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AMD's Zen 4-based desktop processors will reportedly ship with a maximum of 16 cores and up to 170W TDP

Some new information about AMD's upcoming line of desktop processors has emerged online
Some new information about AMD's upcoming line of desktop processors has emerged online (image via AMD)
Multiple sources have confirmed that AMD's next-generation Zen 4 processors will limit the core count to 16 on the top model (Ryzen 9 6950X), which has a maximum TDP of 170W. The remaining SKUs are said to be rated at 120W, 105W, 95W and 65W.

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At this point, the chances of AMD's Zen 3 refresh, aka Warhol, being launched later this year are quite low. Instead, we may have to wait until Q3/Q4 of 2022 to see some new AMD hardware in action in the form of Zen 4 aka Raphael. It seems that AMD's next-generation Ryzen 6000 series of processors will ship with the same number of cores/threads as Vermeer.

The information comes from two reputable sources, Twitter users ExecutableFix and Patrick Schur. Both of them state that the Zen 4-based desktop processors will be limited to 16 cores. Some unconfirmed leaks from earlier told us that AMD could up the core count to 24 on some of its high-end Ryzen 6000 series SKUs. Patrick adds that the top-of-the-line Zen 4 processor (presumably the Ryzen 9 6950X) will have a TDP of 170W. The remaining SKU's will draw 120W, 105W, 95W and 65W. These could correspond to the Ryzen 9 6900X, Ryzen 7 6800X, Ryzen 5 5600X and a mystery low-power processor. Lastly, he also confirms that the processors will be manufactured on TSMC's 5nm process node.

While this information might seem disappointing to a few, it makes sense for AMD to keep its 24-core SKUs restricted to the Threadripper and Epyc platforms. Most consumer-grade applications stand to benefit little from the additional cores. It also lets AMD bake in a more powerful iGPU into the processor. Rumour has it that all Raphael processors will ship with an RDNA2-based iGPU, similar to what Rembrandt has in store for us.

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ExecutableFix on Twitter

Patrick Schur on Twitter (1), (2)

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Anil Ganti, 2021-07-14 (Update: 2021-07-14)