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AMD rumoured to be working on a 16C/32T Ryzen CPU

by Mark Tyson on 20 March 2017, 11:01

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Rumours swirled around the internet this weekend as two distinct sources claimed that AMD is working on Zen-based HEDT (high-end desktop) processors and motherboards. France's Canard PC and China's ChipHell (Via DigiWorthy) both assert that AMD is working on a 16C / 32T quad channel Ryzen CPU. They go on to variously claim that the processor will be accompanied by the launch of AMD's X399 LGA SP3r2 motherboards, and the resulting systems will excel in the productivity tests that Ryzen already shines in.

Canard PC

In a Tweet the French source claims AMD's 16C / 32T HEDT processors are on the way and will be launched in four to six months time. The processors will be constructed from 2x MCM dies and offer clock speeds ranging from around 2.4GHz - 2.8GHz. AMD's new motherboard platform will be called X399 and this will accept the HEDT chips via LGA SP3r2 socket, says Canard PC. Apparently, the platform supports quad-channel DDR4 memory configurations. Expect the processors to come with approx 150W TDPs, we are told.

ChipHell

This Chinese source believes AMD will launch its HEDT platform at Computex or thereabouts. In productivity apps the new platform is reportedly "insanely quick," and interestingly 'gaming issues' causing erratic results in the recent Ryzen AM4 launch will be "ironed out". ChipHell agrees with Canard PC about the chip being rather large and supporting quad-channel memory.

Providing an idea about pricing the ChipHell thread says that AMD's 16C/32T HEDT chips will be near enough half the price of competitive Intel Xeon parts, with a price of $1000 or less for some AMD SKUs.

Please take the above rumours with a pinch of salt, especially as AMD hasn't revealed any high-end desktop processor plans for summer launch, yet it has outlined its Naples server CPUs.

Remember Naples

As a reminder of official AMD processor strategy, the (up to) 32-core Naples enterprise server CPUs were announced earlier this month, ahead of their proposed Q2 2017 launch. Naples provides 'more of everything' compared to Intel Xeon competitors; with up to 64 threads, eight DDR4 memory channels, and 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes.



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Wouldn't Intel have a word to say about AMD calling a chipset X399?
kalniel
Wouldn't Intel have a word to say about AMD calling a chipset X399?

You can't patent numbers :) Also the mainstream is X370, instead of X270… so what? It's one better :D
kalniel
Wouldn't Intel have a word to say about AMD calling a chipset X399?

They haven't said anything about the B350 chipset…. ;)

I know that US trademarking considers numbers insufficiently distinctive to be protectable; perhaps the same applies even if you add a letter to the front.
KrisWragg
You can't patent numbers :) Also the mainstream is X370, instead of X270… so what? It's one better :D

Trademarking I guess rather than patent. There's a slight difference still - X370 vs Z270. X299 is the next HEDT chipset from Intel, but presumably they had plans for a X399 next - perhaps skipping to X499.
KrisWragg
kalniel
Wouldn't Intel have a word to say about AMD calling a chipset X399?

You can't patent numbers :) Also the mainstream is X370, instead of X270… so what? It's one better :D
You can't patent numbers but, you can register a number as a trademark. Car manufacturers have been doing it for a long time, eg Peugeot.