AMD took the lid off its 3rd Gen Ryzen processors this morning, highlighting a 15% improvement in IPC over the Zen+ architecture. The Zen 2 CPUs feature higher clocks than their predecessors and do it while reducing the TDP, thanks to the efficient 7nm process. However, contrary to expectations, the core counts remain unchanged, with the highest end Ryzen 9 3900X featuring 12 cores and 24 threads. However, a 16 core AMD chip has once again been spotted, indicating that AMD might just be prepping the 3rd Generation Threadripper CPUs for launch next year.

3rd Gen Threadripper

The benchmark of the 16 core chip comes hours after the release of the Zen 2 based Ryzen 3000 and Epyc lineups. With 32 threads and clocked (OC?) at 4.2GHz, this monster eats whatever you throw at it, being more than 3 times faster than the Intel Xeon X5650, twice as fast as the Ryzen 7 2700X and 2.5 times more powerful than the first Gen Ryzen 7 1700X. The CPU was tested at a voltage of 1.428 to 1.572V, meaning that it was probably overclocked.

3rd Gen Threadripper

This is the same chip that TUM_APISAK shared on Twitter a few days back. It’s unclear whether it’ll be part of the mainstream Ryzen lineup or be a Threadripper part. Dr. Lisa Su confirmed this morning that the Threadripper brand wasn’t going anywhere and that we’ll be seeing Zen 2 based TR chips soon.

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