AMD Ryzen 16-Core CPU Likely To Surpass Intel HEDT Segment [VIDEO]; See Details

20 March 2017, 7:42 am EDT By Vinay Patel Mobile & Apps

AMD has taken the CPU realm by storm with its Ryzen processors; spearheaded by the Ryzen 7 1800X CPU offering 8C/16T @ 4GHz.

No prizes for guessing, this poses a huge threat to Intel's market since AMD is rendering performance, which is equivalent to, or better than their Core i7-6900K, a processor which comes bearing a steep price tag of $999, while users can get their hands on the Ryzen 7 1800X CPU by shelling out just $499.

As if that weren't enough, there's also hearsay that AMD is gearing up to go toe-to-toe with Intel in the HEDT (high-end desktop) segment, coming out with a newfangled 16C/32T processor that would sell for $1000. If this comes to fruition, AMD would effortlessly surpass Intel's existing flagship Core i7-6950X, which commands a price of $1600+.

Multiple sources suggest AMD will unveil this new Ryzen CPU at Computex, in just about a couple of month's time. Intel, on the other hand, will be launching its next generation X399 chipset and new flagship core i7 processor. The rumor stems from ChipHell forums (via Overclock3D.net).

A completely new platform, according to a post in AnandTech's forum (via WCCFtech), will use the behemoth CPU, which boast six more cores compared to its arch-rival, Intel's flagship desktop CPU, the Core i7-6950x, which comes with just 10 cores, and 20 threads.

Taking recent performance into consideration, and with 16 cores at hand, this CPU could be the best desktop CPU as far as multi-threaded workloads are concerned. The new platform could feature an LGA (Land Grid Array), with the pins in the CPU socket identical to what Intel currently has - contrary to having it on the CPU like we have on Ryzen.

AMD's premium motherboards and current Ryzen 7 CPUs are not spared from flaws. Apparently, they lack quad-channel memory support, which is there on Intel's X99 platform, and this is exactly what the troika of the recently released Ryzen 7 CPUs are competing with.

All this hint at a dedicated HEDT platform, currently dubbed as X399, for AMD CPUs in near future, and the CPU itself is colossal; twice the size of Intel's 10-core Core i7-6950X, to be precise.

While a revised Ryzen or Ryzen 2 processor seems out of question at the moment, the 16C/32T processor seems quite plausible since AMD's impending Naples CPU is likely to have 32C/64T of pure brute performance; with 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes.

In order to take on Intel's $2000+ kit, AMD could employ its Naples platform with an HEDT-like Ryzen release, paired with a 16C/32T processor which will be up for grabs for $999, along with a motherboard for $250-$400.

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