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AMD 16/12-core Ryzen SKU is probably a multi-chip module

by on29 March 2017

Two 8/6-core Ryzen dies stitched together

According to recent rumors, AMD could be preparing its response to Intel's high-end desktop (HEDT) lineup by launching 16- and 12-core desktop processors based on the same Ryzen CPU architecture but on a much larger socket, and according to fresh reports, these could be based on a multi-chip module design with two dies stitched together.

Earlier rumors already suggested that 16-core and 12-core Ryzen SKUs could be using a new socket that has more than 4,000 pins, double the amount of cores and double the amount of PCIe lanes, all of which also explains the fact that this multi-chip module design. To be precise, the chip will come with quad-channel DDR4 memory support and have a total of 58 PCIe gen 3.0 lanes.

In case you missed it, a 12-core Ryzen-based SKU has been already spotted in SiSoft Sandra benchmark and a couple of AMD X399/X390 diagrams have already been leaked online.

The good side of the story is that the core clock should not change significantly and it will most likely end up with a 140W TDP for the 12-core part (which has single disabled core per CCX) and 180W TDP for the 16-core version.

The same report, via, suggests that AMD might unveil its new Ryzen-based behemoths at the Computex show in Taipei this June with the launch scheduled shortly after it.


Last modified on 29 March 2017
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