AMD Allegedly Showing 12 And 16-Core Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 CPUs To Motherboard Makers

Computex is now right around the corner, which means so is AMD's launch of its upcoming Ryzen 3000 desktop CPU series based on its 7-nanometer Zen 2 architecture. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su has hinted at there being plans to release next-gen Ryzen chips with more than 8 cores and 16 threads, and according to a recent leak on Twitter, it has been showing off 12-core and 16-core Ryzen CPUs to its motherboard partners.

Just a few days ago. frequent leaker and Twitter user APISAK claimed to be in possession of Ryzen 3000 series engineering sample processor with 16 cores (and presumably 32 threads), clocked at 3.3GHz (base) to 4.2GHz (boost), nestled into an X570 motherboard. No other details were provided, but given his track history, there is high confidence that such a chip does actually exist.

Whether the final specs will be the same as the engineering sample, we will have to wait and see. However, one of the recent replies to his Twitter post is from another leaker, Jim at Adored TV, who claims that AMD is demoing both 12-core and 16-core processors to motherboard makers.
"I can't leak the details but AMD have been showing at least two CPUs around the mobo makers. The 16C APISAK found is very likely to be one of the chips they were showing. The other one was 12 cores and really high clock speeds. ;) I don't know if they benched it online though," Jim said.

Through AdoredTV, Jim has been passing along Ryzen 3000 rumors since at least December, which is when he started talking about there being a 16-core Zen 2 CPU in the making. At the time, he thought many of AMD's Ryzen 3000 series parts would be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show, but that did not come to pass.

AMD has confirmed that it plans to at least talk about Zen 2 and Navi at Computex next month, and the expectation is that it will launch the former, and perhaps the latter as well. These next-gen parts will deliver faster clocks, improved IPC (instructions per clock) performance, better power efficiency, and more cores at the top end of the stack.

There will also be a new X570 chipset launching at the same time. MSI has already started teasing its X570 lineup, and we have seen numerous leaks of X570 motherboards, including an extensive lineup from ASUS. The big thing with X570 is that it will bring support for PCIe 4.0, providing more bandwidth for graphics and NVMe drives.

All will become clear in just a few more weeks. Until then, we anticipate more leaks down the home stretch.