Rome is exciting because it will be the first 7nm high-performance processor in the market, and it makes the 10nm production problems that Intel is having all the more troublesome for the blue-chip giant.
Although we don't know what their clock speeds will be, we do know that the new AMD chips will require quite a lot of power. AMD showcased two models: one featuring 24 CPU cores and 48 threads and another featuring 32 CPU cores and 64 threads.
In addition to Threadripper 2, AMD said a Radeon RX Vega 56 "nano" graphics card designed for Mini-ITX systems is now shipping. We should also mention that the incoming crop of Ryzen Threadripper processors are still compatible with the TR4 socket, which means that they will be able to drop-in to current motherboards without issue (after a quick BIOS update, of course).
AMD's David Wang also announced that the company is striving to produce a new graphics product every year for the next three years, which bodes well for a consumer graphics market that has become somewhat stagnant in terms of recently released high-end graphics cards.
Even if AMD wins now, everything could change later in the year if the rumours about Intel's "Canon Lake" CPUs turn out to be true. But given that Threadripper is a modular design, there was never a reason why AMD couldn't simply slap down real die and activate a 32-core CPU analogous to what they've used for Epyc.
AMD also discussed where its graphics line is going in the future. AMD is now sampling the 7nm Radeon Instinct to select customers, and it'll officially launch for servers and workstations in the second half of the year. There's not much information about the product - only that it's based on a more refined 12nm Zen+ manufacturing process.
At the same time, Tencent announced an SA1 cloud service based on Epyc, and HPE released a new single-socket 1U server that will use an Epyc 7000 chip, and can hold 2TB of memory and 40TB of NVMe storage.
Mini versions of AMD cards have been pretty impressive in the past and this is the first mini card from AMD in the new RX Vega series.