AMD Coming Up with Consumer-Oriented 16-Core / 32-Thread Ryzen CPU for HEDT

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 03/20/17 05:05AM EDT

AMD is reportedly planning to release a 16-core, 32-thread processor capable of powering high-end desktop platform (HEDT) which is almost comparable to servers when it comes to performance. The said project will support quad-channel DDR4 memory, and lies somewhere between AMD Ryzen Summit Ridge series and the upcoming Naples architecture platforms.

The information came from a Chinese website forum and was translated by, which directly stated that AMD might possibly announce the information about this 16-core, 32-thread processor at Computex Taipei. The said event will take place this coming May 2017.

Though this information surface just recently, there are more revealing stories behind it. This 16-core, 32-thread processor with quad-channel DDR4 memory support is said to be tagged at a price no higher than US$1,000 and as earlier revealed, will become the brains of HEDT. AMD is reportedly coming up with its HEDT version within the next 4 to 6 months.

This aid 16-core, 32-thread processor with quad-channel DDR4 memory support is said to be in direct competition with Intel's Xeon and 6950X which is tagged at about US$1,700 to US$1,800. As for its physical description, the said AMD processor is reportedly twice the size of the current Intel 6950X processor and like Xeon, it is LGA, and is not designed for an 8-channel, but rather Quad.

What's more is that the comparison for this still unnamed 16-core, 32-thread processor are the top processors from Intel's Skylake Family processors and the Kaby Lake series which was introduced early this year. It is also good to note that these two processors carry the X299 chipset.

So how does this unnamed 16-core, 32-thread processor sit within AMD's CPU Family? As reported by, the Summit Ridge targets mainstream market and is powered by Zen architecture based on 8-core backbone. On the other hand, Naples is the codename given to this AMD server platform processor powered by 32-core, 64-thread based on Zen with 8-Channel Memory, 128 PCIe lanes.

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