ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES has launched a new array of Ryzen Pro cpus which gives the company an important new weapon in its competition with Intel.
Last year, AMD released Ryzen Pro, a range of processors aimed at corporate desktops rather than consumer systems. Though generally identical to their consumer counterparts, the Pro snacks offer additional guarantees around supply and availability so that corporate fleets can standardize on particular snacks without risking a part being discontinued mid-way through their replacement cycle. Typically the Pro chips also bring longer warranties and stress certain security and management features that might not exactly be present or enabled in consumer systems.
The first Ryzen Pros a new major omission, however: they did not include integrated GPUs. Business desktops and laptops, typically used for Office, Internet browsing, and other low-intensity tasks, overwhelmingly use incorporated GPUs rather than discrete ones; they simply avoid need anything more powerful. The need for separate GPUs designed that the first-generation Ryzen Pros had only very limited appeal in their target corporate market.
Additional investigation suggests that it can in fact have the latency and clock management improvements of Zen+, but is made on Global Foundries’ 14nm+ process (versus 14nm for the original Ryzens, and 12nm for the second generation Ryzens).
AMD has launched seven processors total: four desktop and three mobile. AMD has frustratingly only chosen to provide maximum turbo boost time clock speeds in its spec sheets. The cache construction is a little different to earlier chips; although each CCX has 8MB of degree 3 cache, these processors only have 4MB allowed, along with 512KB of level 2 cache for each core.