Lenovo, HP, and Dell embrace AMD Ryzen Pro CPUs

We wrote about AMD's Pro versions of the its Ryzen desktop processors just over a month ago. The business-focused versions of Ryzen have now arrived, and AMD is shouting from the rooftops about design wins with some high-profile manufacturing partners. The Ryzen Pro chips share the Zen architecture with the everyday Ryzen chips mainstream desktop users have come to know and love over the past few months, but add in security and management features like AMD's GuardMI and SenseMI technologies.

Business-ready desktops with Ryzen Pro CPUs inside are expected to roll out in the next few weeks, and Dell's Optiplex 5055, HP's EliteDesk 705, and Lenovo's ThinkCentre M715 will lead the charge. Lenovo will also start shipments of ThinkPad A475 and A275 notebook PCs before the end of this year. The ThinkPad notebooks in Lenovo's AMD lineup will use Bristol Ridge APUs, not Ryzen Mobile parts. Machines with AMD's latest cores inside will likely have to wait for the projected Pro APU release in the first half of 2018.

Lenovo is the first of AMD's manufacturing partners to offer any specific product details. The base ThinkCentre M715 comes with an AMD Ryzen 3 Pro 1200 CPU, 4 GB of 2400 MT/s DDR4 memory, Nvidia GeForce GT 730 graphics, and a 500 GB hard drive rings in at $599. Ryzen 5 Pro and Ryzen 7 Pro CPUs are available for an additional charge, as are memory and storage upgrades.

Outside of their special platform features, Ryzen Pro processors echo the stratification of the normal desktop models for the most part, starting with the four-core, four-thread Ryzen Pro 1200 and culminating in the eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen Pro 1700X. Clock speeds differ a bit here and there, and the top-end Ryzen 7 1800X isn't part of the Ryzen Pro line at all.

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    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    I wonder how much of a particular PC manufacturer’s total shipments actually contain AMD Proprocessors.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Ryzen Proproproproprocessors.

    • kalelovil
    • 2 years ago

    “the Ryzen 7-series-topping 1800 and 1800X models aren’t part of the Ryzen Pro line.”

    AFAIK there is no Ryzen 7 1800 model.

    • ludi
    • 2 years ago

    Help me out, what are the benefits of encrypted DRAM? If someone has board-level access to your hardware, aren’t you kind of in trouble already?

      • NTMBK
      • 2 years ago

      I think it’s meant to prevent meddling from hosted VMs if they are compromised. Each VM gets a different encryption key.

        • ludi
        • 2 years ago

        Okay, that make sense.

        • jensend
        • 2 years ago

        It should also make Rowhammer type attacks much less practical.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      The main benefit is if you’re using your PC and someone unknowingly opens your case and steals your DIMMs and plugs them into another PC, they cannot retrieve your data no matter how they try. It’s really amazing how they came up with this technology.

        • NTMBK
        • 2 years ago

        You jest, but Epyc does support NVDIMMs…

          • just brew it!
          • 2 years ago

          You would also be surprised at how long traces of the most recently stored data remain after power is removed, even for standard DRAM. While an appreciable percentage of the bits flip fairly quickly after DRAM refresh is stopped, traces of the data remain for longer than you might expect. A recognizable (albeit rather noisy) image can still be discerned if a DRAM-based frame buffer has been powered off for multiple seconds, for example.

    • AMDisDEC
    • 2 years ago

    I’m going to have a VERY good Christmas.

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      Yes, but what does this story have to do with your holiday liquor drinking habits?

        • albundy
        • 2 years ago

        i’m not judging, but these brands a poor choice of liquor.

        • AMDisDEC
        • 2 years ago

        I won’t have to drink that bathtub gin. Have me eye on Ron Enio Flora De Cana 25 yo Rum.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      My AMD FX is still running very well and it’s helped me have a good Christmas five times in a row now.

        • AMDisDEC
        • 2 years ago

        I’m forecasting Dr. Su will pull a Floyd Mayweather and hit 15/share by December.

        • just brew it!
        • 2 years ago

        Put off CPU upgrade for another year == more money left for booze? 😉

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