AMD says it will launch the first Zen 3 CPUs later this year, as well as its highly anticipated RDNA 2 GPUs. Zen 2 has proved a winner for AMD so it will be interesting to see the advancements delivered in Zen 3 with its codename Vermeer processors, when they arrive. While we wait patiently, Germany's Igor Wallossek has some tantalising information from his sources to share with regard to a next gen AMD processor with 16C/32T.
Wallossek has shared an OPN code for an unannounced AMD processor as follows: '100-000000059-52_48/35_Y'. Analysis of the code, and taking into account some prior leaks, indicates that the processor has the following qualities:
- Zen 3 Vermeer architecture
- 16 cores, 32 threads
- Base clock of 3.5GHz
- Boost clock of 4.8GHz
Moreover, this is claimed to be an Engineering Sample, which typically would be set up with more sedate base/boost clocks than the final shipping version of the processor.
As for the name - our headline says 'AMD Ryzen 9 4950X' but we can't be certain AMD will use the 4000 series for these Vermeer parts, it might be better to call this processor the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, even though it is the successor to the Ryzen 9 3950X - to bump the series number and avoid previous gen architecture APU comparison confusion.
Intel has been struggling in keeping up with the process advancements that TSMC et al offer AMD, but it has always managed to stay ahead in the MHz race (against Zen) and that is still important in a wide range of PC games.
Lastly, it is important to take Igor's analysis with a pinch of salt as though the information from his sources is taken in good faith, these codenames he has unearthed might not end up being final shipping processors.