Thursday, August 31st 2017

AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop Processors Released Worldwide

Building on the global enthusiasm generated by the launch of Ryzen high-end desktop processors and EPYC server processors for the datacenter, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced broad adoption of enterprise solutions featuring AMD Ryzen PRO desktop processors. Designed for business, Ryzen PRO processors bring reliability, security, and performance to address the demands of today's compute-intensive enterprise-focused workloads. Commercially-focused desktop solutions based on these new processors are expected to be available from Dell, HP, and Lenovo in the coming weeks.

"Today's business PC users require more processing power than ever before to run increasingly demanding applications, to ensure they can multi-task without disruption, and to help protect against security threats," said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD. "Ryzen PRO is designed to address these needs, and we're proud to collaborate with such a strong set of industry leaders on a robust assortment of AMD-based desktop PCs that showcase the strength and flexibility of the Ryzen PRO platform."
Based on the AMD "Zen" core, Ryzen PRO processors are designed especially for the enterprise and public sectors. AMD GuardMI technology enables state-of-the-art, power-on to power-off, silicon-level security that helps protect against an ever-growing number of threats. Ryzen PRO processors provide commercial-grade quality and reliability to help ensure platform longevity for future-ready computing. Cutting edge, open-standard manageability helps safeguard businesses from being locked into proprietary solutions. Advanced technology, such as SenseMI and up to 8 processing cores, provides breakthrough responsiveness for the most demanding enterprise-class applications and multi-tasking workflows.

Global OEM Support
In the coming months, enterprise customers can plan to purchase Ryzen PRO processor-based systems from top PC vendors including Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

"Businesses buying PCs are constantly evaluating the latest features and performance so they can easily manage and secure their most important asset-their data," said Tom Tobul, vice president, Dell Commercial Client Solutions. "That's why we're proud to introduce the OptiPlex 5055 PC featuring the Ryzen PRO CPU and its improved security features. The OptiPlex 5055 is a worthy addition to what is already the world's most secure and manageable desktop PC portfolio."

"Our customers run many demanding applications, including commercial VR, and we expect our platforms to take full advantage of AMD Ryzen PRO processors and leverage the high-end performance provided by Ryzen 7 PRO 1700X," Lorena Kubera, vice president of product management, Commercial PCs, HP Inc. "In addition, the ability to natively run security applications within the processor allows us to provide robust security features that work hand-in-hand with HP security software. Knowing we can provide a strong front against security threats gives our customers peace-of-mind and is part of the many aspects they've come to expect from HP."

"The customer experience is paramount to Lenovo and its partners. Together we strive to develop and provide the most reliable, manageable, and secure products in the market. And today, with AMD, we are excited to welcome the upcoming ThinkPad A series powered by 7th Gen AMD PRO processors to our enterprise-class commercial portfolio," says Jerry Paradise, executive director, Lenovo Commercial Portfolio and Product Management. "Expanding that portfolio to include the latest AMD PRO and AMD Ryzen PRO processors in our ThinkPad A series notebooks and ThinkCentre M715 desktops helps us to further support our enterprise customers and their ever-evolving business requirements."

Customer & Partner Support
"Business users are the quintessential multi-taskers: emailing, word processing, editing spreadsheets and presentations, web browsing and listening to music all at the same time," said Roanne Sones, General Manager, Strategy and Ecosystem for Windows and Devices at Microsoft. "The new multi-core design of Ryzen PRO processors delivers performance on Windows 10 PCs, smoothly running multiple applications at once and enhancing the user experience."

"At Jellyfish, we're driven by passion to make the ordinary extraordinary. AMD Ryzen PRO processors allow us to achieve that. They empower our creative professionals to imagine, design, invent, build, dream - to create freely without limitations. AMD hardware enables our personnel to focus on their art, not the technology," said Jeremy Smith, CTO at Jellyfish Pictures.
"We love innovation. Qarnot is based on the idea of working and using resources intelligently. This is why we appreciate AMD Ryzen PRO processors," said Clément Pellegrini, senior software engineer at Qarnot computing. "In our testing, based on 3D rendering computations, we found AMD Ryzen PRO processors significantly outperform the competition. But it's not only about performance; a distributed datacenter must include the utmost in security and manageability. Silicon-based features like Transparent Secure Memory Encryption and DASH manageability are the types of key features we look for so we can feel confident we can provide a secure and stable cloud computing platform to our customers."

"Schneider Digital specializes in PCs for GEO Information Systems, Architecture, Research, Medicine, Animation, and Film / TV digital imaging. To be successful, our customers demand exceptional performance and security," said Josef J. Schneider, CEO of Schneider Digital - Professional 3D-Stereo and VR/AR Hardware-Solutions. "We had overwhelming positive feedback when testing the AMD Ryzen PRO processor with complex CGI Render Software like Cinema 4D and Autodesk VRED. The new Transparent Secure Memory Encryption feature makes it easy to rollout large installations with encryption already enabled without the need to make any software modifications. The combination of easy and robust security along with superb performance convinced us to use AMD Ryzen PRO Processors in Pulsaron workstations."

"For us, AMD is a partner in innovation. At 42 Silicon Valley, we want to push the boundaries and question how we can use technology to impact and improve the world. When you're processing over a hundred million data points to model the size and expanse of the universe, you need something that has incredible processing power," said Kwame Yamgnane, co-founder and managing director at 42 Silicon Valley.

"The physicians and staff of Kearney Clinic, P.C. believe it is important for us to provide the best possible care and service to our patients. In our testing, the AMD Ryzen PRO processor exhibited impressive performance, showcasing the ability to get work completed in a more timely and efficient manner. This is very exciting for us, as less time spent waiting on technology means more time for our patients," said Justin Dannenberg, IT Specialist at Kearney Clinic, P.C.

Availability
New business-class desktop PCs featuring AMD Ryzen PRO processors expected availability:
  • Dell Optiplex 5055 desktop PCs are expected to ship in the coming weeks
  • HP EliteDesk 705 desktop PCs are expected to ship in the coming weeks.
  • Lenovo ThinkCentre M715 desktop PCs are expected to ship in the coming weeks. Click here for more information.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad A475 and A275 notebook PCs are expected in Q4 2017
  • Ryzen PRO mobile processors are scheduled for launch in the first half of 2018.
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16 Comments on AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop Processors Released Worldwide

#1
Valantar
Do these actually have black IHSes? If so: that's pretty bad ass. Wonder what material they use for that.
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R-T-B
Valantar said:
Do these actually have black IHSes? If so: that's pretty bad ass. Wonder what material they use for that.
Pretty sure they'll be as likely to be black as have a vault door built into the IHS.
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#3
RejZoR
Would be nice if they were black plated with gold text. Unlikely, but would be cool :)
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#4
Alexandrus
RejZoR said:
Would be nice if they were black plated with gold text. Unlikely, but would be cool :)
Actually, the coolest thing would be black PCB, everything else has black, white, or whatever other color except lame green PCB, just the CPUs continue with the green PCB.
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#5
ensabrenoir
.....until they make a total acrylic/transparent hsf or tower cooler....no one will ever know.....but yeah still the black will be cool for about the 20 seconds you look at it before popping it in the system.
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#6
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
It's a shame they didn't make them properly ECC compatible. They have Pro in their name for crying out loud.
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#7
DeathtoGnomes
Can wait to see sale numbers in a year from now, I bet the R3 1200s will out sell all others.
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#8
R-T-B
Frick said:
It's a shame they didn't make them properly ECC compatible. They have Pro in their name for crying out loud.
My GIGABYTE board supports ECC memory. You mean like registered DIMMS or something?
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#9
BeepBeep2
Frick said:
It's a shame they didn't make them properly ECC compatible. They have Pro in their name for crying out loud.
"Properly ECC compatible"...

What are you getting at? DT Ryzen (non-pro) even supports unregistered DIMMs. Its not like the standard Core i7s and single-socket Xeon 1XXX v4 series are shipping all over the place with RDIMMs...

If you want RDIMM support then EPYC is the solution.
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#10
Alexandrus
ensabrenoir said:
.....until they make a total acrylic/transparent hsf or tower cooler....no one will ever know.....but yeah still the black will be cool for about the 20 seconds you look at it before popping it in the system.
Yeah, true, but the same can be said about motherboards used in solid panel cases, or video cards with backplates and so on, you do not actually see the PCB, but it's still cool to be black.
I mean, for instance, the HEDT CPUs with their black boxes and so on, not even those have a black die in the PCB solution :)
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#11
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
Frick said:
It's a shame they didn't make them properly ECC compatible. They have Pro in their name for crying out loud.
ECC isn't the same thing as registered memory. Unregistered memory for the consumer is usually non-ECC but, there is unregistered ECC memory. Registered memory is driven differently because the signal is buffered by a chip on the DIMM which essentially amplifies the signal coming out of the IMC to lessen the load on the IMC itself so you can drive more DIMMs per channel due to the reduction in IMC load (in terms of current to drive the DIMM directly.)

Registered memory is only important if you're running a platform that uses it exclusively and where your memory needs are greater than computational needs because there is a latency cost to buffering a DIMM. ECC on the other hand has very little impact on how the DIMM is driven. It's just a DIMM with an extra memory chip that stores a parity bit for every "word" in terms of memory. I honestly think that it's stupid that everything doesn't support ECC already with the exception of very low power mobile devices but, most of AMD's CPUs can already handle ECC because it's hard to screw up XOR. I honestly think Intel is stupid for not handling ECC on their consumers chips because it's not like it makes a huge difference and it's entirely possible that the hardware can already handle it and that Intel just locks you out of it. I think it's a minor weakness and show of stupidity on Intel's part. It might be me but, I see it as a statement from AMD saying "look, our hardware for the consumer is just as stable as the hardware for the server market," and I think that's a good message to send but, it's not one that most people really care about.
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#12
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
BeepBeep2 said:
"Properly ECC compatible"...

What are you getting at? DT Ryzen (non-pro) even supports unregistered DIMMs. Its not like the standard Core i7s and single-socket Xeon 1XXX v4 series are shipping all over the place with RDIMMs...
I mean they do not officially support it nor validate it. As @R-T-B says, some motherboards support it, but not all does afaik. Here's the quote from a Reddit AMA:

"Validated means run it through server/workstation grade testing. For the first Ryzen processors, focused on the prosumer / gaming market, this feature is enabled and working but not validated by AMD. You should not have issues creating a whitebox homelab or NAS with ECC memory enabled."

Also Windows seems to have issues with detecting ECC as enabled, per this article.

Yes, I get it, it works, but it has Pro in the name, so one would expect it to be validated by now. Yes funds and all that, but still.
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#13
R-T-B
Frick said:
this article.
That's really quite the enlightening read. Thanks for linking it.
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#14
_larry
So what's the difference between these and standard Ryzen chips..? How does the Ryzen 5 1600 PRO compare to my 1600x? It says nothing about how the PRO differs from the standard chips...
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#15
Chloe Price
R-T-B said:
Pretty sure they'll be as likely to be black as have a vault door built into the IHS.
Best comment for a long time :toast:

I was thinking more of a Millennium Falcon, but yeah, it looks more like a vault door.
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#16
Vya Domus
DeathtoGnomes said:
Can wait to see sale numbers in a year from now, I bet the R3 1200s will out sell all others.
Lower end parts generally outsell the rest of the lineup most of the time , so it wouldn't be a surprise.

However honestly R3s don't look all that great to me. Sure I'd pick them up over an i3 any day but the cheapest R5 is so close in terms of price I'd pick one of those instead.
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