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AMD Ryzen Pro targets workstations with enterprise performance, security

Why it matters to you

You will soon have another option besides Intel for your commercial-grade professional workstation.

AMD is in the middle of rolling out some significant new advancements across its entire product line. Its Ryzen CPUs[1] based on the new Zen architecture[2] are challenging Intel’s best processors, and AMD’s Vega Frontier Edition GPUs[3] are now available with even faster Radeon Vega consumer gaming GPUs[4] coming later this year.

AMD hasn’t forgotten about the high-end market commercial, however, with its AMD Epyc family of server processors[5] offering extremely powerful options for the data center. Now, AMD is following up on Epyc with its announcement of the new Ryzen Pro desktop chips aimed squarely at highly compute-intensive workplaces.

amd ryzen pro workstation grade processors lineup

Ryzen Pro utilizes the Zen architecture to enhance its Ryzen line[6] to meet the needs of enterprise-class applications and multitasking workflows. AMD is promising up to 52 percent better computer performance over the previous generation of CPUs, while the Ryzen 7 Pro 1700 will outperform competing solutions like Intel’s Core i7-7700 by up to 62 percent.

The Ryzen Pro lineup will come in six configurations:

Product Line Model Cores Threads Boost Clock (GHz) Base Clock (GHz) TDP (Watts)
Ryzen 7 Pro 1700X 8 16 3.8 3.4 95
Ryzen 7 Pro 1700 8 16 3.7 3.0 65
Ryzen 5 Pro 1600 6 12 3.6 3.2 65
Ryzen 5 Pro 1500 4 8 3.7 3.5 65
Ryzen 3 Pro 1300 4 4 3.7 3.5 65
Ryzen 3 Pro 1200 4 4 3.4 3.1 65

According to AMD, each Ryzen Pro CPU will significantly outperform the relevant Intel alternative. The Ryzen 5 Pro 1600, for example, will be 8 percent faster in PCMark10, 39 percent faster in Geekbench, and 92 percent faster in Cinebench R15 than the Intel Core i5-7500.

In addition, AMD is packing Ryzen Pro full of its most important enterprise features, aiming at providing the most manageable, reliable, robust, and secure platform available. AMD SenseMI[7] will provide its usual enhancements, including Precision Boost for precision tuning in 25MHz increments, Extended Frequency Range (XFR) support for automatic increase in processor clock speeds when system and processor cooling is sufficient, and Neural Net Prediction, Smart Prefetch, and Pure Power functionality.

Security is the major enhancement in Ryzen Pro aimed at the enterprise. All Ryzen Pro CPUs will benefit from the following AMD security technologies:

  • Transparent Secure Memory Encryption: DRAM encryption is provided independent of the OS and application without needing any software modification and with a low performance impact.
  • Secure Boot Process: Industry Standard Secure Boot secures the system before threats can attack via Industry Standard Secure Boot BIOS protection.
  • Trusted Applications: fTPM enabled with TMP 2.0 support, this feature provides for secure storage and trusted applications processing with real-time intrusion detection.
  • Secure Production Environment: Hardware, firmware, BIOS, and configurations are tested and confirmed prior to shipment, with security starting on the assembly line at the moment of production.

AMD is also promising the highest level of reliability, with 18-month image stability, 24-month processor availability, commercial-grade, high-yield wafers, and industry-leading DASH manageability. Along with a Commercial Limited Warranty, the Ryzen Pro is certified for the enterprise.

Ryzen Pro will be available worldwide in the second half of 2017. AMD will be making Ryzen Pro mobile CPUs available in the first half of 2018.

References

  1. ^ Ryzen CPUs (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ Zen architecture (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ Vega Frontier Edition GPUs (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ even faster Radeon Vega consumer gaming GPUs (www.digitaltrends.com)
  5. ^ AMD Epyc family of server processors (www.amd.com)
  6. ^ Ryzen line (www.amd.com)
  7. ^ AMD SenseMI (www.amd.com)
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Shape life your way with open, flexible spaces in Escape Traveler One tiny home

Why it matters to you

If typical tiny homes seem to cluttered and over-built, here’s a chance to shape your own space.

The challenge of fitting utilities, conveniences, and necessities in a sub-300 square foot tiny home often results in a busy, over-built look. The Escape Traveler One[1] turns the process around with a unique exterior that defines but doesn’t control the tiny home’s airy interior. The One’s purpose is to be a blank space to encourage the owner’s personal zen in this tiny home.

Escape Traveler[2] builds tiny homes, park model RVs, and RVIA certified travel trailers[3]. Models range from 16 feet long and 8.5 feet wide to 43 feet long and 14 feet wide. Depending on the configuration and options, you can use Escape Traveler’s units for weekend camping, as permanently installed campground park models, or as a standalone building used as a guest or office. You can hook up to standard campground utilities or specify the necessities for off-grid living with solar power arrays, water and waste treatment, and energy efficiency.

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Many tiny home builders try to include everything you find in a traditional home by building to smaller scale and with multifunctional features. The result often looks and feels tight and cramped. The 25-foot long by 8.5-foot wide One has surprisingly expansive interior spaces precisely because they aren’t filled shelves, cabinets, and compartments. Escape Traveler’s One is the company’s take on Japanese architecture in a tiny home.

The exterior boards are charred with fire in a process called Shou Sugi Ban. The burning changes the wood’s molecular structure. The charring is said to help the wood last 80 to 100 years and gives it a dark, shiny patina that serves as a contrasting frame for the open, light pine interior.

The One’s windows and light standard unfinished pine interior wall boards emphasize the sense of spaciousness. The 11-foot high ceiling helps, too. You can use the space as you wish, but the suggested application is for the lower area to serve as living, dining, and cooking spaces. There’s also a bath with shower.

Open stairs lead to a 64-square foot sleeping loft that has a generous 5-foot height. Windows on three sides add to the feeling of spaciousness. As with many tiny home sleeping lofts, most people won’t be able to stand up. However, in the One, you’ll find more room to move around than expected and won’t have to literally crawl into bed.

The base One model costs $49,800. It comes standard with a heat pump for heating and air conditioning and LED lighting on both levels. There are standard 30 amp RV hookups, an on-demand water heater, and a bathroom with 36-inch shower, sink, and toilet.

A $3,900 kitchen option includes pine cabinets with a hideaway sink and propane stove, under counter refrigerator/freezer, counter top, and shelving. You can add many other features and upgrades to the One, including off-grid options listed on the website[4], but this design’s aesthetic works best if you only add what you absolutely need.

References

  1. ^ Escape Traveler One (www.escapetraveler.net)
  2. ^ Escape Traveler (escapetraveler.net)
  3. ^ RVIA certified travel trailers (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ website (www.escapetraveler.net)
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Close to the Metal ep. 33: Ryzen is here, but is AMD really back?

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AMD’s Ryzen is here, and ready to destroy any hopes Intel had for world domination — or at least, that’s what they tell us. In fact, we heard this same rhetoric come out for the last big architecture change, Bulldozer, only to be sorely disappointed when it landed. Even in the Radeon RX Series cards couldn’t keep up with Intel’s latest and great. Is this the chip that finally puts AMD back in mainstream systems?

Probably not. While the highest-end Ryzen chips compete very well with Intel’s CPUs when the core count surpasses four, the instructions per clock still can’t keep up with the most popular chips from Intel, such as the Core i7-6600K, which remains our top pick for gaming machines.

It’s not all bad news for the red team. The Ryzen chips fight up a weight class when it comes to prosumer and home workstation systems, particularly with the R7 1800 X, which boasts performance not seen with even upgraded X99 Intel processors, depending on the workload. We ran the processors through the ringer of not just performance tests and stress tests, but overclock testing too, for those who like to erk out extra performance.

So is it worth making the jump to AMD’s brand new platform? We’ll dig into the performance results and pricing structure to decide who exactly needs Ryzen, and who should stick with the status quo and choose an Intel chip. All that and more on this week’s Close to the Metal.

Close to the Metal[1] is a podcast from Digital Trends that focuses on the geekier side of life. It tackles the topics PC enthusiasts argue over in language everyone can understand. Please subscribe, share, and send your questions to [email protected]digitaltrends.com. We broadcast the show live on YouTube every Tuesday at 1pm EST/10am PST.

References

  1. ^ Close to the Metal (www.digitaltrends.com)