridge”) keeps AMD on the glide path to achieve our 25x20 goal. Our new “PRO” A-Series APUs deliver up to 32% greater energy efficiency compared to the previous PRO generation, powering numerous commercial HP and Lenovo desktop and notebook products.[ii] We also launched a 35W PRO A-Series APU that reduces energy consumption by two-thirds from the prior generation, while delivering powerful performance for ultra-small form factor PCs like the Lenovo ThinkCentre M715 Tiny desktop.[iii]
  2. In 2016 AMD’s 25x20 Initiative received several accolades, including “Project of the Year” from Environmental Leader, the “Catalyst Award” from the Green Electronics Council, and the “Technology & Innovation Award” from the Austin Chamber of Commerce.[iv] These recognitions were proudly accepted on behalf of the many talented AMD engineers and business teams around the world.
  3. 25x20 has been verified by the “Science-Based Targets initiative” (“SBTi”)– a collaboration with the UN Global Compact, Word Resources Institute, and others - as aggressive enough to address AMD’s role in mitigating climate change. In fact, AMD currently is the only microprocessor company recognized by SBTi to demonstrate company-wide carbon reduction targets aligned with climate science.[v]




Looking ahead, we are excited about how AMD’s unique design capabilities and power management features will continue to accelerate the energy efficiency of AMD processors, despite the slowing gains from manufacturing advances (e.g., Moore’s law). As one award judge commented “… there’s a shift in technology [with 25x20] that maybe exceeds Moore’s Law and causes a shift in computing success.”[vi]


We invite you to learn more about energy efficiency trends in a new Electronic Design article titled, “Moore’s Law has Slowed, So What’s Next for Computing Efficiency?” authored by AMD Corporate Fellow, Sam Naffziger and Research Fellow at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, Dr. Jonathan Koomey.


AMD values the opportunity to design efficient and world-class processors for your business. Whether you are looking to lower total cost of ownership, reduce energy use, extend battery-life, or improve compute performance, AMD’s 25x20 Energy Efficiency Initiative can help support your priorities.


We look forward to updating you as we continue our bold journey towards 25x20!


Jim Anderson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Computing and Graphics Business, AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. 




[ii] Testing by AMD Performance labs. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. 3DMark 11 Performance is used to simulate graphics performance, and Cinebench R11.5 1T Performance is used to simulate single threaded CPU performance; the 7th Generation AMD PRO A12-9800 at 65W scored 3521.25 and 1.21 while the AMD PRO A10-8850B at 95W scored 2880 and 1.06 respectively. CPU Performance improvement : 1.21/1.06=1.14X or 14% more, Graphic Performance improvement : 3521.25/2880=1.22X or 22% more, Power Consumption improvement : (95W-65W)/95W=0.32X or 32% less.

[iii], footnote #1