16-core AMD Ryzen 3000 CPU specs leaked
AMD is set to release the 7 nm Ryzen 3000 CPU series this summer, while Intel just confirmed that its 7 nm processors are only coming in 2021. Most of the leaked specs for the new AMD chips based on the Zen 2 architecture have been confirmed by AMD itself, even though there is no official word on the 16-core CPUs hinted by CEO Lisa Su in her CES presentation. The latest evidence for the existence of 16-core chips was recently revealed by renowned leaker Tum Apisak, who apparently got close and personal with an engineering sample.
The 16-core chip is most likely a prototype offered by AMD to motherboard makers for X570 design purposes. According to Apisak, the CPU identifier does not have a standard codename, so the actual name is unclear. The specs do not match any of the leaked 16-core models from AdoredTV, either. Apisak’s 16-core chip is said to be clocked at 3.3 GHz by default and the boost clocks could reach 4.5 GHz. The chip with the closest specs leaked by AdoredTV looks to be the Ryzen 9 3800X CPU that is clocked at 3.9 GHz with 4.7 GHz boost. Engineering sample usually end up with modified specs by release time, so Apisak's chip could very well turn out to be the leaked Ryzen 3800X.
One of the commenters in Apisak’s tweet alludes to the existence of a 12-core processor with very high clocks, supposedly higher than the Ryzen 7 3700X clocked at 4.2 GHz with 5.0 GHz boost leaked by AdoredTV. Tum Apisak also promised he would even upload some pictures of the 16-core chip at a later date.