Having made a strong case for itself in the worldwide desktop market, AMD’s Ryzen CPU lineup is reportedly prepping to expand to higher-end sects of the market. While MobiPicker can not independently verify these reports, rumors are that AMD has prepared more powerful 12 core and 16 core variants of Ryzen to wage an all out war against Intel which currently remains unchallenged in the said categories.
Turkish tech portal DonanimHaber recently released a video that shows off a secret AMD 16/12 core variant’s design and specs.
AMD’s original approach has been pretty straightforward and includes two eight-core die together through the MCM multi-chip package, yielding in 16 core and 32MB of L3 cache. As for 12 core in individual CCX modules in a shield, the 3+3+3+3 approach has been the way to go.
As of today, B2 variant of the engineering sample phase of 16-core Ryzen CPU sports a reference frequency of 3.3/3.4 GHz with a boost frequency of 3.7 GHz. The retail variants of the same might as well expect something in the line of 3.6 GHz and 4.0 GHz, much akin to the Ryzen 7 1800X.
There is a catch, though. The power consumption is somewhat high at 180W for 16 cores and 120W for 12 cores.
As for the performance, the 16-core chip nailed a CineBench R15 multi-threaded score of 2500 points. 16/12 core Ryzen chips are likely to make it to the Taipei Computer Show in June 2017 which will perhaps be shortly followed by its consumer availability. The new lineup could be named Ryzen 9 — although, that’s entirely speculative.