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AMD Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Special Edition Ryzen CPU

By April 29, 2019 5 Comments
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 50th Anniversary CPU with laser etched signature of Lisa Su

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 50th Anniversary CPU with laser etched signature of Lisa SuAMD (or Advanced Micro Devices) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and that means it joins the prestigious ranks of IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and their longtime rival Intel as one of the oldest tech companies still going strong in the PC space.

To celebrate, AMD has released a limited edition of their popular CPU, the Ryzen 7 2700X 50th Anniversary Gold Edition. The chip’s specs are unaltered from a 2nd Gen Ryzen 7 2700X, meaning 8-Cores and a clock speed of 3.7 GHz, and 4.3 GHz Max Boost. What does set the CPU apart is the bit of added flair, including AMD’s CEO Lisa Su’s signature on the integrated heatspreader of the CPU, an included sticker with her signature, and a coupon for a special 50th anniversary shirt.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 50th Anniversary CPU with laser etched signature of Lisa Su

There will be two thousand of these units available, so pick yours up quickly if you want to celebrate CPU history alongside AMD.

AMD History

And speaking of history, here are a few highlights from AMD’s five decade long career as a CPU manufacturer:

1969: Advanced Micro Devices is founded by Jerry Sanders, a former electrical engineer and director of marketing for Fairchild Semiconductors.

1970: AMD begins selling its first product, a 4-bit MSI shift register called the Am9300.

1972: AMD’s stock goes public on the NYSE.

1982: AMD partners with Intel to manufacture 8086 and 8088 processors.

1993: AMD introduces the very successful Am486 processor.

2006: AMD acquires ATI Technologies for approximately $5.4 billion.

2017: AMD releases the Zen architecture for x86-64 based Ryzen series CPUs and APUs. They’re very good chips, and quite popular, and you can pick up an AMD Ryzen CPU right now!

Fifty years is an eternity in the PC hardware space, where speed is the most important thing, and even a hint of stagnation can be deadly. AMD has had its ups and downs over the decades, but they’ve proven time and time again to be an innovative and ambitious company. That forward thinking mentality has brought them continued success, and there’s every sign of that success continuing into 2020 and beyond.

Congratulations on fifty years AMD! Here’s to fifty more.

Leo Parrill

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Join the discussion 5 Comments

  • Logan says:

    I think something like this was needed for a long time. I’m glad to see Ryzen taking this step forward. It is very exciting and makes me want to join the 50th anniversary club. Great work AMD!

  • Adrian says:

    You missed a couple of milestones, like them creating the first consumer supercomputing chip (first 1ghz CPU), for example.

  • STEVE says:

    AMD should start “thinking outside the box”!! Approach CPU building from different angles and not just the way CPUs have been done.
    IF U CONTINUE TO DO THE SAME WAY U WILL GET THE SAME RESULTS STOP WITH THE COMING IN AS #2 MENTALITY AND KICK YOUR GAME UP A NOTCH. PLAY WITH THE BIG BOYS THEN WEAR YOUR BIG BOY PANTS AND GIVE US TOP NOTCH PRODUCTS AND STOP PLAYING AROUND, I WOULD LIKE TO GO BACK USING AMD PRODUCTS!!!

  • Pablo Garcia says:

    I Want it !!! i Want a Poster of all CPU and Lisa Su

  • Michael says:

    Kick it up a notch? They are blowing intel away with pricing durability and speed. have you looked at the Threadripper? AMD has always been my choice for builds, best bang for the buck! I have been building since 1997 and I have only built a couple of intel custom builds, most of my refurbs are intel chips because when someone gets an AMD they use them till they are obsolete, where as Intel fan boys are always upgrading which leaves the carcasses all over the place to refurb. nothing wrong with intel products but the price and the obsolescence factor.

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