The leaker TUM APISAK has posted technical details about a Ryzen 3000 processor. The engineering sample has 16 cores and 4.2 GHz boost clock.
Ryzen 3000: 16 cores after all
AMD is about to release the new Ryzen 3000 processors. They continue to rely on the AM4 socket, but due to the 7nm structure width they come with significantly more cores. A package shown by Lisa Su features two chiplets. One, like in Epyc 2, serves as a management chip that controls things like memory and I/O, while the second chip contains the processor cores. In the shown package there is still space for a second chip underneath. Since eight cores are possible per chiplet, AMD can install up to 16 cores in Ryzen 3000 processors. Lisa Su confirmed this in part after the event. In concrete terms, however, she only said that “more than eight cores” are planned. Up to now, benchmarks have only been available from twelve-core parts, while 16-core processors have been appearing in online shops over and over again. Therefore, some still doubt that AMD actually uses 16 cores in Ryzen. The very well informed Thai TUM APISAK has now posted technical data for an engineering sample.
16 cores, 3.3 GHz base and 4.2 GHz boost clock for Ryzen 3000 CPUs
Specifically, the leak is technical data posted by TUM APISAK. He knows of a Zen 2 Engineering Sample (ES) that runs with 16 cores on an X570 mainboard. The base clock is 3.3 GHz, the boost clock 4.2 GHz. At the bottom of the post the leaker has added the sentence “Screenshots can be uploaded later” in Thai. A corresponding confirmation should therefore not be long in coming.
The mentioned processor is still an engineering sample. These processors are issued in advance to other manufacturers for testing and developing their own hardware and are not yet finally specified. The clock rates are still rather low considering other leaks. Another Twitter user notes, however, that one of the first leaked engineering samples of the first Ryzen generation only ran with 2.8 GHz base and 3.2 GHz boost clock. However, the Ryzen 7 1800X was the final product with 3.6 GHz base clock and 4.0 GHz boost clock, achieving significantly higher values. Accordingly, significantly higher clock rates might also be possible with the final Ryzen 3000 products. Future leaks and not least the AMD show, which is likely to take place at Computex 2019, will bring more accurate data to light.