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Taiwanese motherboard makers optimistic about AMD Ryzen

Information pertaining to AMD Ryzen has raised plenty of hopes among PC enthusiasts. The initial official unveiling provided enough information for people to get their teeth into and believe in a return to the glory days of AMD CPUs. More recently AMD released some easy to digest bite-sized videos, highlighting all the positive reasons you might be interested in a new AMD processor. Then yesterday we saw a brief first review, with benchmarks, of a Ryzen engineering sample processor.

Now it seems like it’s not just PC enthusiasts who can’t wait for AMD Ryzen to arrive. PC motherboard makers in Taiwan are eagerly awaiting the global mass market availability of Ryzen too, according to a recent report by DigiTimes. The manufacturers are “optimistic about its high price/performance ratio…[and] have been rather aggressive about placing orders,” for motherboard components, say the sources.

Motherboard design and testing operations are reportedly in the final stages and motherboard makers have a range of products with high-end X370, mainstream B350 and entry-level A320 chipsets from AMD, plus ASMedia I/O controllers.

AMD GPU optimism

Alongside the positive sentiment for upcoming Ryzen products DigiTimes notes overall optimism with regard to the AMD GPU business. AMD Polaris is making an impact and with “strong demand” seen. The industry sources think that AMD can maintain its GPU market momentum with increased shipments of its graphics cards thanks to the impending Vega GPUs.

Only yesterday AMD published what might be the first stroke of its Vega GPU marketing campaign. The official Radeon RX Twitter account published an image with the strap line “New Year – New Architecture,” as you can see above.


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