Will we ever see another Ryzen Threadripper processor out of AMD? The answer is a resounding 'yes', and a new benchmark database entry may provide a first look at the specs of one of the presumably lower end versions of the upcoming Threadripper 3000 series. At a glance, the entry certain looks plausible, at the very least.
It should be pointed out that AMD has already confirmed it plans on releasing another generation of Threadripper CPUs. This was not always obvious—one of AMD's more recent roadmap slides had omitted the Threadripper entry that had appeared on previous roadmap slides. However, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su said in no uncertain terms we will "definitely see more" Threadripper products.
"If mainstream is moving up, then Threadripper will have to move up, up—and that's what we're working on," Dr. Su added.
How far "up" will Threadripper go? Well, that remains to be seen. Notorious leaker and Twitter user APISAK spotted a possible Threadripper CPU in UserBenchmark's database, but while plausible, the specs are not eye-popping. The database entry points to a chip with 16 physical cores and 32 threads. It also lists the base clock at 3.6GHz and the average turbo clock at 4.05GHz..
Here's how the specs stack up to previous generation Threadripper parts, as well as to the recently introduced Ryzen 9 3950X...
- Threadripper 3000: 16 cores / 32 threads, 3.6GHz to 4GHz
- Threadripper 2950X: 16 cores / 32 threads, 3.5GHz to 4.4GHz, 32MB L3 cache, DDR4-2933 support
- Threadripper 1950X: 16 cores / 32 threads, 3.4GHz to 4.0GHz, 32MB L3 cache, DDR4-2667 support
- Ryzen 9 3950X: 16 cores / 32 threads, 3.5GHz to 4.7GHz, 64MB L3 cache, DDR4-3200 support
We know that any new Threadripper processors will be based on AMD's latest Zen 2 CPU architecture. Where things get interesting is with the introduction of the Ryzen 9 3950X. It's a beastly part with 16 cores and 32 threads, twice as much cache as the second-gen Threadripper 2950X, and support for things like PCI Express 4.0.
If AMD releases another 16-core Threadripper model, it will have to bring something worthwhile to the table to stand out from the Ryzen 9 3950X. The part that showed up in UserBenchmark is not that impressive from a clockspeed perspective. However, it's performance is around 11 percent faster than the Threadripper 2950X in singe-core and quad-core testing, and around 18 percent faster in multi-core testing.
Assuming the chip is real, it is an engineering sample, which means that the final specs could change. Depending on how things shake out, though, it will be interesting to see if it can put enough separation between itself and the Ryzen 9 3950X to be a worthwhile SKU.