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AMD Ryzen 16 Core “Whitehaven” Enthusiast CPUs Leaked – 3.6GHz Clock Speed, Boatloads of Cache & Quad Channel DDR4 Support


AMD's upcoming 16 core enthusiast Ryzen "Whitehaven" CPUs have been spotted. The new processors will come in variations of up to 16 cores and 32 threads and will support quad-channel DDR4 memory.

The first CPU of the new enthusiast Ryzen family was spotted several weeks back, today two additional chips have surfaced. Both engineering samples feature 16 cores and 32 threads, a boost clock speed of 3.6GHz and a base clock speed of 3.0GHz. They've been designated the 2D3101A8UGAF4_36/31_N & 1D3101A8UGAF3_36/31_N device IDs. This leak comes courtesy of VCZ who spotted the new AMD Ryzen engineering samples.

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AMD Ryzen 12 Core "Whitehaven"CPU spotted In the SiSoftSandra database
CPU IDBoost ClockBase Clock CoresThreadsPlatform
2D3101A8UGAF4_36/31_N360031001632AMD Whitehaven
1D3101A8UGAF3_36/31_N360031001632AMD Whitehaven
2D2701A9UC9F4_32/27_N320027001224Alienware R3

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The upcoming family of enthusiast Ryzen CPUs are considerably larger than the current Ryzen lineup and will not be compatible with AM4 due to this fact. It's still unclear what the new socket - internally code named "S3" -- will officially be named but we do know it's going to be LGA, rather than PGA. In other words, the pins will be on the socket rather than the CPUs unlike current Ryzen chips.

The new family of CPUs will feature a variety of core and thread counts. 16 cores and 32 threads is the maximum, but other configurations with 12 cores also exist. There has also been talk that 10 and 14 core SKUs will also be made available, but we have not yet seen any such engineering samples.


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AMD's New High-End Desktop "Whitehaven" Ryzen CPUs Will Take On Intel's X299 & Skylake X

The new chips will launch on AMD's new S3 platform. The new HEDT -- high-end desktop -- platform will include support for quad-channel DDR4 memory support, more PCIe lanes and more storage compared to AM4. It will compete directly with Intel's upcoming HEDT X299 platform and Skylake X CPUs which will feature up to 12 cores."Whitehaven" offers significantly more cores, threads and L3 Cache. Combined with the commanding power efficiency lead that Ryzen has already established, AMD's got a truly potent product on its hands.

With a 16 core Ryzen in the high-end desktop the Zen architecture is well on its way to displacing Intel's Extreme edition processors from the performance throne that they've long held on to. "Whitehaven" may be the first CPU family from AMD to win the ultimate performance crown since the aptly code named "hammer" architecture hammered Intel's Pentiums nearly 14 years ago in the form of the Athlon 64.

16 Core "Whitehaven" Ryzens Landing In The Middle Of The Year

AMD's new enthusiast desktop CPU platform will reportedly be showcased at Computex (May 30th - June 2nd). According to sources in the upstream supply chain, the S3 platform will launch alongside AMD's 32 core Naples processors in the middle of the year.

(Ryzen Threadripper)
Intel Core X
Pinnacle Ridge
Summit Ridge
Target PlatformHEDTHEDTMainstreamMainstream
SocketTR4LGA 2066AM4 (PGA)AM4 (PGA)
Socket Pins4094 Pins (LGA)2066 Pins (LGA)1331 Pins (PGA)1331 Pins (PGA)
Max CoresUp to 32Up to 18Up to 8Up to 8
Max ThreadsUp to 64Up to 36Up to 16Up to 16
Max L3 Cache64 MB24.75 MB16 MB16 MB
TDPUp To 250WUp To 165WUp To 105WUp To 95W
CPU PCI-E Lanes64442424
PCH PCI-E Lanes82488
PCI-E NVME SupportYesYesYesYes
NVME RAID SupportYes (Firmware Update from AMD webpage)Yes (Locked, Key Required)NoNo
DDR4 Channels4 Channel4 Channel2 Channel2 Channel
SATA 6 Gbps8+486+26+2
USB 3.1 Ports2222
USB 3.0 Ports61066
USB 2.0 Ports61466
LaunchQ3 2017Q2 2017Q1 2018Q1 2017