Towards the end of this year, AMD will bring Ryzen 4000 series desktop processors (Vermeer) to the market – they will move to the very promising Zen 3 architecture and use the more advanced 7nm + process technology, but at the same time they will retain the AM4 performance and 16 cores in the maximum configuration … Tests of engineering samples of these CPUs have appeared on the Web more than once, but now a fresh entry has appeared, which, presumably, refers to the future 16-core flagship Ryzen 9 4950X.
The source of the information is Igor Vallosek, the editor-in-chief of the Igor’s Lab web publication, so there is no doubt about their reliability. He announced an engineering sample of a new generation 16-core CPU, which has catalog number 100-000000059-52_48 / 35_Y. As you know, the last four digits in alphanumeric indices reflect the operating frequencies. That is, this CPU runs at 3.5-4.8 GHz. For comparison, the current Ryzen 9 3950X runs at 3.5-4.7 GHz, with Vermeer’s earlier 16-core samples running at 3.7 to 4.6 GHz. Typically, the operating frequencies of serial CPUs are even higher. That is, a potentially upcoming 16-core 32-thread Zen 3 consumer CPU could be clocked below 5 GHz, which, combined with architectural improvements, could provide very significant performance gains over the current Ryzen 9 3950X.
One of the key innovations in the AMD Zen 3 architecture will be the move to 8-core CCX modules with 32MB of L3 cache, which should provide lower latency when accessing the L3 cache and better interaction between cores. According to preliminary data, the new Zen 3 architecture will provide up to 15% or more gains in IPC (instructions per clock) compared to Zen 2. In addition, Ryzen 4000, which will be manufactured at TSMC’s 7nm facilities, will remain compatible with older motherboards B450, X470 and X370 (fresh B550, of course, is also supported).
The older Ryzen 4000 models are expected to hit the market first, while the more affordable 4th Gen Ryzen CPUs will have to wait until next year.
There is a rumor that AMD may break the logical sequence and release desktop Zen 3 processors to the market as Ryzen 5000, skipping the Ryzen 4000. As you know, now desktop CPUs “lag” behind APUs for mobile desktop systems by series number (just recently Ryzen 4000G) … With the release of a new lineup called Ryzen 5000, AMD will address this discrepancy. If AMD eventually takes such a step, then the specified CPU may not be called Ryzen 9 4950X, but Ryzen 9 5950X.
Source: Igor’sLAB and Videocardz