AMD Ryzen 16-Core, 12-Core Variants To Have Multiple Chip Module Design, Intel HEDT Chips In Danger?

Mar 30, 2017 05:30 AM EDT | Mer Estrada

AMD is currently working on 16-core and 12-core Ryzen processors as a response to Intel's HEDT chips. Aside from a few benchmark spottings, a recent report sheds some light on their design and capability.

Both chips will reportedly have a multi-chip module design, which is in line with a previous claim that it will use a larger socket. It was revealed previously that both 16-core and 12-core Ryzen chips will use a socket with 4,000 pins, Fudzilla reported. There will be twice the amount of cores as well as 58 PCIe lanes.

The AMD Ryzen 16-core variant will be two 8-core CPUs stitched together while the 8-core variant will be two 6-core CPUs. It is unknown so far how these will perform when they are out in the market, but a SiSoft Sandra benchmark test already revealed how the 12-core variant might fare against competitors. And it's safe to say that it will do well against high-end models.

Other information revealed so far about the chips include support for a quad-channel DDR4 memory, which, at present, is the most efficient and fastest memory. This will allow AMD to face Intel directly at the top of the computing industry.

SegmentNext also reports that that the AMD Ryzen chips' frequencies will not increase along with the clocks speeds. The 16-core model will have 180W TDP while the 12-core variant will have 140W TDP, which was noted to have a single disabled core per CCX.

The specs look promising, as fans expected no less from AMD Ryzen. The lineup is pretty competitive and is proving to be some of the today's best CPUs yet. With the recently launched and upcoming processors, AMD may have found an Intel killer in Ryzen.

The AMD Ryzen 16-core and 12-core CPUs are expected to be formally unveiled at Computex in Taipei in June. The launch will then follow shortly after.

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