AMD’s upcoming 16 core enthusiast Ryzen “Whitehaven” CPUs for the high-end X399 desktop platform have been spotted. The new processors will come in variations of up to 16 cores and 32 threads and will support quad-channel DDR4 memory.
The first CPU of the new enthusiast Ryzen family was spotted several weeks back, today two additional chips have surfaced. Both engineering samples feature 16 cores and 32 threads and feature a boost clock speed of 3.6GHz and a base clock speed of 3.0GHz. They’ve been designated the 2D3101A8UGAF4_36/31_N & 1D3101A8UGAF3_36/31_N device IDs
This leaks comes courtesy of VCZ who spotted the new AMD Ryzen engineering samples.
The upcoming family of enthusiast Ryzen CPUs will launch on AMD’s new S3 platform. The new HEDT — high-end desktop — platform will include support for quad-channel DDR4 memory support, more PCIe lanes and more storage compared to AM4. It will compete directly with Intel’s upcoming HEDT Skylake X CPUs and the X299 platform.
The new chips are significantly larger than the current Ryzen lineup and will not be compatible with AM4 due to this fact. It’s still unclear what the new socket will be named but we do know it’s going to be LGA, rather than PGA. In other words, the pins will be on the socket rather than the CPUs.
The new family of CPUs will feature a variety of core and thread counts. 16 cores and 32 threads is the maximum, but other configurations with 12 cores also exist. There have been rumors than 10 and 14 core SKUs will also be released, but we have not seen any such engineering samples yet.
AMD’s new enthusiast desktop CPU platform will reportedly be showcased at CES. According to sources int eh upstream supply chain, the S3 platform will launch alongside AMD’s 32 core Naples processors in the middle of the year.