AMD Rumored to Be Making a New 16-Core, 32-Thread Ryzen
Though the Ryzen’s launch has been rather spectacular as it stands, it seems like AMD is not done yet taking the hardware market by storm: rumors have surfaced that Intel’s main competitor is also working on a new beast based on the Zen architecture which will feature 16 cores and 32 threads. On top of that, the new CPU would also have quad-channel DDR4 RAM, giving it even better performance.
Though not quite the monster as the soon-to-launch Naples server CPU — which will feature 32 cores at a price tag of around $4,500 — the new Ryzen would slot nicely in the niche between regular users and servers or workstations. This will likely prove a smart move by AMD, as this group of power users has always had difficulty finding such chips for a decent price. Though they may be small in number, chances are they will positively leap at the chance to shower AMD with cash to get their hands on a processor that fits their needs.
Exact specs for the new processor are at this juncture unknown, but it’s expected to have multiple PCIe lanes for GPUs as well as SSDs to run simultaneously and in great numbers. Other rumored specs may be less heartening: the new CPU would supposedly run at 2.4GHz — 2.8GHZ when overclocked — which is well below what the regular Ryzen chips are capable of generating, though it does fall in line with Intel’s line of similar CPUs.
Though nothing is definite yet, even a hint of a rumor is likely to excite the target audience of serious DIY rig builders. At a price that should fall around $1,000, though, they will probably start saving now just in case the story is true. Either way, we’ll know more in the coming weeks, but it would fall in line with AMD’s sweeping grab at Intel’s market share.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.