Computex: AMD unveils 16-core Ryzen 9 1998X 'Threadripper' and X399 platform

AMD's new 16-core Ryzen 9 series 1998X CPU is all set to take on Intel's 18-core Core i9 in high-end desktops.

As promised Asus revealed ROG Strix GL702ZC, the world's first Ryzen laptop, at Computex in Taipei.

ASUS was showing off its GL702ZC laptop which features a Ryzen 7 1700 8-core CPU and RX 580 GPU, in addition to a Freesync 2.0 display.

ThreadRipper has about twice the power of its Ryzen 7 CPUs, which are powering several new Windows desktops from Acer, Asus, Dell, and Lenovo. AMD brings their A-game to Computex, and for a good reason: as a PC focused show, it gives them great exposure, but it also allows them to promote their OEM relationships, the latter of which are crucial to AMD's survival as the CPU underdog.

AMD officials also showed off the company's upcoming Ryzen-based mobile chip in what looked like a reference convertible laptop.

The event started off with warm handshakes and a love for PC gaming, with a number of announcements from AMD's partners regarding upcoming product releases centered around the Ryzen launch and RX 580 graphics.

Ryzen Threadripper, the HEDT processor series with up to 16 cores/32 threads that was announced at FAD, was shown off as well, with the chip being held up for everyone to see, running a Blender demo, and was combined with four Vega Frontier Edition cards and two RX Vega gaming GPUs. The tech company stated that the first EPYC processor-based servers will launch on June 20 and will get enormous support from original equipment manufacturers and channel partners. AMD displayed the processors, which will debut in the summer of this year, for the first time. Those waiting for Threadripper to make an appearance, though, still have a while to wait: despite showcasing the processor's capabilities in a system running Bethesda's Prey in Ultra HD 4K - aided by a pair of Radeon Vega GPUs running in Crossfire mode - the company had no firm launch date to announce, bar the promise that the chips would be arriving 'summer 2017'.

When it does launch, there will be X399 chipset motherboards from ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte and MSI available. The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics chip debuts on June 27.

AMD's Lisa Su specifically said "end of July" for the RX Vega reveal and launch, so that'll presumably happen on one of the July days rather than August. Ryzen Mobile laptops for consumers are expected to launch before the end of 2017, while models for corporate and enterprise customers will come out in the first half of 2018.