Recently, we heard rumors about AMD working on a high-end desktop (HEDT) platform built on a new X399 chipset. The platform could feature a consumer-oriented 16-core Ryzen CPU, sitting between AMD’s latest desktop CPU and the upcoming Naples server platform.
Today, more details on the alleged Zen-based processor have surfaced on the web. Reportedly, engineering samples of the 180W 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen currently run at 3.1GHz base and 3.6GHz boost clocks. This should mean the new part would deliver performance levels on par with two Ryzen 7 1700 chips.
The Ryzen chip in question is said to be a cut-down version of Naples-based server SP3 socket called SP3r2. With a new socket and X99 chipset, the 16-core Ryzen will support quad-channel memory, pitting it directly in competition with Intel’s Xeon and deca-core 6950X CPU.
There is nothing official yet, but if the rumors prove true, it’s hard to imagine that AMD is creating a new platform for a single processor. It will likely release some other chips – perhaps 12-core Ryzen or even CPUs with more than 16 cores.
AMD Ryzen CPUs offer an impressive multi-thread performance, but things don’t remain same when it comes to gaming tasks. The performance is less-than-expected, and the main culprit is apparently Ryzen’s separate L3 caches on each CCX.
If the original Chiphell report is to be believed, the 16-core part will utilize a newer revision, which has current issues “ironed out.”
It’s a 16 core / 32 Thread, quad channel behemoth. And it is insanely quick in the tests that Ryzen is already excelling at. So Cinebench, and all other related productivity programs. The gaming issues that were causing the Ryzen AM4 CPUs to behave erratically to say the least have been ironed out. It’s akin to a newer revision on a newer platform.
Only time will tell if the 16-core Ryzen chip is real and does fix problems. But, it would not be specifically aimed at gamers, but at high-end PC users who require more CPU cores for productivity. The processor will give Intel some real competition where it could definitely eat into the latter’s share.