AMD appears to be working on a new Threadripper 5000 series processor, but a new rumor suggests that the company could be moving back to 16 cores.
Usually, a 16-core CPU would be considered extremely powerful and high-end, but recently AMD has been shipping Threadripper processors with 24, 32 and even 64 cores.
Meanwhile, more mainstream processors, such as the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, now come with 16 cores, so this news â€“ if true â€“ may disappoint people who are hoping for a new Threadripper announcement boasting even more cores.
The new rumor comes courtesy of a cryptic tweet by Yuri ‘1USMUS’ Bubliy, who developed the Clock Tuner for Ryzen tool, which you can see below:
I think some of you will want to solve this riddle.47454e4553495320313620434f524553January 1, 2021
What does it mean?
The riddle is a HEX code, which when translated to plain English, says â€œGenesis 16 Coresâ€�. Genesis Peak is the codename of the Zen 3 Threadripper series, which will be powered using the same architecture to AMDâ€™s Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 series of processors.
So, it seems Bubliy is referring to a 16-core Zen 3 Threadripper processor. While the original Threadripper came with 16 cores, with the Zen 2 generation, AMD skipped 16 cores.
Threadripper processors are high-end desktop (HEDT) components that are aimed at serious enthusiasts and content creators, so the idea that a new Threadripper will come with the same core count as a mainstream CPU could dilute the â€˜premiumâ€™ image of the product line. However, it appears that the new Threadripper, which could be called the Threadripper 5950X, according to rumors, will still have a performance advantage over the 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X, thanks to rumored quad-channel RAM and extra PCIe lanes.
AMD returning to 16-core Threadrippers isnâ€™t bad news either. Just because the new rumor suggests a 16-core CPU, it doesnâ€™t mean AMD isnâ€™t also working on Threadrippers with more cores. By offering a 16-core version, it would mean thereâ€™s a more affordable model for people who donâ€™t need the extreme core count higher-end models offer.
Finally, this is all rumor and speculation at the moment, so this should all be taken with a grain of salt. With CES 2021 starting in a matter of days, if AMD is planning on revealing its new lineup of Threadripper CPUs, we may not have long to wait.
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