AMD Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 Engineering Sample Spotted With 16 Cores And 4.2GHz Boost

It's getting close to that time folks; AMD is just months away from launching its new Zen 2-based CPUs which are built on the 7nm process node. The first of these chips that will make their way to the market will be from the Ryzen 3000 family of consumer desktop processors.

Up until this point, it's been confirmed that Ryzen 3000 processors would be available with up to 8 cores, and AMD CEO Lisa Su hinted that we'd see Ryzen processors with a greater number of cores available. We’ve seen some early engineering samples kicking around with 12 cores, and now we're getting additional evidence that 16-core Ryzen 3000 processors will be available.

This fresh information comes courtesy of reliable hardware leaker TUM_APISAK who has been able to confirm the existence of a Ryzen 3000-class processor with 16 physical cores, which means that it will be able to execute 32 threads. Such [accessible] raw horsepower has in the past been reserved for AMD's Ryzen Threadripper family of HEDT processors.

Other items of note include that this particular 16-core chip is rocking a base clock of 3.3GHz along with a boost clock of 4.2GHz. For reference, AMD's second-generation Ryzen Threadripper 2950X (Zen+) has a base clock of 3.5GHz and a boost clock of 4.4GHz along with a TDP of 180 watts. We don't have a TDP for this unnamed Ryzen 3000 processor, but we'd hope that it would be closer to 100 watts at 7nm.

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And as you might expect, the processor was running on an unreleased AMD X570-based motherboard. X570 motherboards will primarily be distinguished from their X470 predecessors by unique optimizations for Zen 2 processors and support for PCIe 4.0.

With this new information regarding 16-core consumer Zen 2-based processors on the horizon, we're aren't too broken up about the fact that third-generation Ryzen 3000 processor have been removed from AMD's 2019 CPU roadmap.