With Computex right around the corner (May 30 – June 3), leaks of what could be announced during the show are hitting the web hard. That includes a Ryzen update that caters to the most hardcore enthusiasts – those able to take advantage of more cores than the 8-core Ryzen 7 SKUs offer.
The folks at WCCFTech report that Ryzen 9 parts are en route, and so far, the lineup will include an appropriate total of 9 models. These models (as pictured below) will start with 10 core / 20 thread parts (125W) and peak with 16 core / 32 thread parts (155W).
Considering just how fast Ryzen 7 can be in myriad workstation scenarios, the idea of a Ryzen 9 1998X with twice the number of threads as the Ryzen 7 1800X is downright exciting. Almost too good to be true, even (and perhaps it is – this is all rumor at this point).
What’s truly interesting about this leak is that these many-core parts do not have the caveat that Intel’s biggest core count parts do: a modest clock speed. Instead, the top-end 1998X is shown to enjoy a clock speed of 3.5GHz, and boost to 3.9GHz. That kind of overall horsepower is extreme, and there’s no other way to look at it: a launch like this could leave Intel dumbfounded. If the R7 1800X keeps close to the Core i7-6900K, then a chip like the 1998X could blow right past Intel’s 10-core i7-6950X – outside of IPC / single-threaded performance, at least.
This rumor comes hot on the heels of another that touts the potential of Intel releasing, for the first time ever, Core i9 chips. These would fall under the Skylake-X architecture, and is currently said to top out with a 12-core (24 thread) part.
Is it just us, or are CPUs becoming fun again?