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Possible Engineering Sample Zen+ AMD Threadripper Appears in SiSoftware Results

Category: CPU's
Posted: 06:50AM

If you have found the recently released AMD Ryzen 2000 series CPUs interesting but want more cores and threads to throw at your workloads, we may have just gotten a glimpse of the upcoming Threadripper refresh. Someone spotted over in the SiSoftware database what appear to be the results of an engineering sample for a new 16 core/32 thread part from AMD, which would be the replacement for the Threadripper 1950X. Of course this should be treated as a rumor, and even if it is accurate, engineering samples can differ from the final product, but it does show some interesting specs.

According to the data shown, this CPU had a base clock speed of 3.89 GHz and was using just 116.7 W of power for the multi-core efficiency benchmark. The 1950X has a base clock of 3.4 GHz and boosts to 3.7 GHz, though many users (including myself) have been able to successfully get it up to 4.0 GHz. Perhaps Zen+ will allow it to go even higher. For comparison, Intel's current i9-7960X, another 16 core/32 thread CPU has a base speed of 2.8 GHz but can boost to 4.40 GHz using Turbo Boost Max 3.0.

I have been thoroughly enjoying the power of my 1950X since I got it, and so I doubt I will feel the need to upgrade to this refresh, but I will admit I am very interested in what Precision Boost 2 will do with the 16 cores on two dies. Precision Boost 2 is the technology in the Ryzen 2000 CPUs some reviewers are touting as the reason you do not need to or want to manually overclock the processors. Manually overclocking all of the cores will leave some single-threaded performance untapped, according to their tests, and it will bring up the speed of all cores pretty well too. Applying this across two dies and 16 cores could make for an interesting beast of a processor. (I am still not considering upgrade, but I am now wondering what the price will be for a potential Threadripper 2950X, since the Ryzen 7 2700X was priced below the Ryzen 7 1700X at their respective launches. Of course the $1000 mark for the 1950X is still a great value, so the same price for better performance will be even better.)

Source: SiSoftware

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