A rumor has originated from Overclockers, claiming that AMD is working on a beast-of-a-processor for the enthusiast consumer section of the market. The processor will be a 16 Core, 32 thread one based in their Zen architecture.
Public knowledge by now but AMD has a new HEDT platform coming out in a couple of months. You’ll see more of it at Computex I believe. It’s a 16 core /32 Thread, quad channel behemoth. And it is insanely quick in the tests that Ryzen is already excelling at. So Cinebench, and all other related productivity programs. The gaming issues that were causing the Ryzen AM4 CPUs to behave erratically to say the least have been ironed out. It’s akin to a newer revision on a newer platform. This should be competing with the Xeon and of course 6950X Intel offers for $1700~$1800USD, but at about $1,000 USD if not less for some Skews. Coming soon.
CPSs are pretty big physically, about twice the size of current 6950X CPUs and a bit more perhaps. And if you were hoping for pins, nope it’s strictly LGA! It’s NOT 8 channel, but Quad.
Will be a splendid competition between X299 and this AMD platform. Skylake-X is pretty good, not revolutionary but a meaningful step up in IPC and the clocks are pretty high as well. If Intel will have a 32 core part to compete on X299 remains to be seen, but the HEDT platform is going to change quite a bit in the next 4 to 6 months?
With AMD Ryzen showing off its massively efficient and powerful architecture backing, and the recent spotting of the Naples server chips, the possibly upcoming consumer grade chip is half of the cores of the Naples chips 32 cores.
AMD has neither confirmed nor denied a new processor chip in the making other than the server grade Naples and the AM4. But, these chips seem to be on the opposite spectrum from consumer grade to extreme server grade chips and a 16 core chip may be something that fills in the market gap between the two.