AMD Ryzen to enter HEDT market with 16C/32T CPU with quad-channel DDR4 support?

Posted on Sunday, Mar 19 2017 @ 16:04 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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French tech magazine Canard PC Hardware confirms earlier rumors about an upcoming AMD Zen-based processor for the HEDT market. This time the site claims AMD is going to compete with Intel in the high-end desktop (HEDT) market with a new Ryzen model that offers a whopping 16 cores and 32 threads.

This model seems to be a derivative of the Zen server parts, it's described as a multi-chip module (MCM) with two Ryzen 7 dies in a single package. Canard PC claims samples are going around and that they do 2.4GHz/2.8GHz, that they have a TDP of around 150W and support quad-channel DDR4 memory. Presumably, this platform could also offer more PCIe lanes than what's supported by the X370 chipset.

The Ryzen parts for the HEDT market will not be compatible with current motherboards, it's a separate platform just like Intel's Broadwell-E. CanardPC claims these parts will use Socket LGA SP3r2 and will require a motherboard with the X399 chipset (which seems like a weird name for an AMD chipset). We haven't heard about SP3r2 before but we do know the upcoming Naples server part uses the SP3 LGA socket.

I would take the rumor with a grain of salt but CanardPC claims we can expect an announcement or a launch in 4 to 6 months.

CanardPC also claims AMD could attempt to make a 4-die MCM part that offers eight-channel DDR4 memory support, with clockspeeds over 3GHz and a massive 200W TDP.

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