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AMD Launches Ryzen PRO CPUs: Enhanced Security, Longer Warranty, Better Quality (anandtech.com) 50

Reader harrisonweber shares a report: This morning AMD introduced their Ryzen PRO processors for business and commercial desktop PCs. The new lineup of CPUs includes the Ryzen 3 PRO, Ryzen 5 PRO and Ryzen 7 PRO families with four, six, or eight cores running at various frequencies. A superset to the standard Ryzen chips, the PRO chips have the same feature set as other Ryzen devices, but also offer enhanced security, 24 months availability, a longer warranty and promise to feature better chip quality. The AMD Ryzen PRO lineup of processors consists of six SKUs that belong to the Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 families targeting different market segments and offering different levels of performance. As one would expect, the Ryzen 7 PRO models are aimed at workstation applications and thus have all eight cores with simultaneous multithreading enabled, the Ryzen 5 PROmodels are designed for advanced mainstream desktops and therefore have four or six cores with SMT, whereas the Ryzen 3 PRO models are aimed at office workloads that work well on quad-core CPUs without SMT. The specifications of the Ryzen 7 PRO and the Ryzen 5 PRO resemble those of regular Ryzen processors. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 3 PRO are the first chips from the Ryzen 3 lineup and thus give us a general idea what to expect from such products: four cores without SMT operating at 3.1-3.5 GHz base frequency along with 2+8 MB of cache.
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AMD Launches Ryzen PRO CPUs: Enhanced Security, Longer Warranty, Better Quality

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    The phrase "Enhanced Security" almost never means what it says.

    • It gets really hot, so it is harder to steal without burning yourself.

    • I read through. Its a handful of options such some processor space specific for biometrics recognition so the software isn't involved. Also there it chunck out the memory into slices. If a check bit is not set right on the slice its assumes something wrote directly to memory and throws and error to the OS.

      I agree, hardware security is only as good as the software that is using it. It also takes away processing power from my core operations: Emulating the NES version of the Legend of Zelda at 240 frames

    • by klingens ( 147173 ) on Friday June 30, 2017 @04:00PM (#54721511)

      This time it does: it encrypts the main memory. So in the DRAM only encrypted data is stored. It gets decrypted on the fly, transparently when loaded into the CPU, so there is no special support needed by the OS or any software. This does increase latency of course.

      This encryption can also be used to encrypt VMs running on the CPU, where every VM has a different randomly created AES key, isolating VMs from each other.

      • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward

        But what is the point of this encryption when the keys are still in disk and in memory somewhere, or how does the server boot up without admin? Does it go to eleven?

        • If I access RAM in a different way than the way or from a process other than the one that is supposed to have that memory location I will use the wrong key or counter mode counter and as a result get garbage. I also can't write anything meaningful there for the other process to read.
    • I'm going to suggest that the enablement of memory encryption does fit the bill.
  • Comparison (Score:4, Interesting)

    by DigiShaman ( 671371 ) on Friday June 30, 2017 @03:37PM (#54721387) Homepage

    Ryzen 7 = Core i7
    Ryzen 5 = Core i5
    Ryzen 3 = Core i3

    Ryzen Pro is Xeon equivalent?

  • I see dead CPUs for sale on eBay but have never heard from anyone that had an actual CPU stop working.

    • I have tortured AMD CPU's over the years, and have never had one stop working. I have gotten bad out of box from frys, but I suspect they were returned after being fried. as i have had to remove TIM from them before insertion. I have also dropped and broken pins off of an FX-8350.. One memory channel bit the dust. But to this day its still working, my wife uses it to play TF2 with me. Hell i have overvolted them and it just caused them to run hot and throttle. I do not work with an ESD Wrist guard, And i wo

  • Are they still pulling their Marketing on the cores are did they finally add in the other half FPU's so all 8 processors have 8 FPU's? or is it more AMD marketing trying to convince you that nobody really needs all the parts on the die for all cores...

    • No. RTFM

    • Hi, you're talking about an entirely different processor architecture (Bulldozer).

      Zen (the basis for Ryzen and Epyc) is a clean sheet design.

    • by steveha ( 103154 )

      AMD took forever to get Ryzen out, but they really did do a good job with the chips. No games, no tricks, and 50% more instructions per clock. And to specifically answer your question: yes, each core has its own FPU.

      http://www.pcworld.com/article/3176907/components-processors/ryzen-cpus-explained-everything-you-need-to-know-about-amds-disruptive-multicore-chips.html [pcworld.com]

      The most interesting thing about the new Ryzen PRO chips: much more PCI-E lanes. From an article a month ago: "...AMD committed offering all

      • by Anonymous Coward

        > No games, no tricks

        wat? They still have their equivalent of Intel's IME. Until they gut that shit, I'm not buying new hardware with my own money.

        • by steveha ( 103154 )

          They still have their equivalent of Intel's IME. Until they gut that ****, I'm not buying new hardware with my own money.

          According to SemiAccurate, the AMD security stuff is way better than the Intel stuff.

          Why is it better than Intel?

          ...SemiAccurate questioned AMD about the details surrounding SME, SVE, and the PSP. On the PSP front we were similarly impressed with the answers we got. First and foremost is the simple fact that the PSP firmware must be correctly signed to run. Having the hardware that contro

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Full cores, very competitive with Intel parts, and half the price.

      Memory encryption is a killer feature.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      How could you not have heard? Ryzen is good enough that Intel is having a panic attack of sorts. AMD closed the IPC gap significantly, though Ryzen starts at a lower clock speed than the iX series and there's latency in cross CCX communication, but has increased core counts across the board. (Basically, it slightly underperforms in gaming-type tasks, performs well in multi-core tasks.)

      From what I understand, the normal desktop Ryzen didn't worry Intel so much, but when AMD announced Threadripper (16-core

    • Ask and you shall receive?
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=... [youtube.com]

      AMD is back with a new architecture from scratch after the terrible piledriver architecture.

      It's equivalent to an 8 core 16 threaded i7 4790k if one ever existed in gaming and beats the i7 7700k in productivity tasks and matches $2000 i7 6900 series CPUs in both gaming and productivity.

      AMD rehired it's Alpha and AthlonXP CPU designer for Ryzen with it's new design from scratch. Downside are bugs and errata as it's brand new

  • Secure boot and TPM is pretty standard nowdays and this means Ryzens can't be sold with Windows OEM as the license agreement dictates secure boot and TPM keys.

    ROOTkit detection is pretty essential today. So this means only Ryzen Pros offer what Intel has had for years

    • Yay! The guy that knows absolutely nothing about computers or networking or well anything much technical is going to put his two cents in.. Why do you even comment on these threads. I have proven time and time again that you have NFI what you're talking about. How about you go research TPM and Secure boot. And tell me why Windows OEM wont work on the new Ryzen architecture. And then go fuck off to whatever you normally do when you're not spewing nonsense here.

  • That's not what "superset" means... it means quite the opposite, in fact. If Ryzen PRO chips are a superset of Ryzen chips, then all Ryzen chips are Ryzen PRO chips, but not all Ryzen PRO are necessarily Ryzen chips. The intended meaning is the other way around, isn't it? All Ryzen PRO chips are Ryzen chips, but not all Ryzen chips are Ryzen PRO chips, therefore Ryzen chips are a superset of Ryzen PRO chips, or Ryzen PRO chips are a subset of Ryzen chips.

    Alternatively, one could say that the *features* of R

  • Warranty? Quality?
  • Can it run Windows 7 or just Linux, OSX, and Microsoft malware?

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.