Rounding out AMD’s slew of product announcements and updates at their Computex 2018 press conference, the company very briefly showed off their first 7nm Zen 2 silicon in the form of an EPYC processor.

AMD’s previous roadmaps called for the company to get silicon back around this time to begin sampling by the end of the year, and at Computex the company has confirmed that they are right on schedule. While CEO Lisa Su unfortunately only showed off a capped version of the CPU – so we didn’t get to see the CPU dies underneath – she did confirm that AMD has silicon back in the labs now and is working on bringing it up for retail.

Sampling of Zen 2-based EPYC processors remains on track for the second half of this year. A launch will follow in 2019. The next-generation EPYC will also use the same SP3 socket as the first-generation chips, though AMD did not clarify on what the status of drop-in compatibility will be.

It goes without saying that the second-generation EPYC will be even more important for AMD than the first-generation. The long lead times and general cautiousness of server vendors and datacenter customers means that the industry by and large treated the first-generation EPYC as AMD’s chance to prove that it had corrected its ways in the datacenter. Now that they have done that, AMD’s second-generation product will be the company’s first real opportunity to sell EPYC processors in high volume, assuming that the Zen 2-based EPYC lives up to AMD’s claims.

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  • iwod - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    Any word on what IPC improvement we may get for Zen 2? Reply
  • ImSpartacus - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    No one knows. Reply
  • Gondalf - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    Obviously they will are marginal. Right now Zen have an high IPC pretty near to the limits with an accaptable power consumption. It will be clocked faster if GloFo will be able to deliver on a brand new Process.
    About shipment, an early sampling in H2 means a H2/2019 timeframe. The debug takes a lot of time on a server die (one year) and pretty likely it will not be easy for GloFo to ship fast clocked SKUs on a fine process like 10/7nm.
    Anyway all is on time with the new 10nm+ Xeon on track for H2/2019. Nice neck to neck battle.
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  • 0ldman79 - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    AMD was claiming big improvements to Zen 2 vs the moderate gains on Zen+.

    Obviously we'll wait and see, but I don't think you should count them out yet. They could probably speed up processing a bit by making the integer pipelines more asymmetric like Intel did, or adding a couple of short pipelines to their existing integer setup for small code.
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  • piroroadkill - Thursday, June 07, 2018 - link

    "Obviously they will are marginal"???
    I don't think anybody really knows with regards to Zen 2. If you're talking Zen+, then fair enough - that's a known entity. But Zen 2 comes with promises of much larger gains than those from Zen to Zen+
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  • Dirk Broer - Thursday, June 07, 2018 - link

    Wasn't Epyc 2 supposed to be equipped with the 48-core/96-thread "starship" die? Reply
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    "the company very briefly showed off their first 7nm Zen 2 silicon"

    So they showed off a piece of metal which presumably hides their first 7 nm silicon chip?
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  • mode_13h - Friday, June 08, 2018 - link

    Heh, at least it wasn't painted wood, like a graphics card shown by a certain company a few years back. Reply
  • DroidTomTom - Thursday, June 07, 2018 - link

    AMD is executing products pretty well these days. Just two years ago you could just about add a year to any prediction they gave. Now it seems like they are ever so slightly ahead of schedule. Which is great because they are getting to polish the products before they are released. And I have not forgot about the fiasco of AMD being late to release samples to vendors with Zen but I think that was intentional to limit leaks. Reply
  • msroadkill612 - Thursday, June 21, 2018 - link

    Intel is executing products a lot too :) Reply

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