The latest rumor is from (yet again) coming from WCCFTech so please take it with a grain of salt, that AMD will make an AM4 socket which detects CPUs with more than 8 cores, Some voices even saying 12- and 16-core CPUs. WCCFTech mentioned “according to private conversations we’ve had with incredibly knowledgeable people in the industry the actual core count figure might be closer to 12 cores” and not the 16C/32T that we’re hearing with the latest rumors.
What to expect?
Ryzen 7 3700/X or Ryzen 7 3800/X with 12C/24T at over 4GHz would be quite amazing. Having that type of power at the top of the Ryzen 7 mainstream lineup opens the floodgates to Threadripper performance, which takes 20C/40T, 24C/48T, and even 32C/64T which will meet EPYC.
EPYC can be opened up further with next-gen nodes and Zen architectures, where we will see beyond 32C/64T which will be very impressive, time will tell though.
AMD is expected to unveil the Ryzen 3000 series in 2019 with the new Zen 2 processor on 7nm with AMD saying the design on Zen 2 is complete, and that there are improvements on the original Zen architecture in “multiple dimensions“.
Nice touch, AMD. Expect the rumors to solidify later this year, before we begin getting full confirmation after CES 2019 (Tuesday, 8 January 2019 – Friday, 11 January).
Personally, I’d rather see a 7nm two CCX (8c) APU be first to the market. It’d be a nice way to test Zen2 design and it’s still plenty of threads, even for the upper market segment. If Navi isn’t ready yet they can always use Vega which I heard is getting ported to 7nm anyways. And it’d make dual graphics drivers easier since it’d be compatible with Ryzen 2000g family graphics. If they up the memory frequency to 3600 that means there could be something like 16CU of graphics, which is pretty nice.