AMD Threadripper 1920 12-Core CPU & Vega 16GB/8GB Cards Leaked

Khalid Moammer

Several upcoming AMD products have been leaked, including a 12 core Ryzen Threadripper 1920 CPU & Vega 16GB & 8GB graphics cards. So let's dive straight into the details!

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920 CPU Confirmed - 16 Core Engineering Sample Spotted

If you remember a while back, a list allegedly detailing AMD's lineup of Ryzen Threadripper CPUs which included specific product names and specs had made its way to the web. The list included 16, 14, 12 and 10 core Threadripper parts and all followed the same 19## naming scheme. Our friends over at VCZ have spotted the first confirmed Threadripper product and it follows the same 19## naming scheme that we've seen in that list a few weeks back.

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The Ryzen Threadripper 1920 is a 12 core, 24 thread CPU with a base clock speed of 3.2GHz and an unknown turbo clock speed. The part was spotted inside an Alienware system, again. The first time we spotted a 12 core Ryzen was also in an Alieneware system and it was an engineering sample with the ID ZD1438A9UC9F4. It had the same 3.2GHz base clock and its turbo clock speed was 3.6GHz. This is a good indication that the 1920 will feature a similar or higher turbo clock speed.

CPU Cores/ThreadsBase FrequencyTurbo Frequency
AMD ZD1840A8UGAF416/3234003700
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 192012/243200TBA

Another chip was also spotted, but this one isn't a production ready unit yet. It's a 16 core, 32 thread engineering sample with the ID ZD1840A8UGAF4. It has a 3.4GHz base clock speed and a 3.7GHz turbo. Its predecessor had a 3.1GHz base clock and 3.6GHz turbo. The new engineering unit is noticeably faster, especially when looking at the base clocks.

The fact that we're now seeing actual production Ryzen Threadripper parts instead of just engineering samples indicates that we're getting much closer to the "summer launch" that AMD announced last week. If you want to learn more about AMD's enthusiast X399 platform and Threadripper CPUs you can find all the relevant information from the company's press briefings here.

(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

AMD Vega 16GB & 8GB Graphics Card Specs

Vega graphics cards are among AMD's most eagerly anticipated products. Hardware enthusiasts, gamers and professional content creators all have something to look forward to with these new high performance graphics processors and for good reason. They're based on AMD's entirely new Vega graphics architecture which brings dozens of new features to the table, improved gaming, content creation & AI performance as well as improved power efficiency.

AMD will be debuting its first product based on the Vega architecture later this month called the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition. Apple announced earlier in the week that it will be leveraging the impressive workstation capabilities of AMD's Vega chips in its upcoming iMac Pro. Gamers will be able to get their hands on RX Vega cards in late July when they launch at Siggraph. These parts will be specifically optimized for games and according to Radeon graphics guru Raja Koduri they will be even faster than the Frontier Edition.

Thanks to Apple's announcement we now know for certain that there will be at least two tiers of Vega chips. The flagship part will feature 64 compute units and the next in line will have 56 compute units. Koduri had also confirmed during an AMA session last month that gaming Vega graphics cards will be available with 8GB of memory and that they're looking at the possibility of launching 16GB gaming parts as well. It's not yet clear whether we'll see 4GB Vega based graphics cards, to date we've yet to see any 4GB Vega engineering samples, but it remains a possibility.

With that said let's look at the leaked 16GB and 8GB Vega specs courtesy of VCZ, we'll be skipping the older engineering samples because they're no longer relevant. Interestingly, we have two Radeon Vega Frontier Edition parts that have been leaked, they share identical GPU clock speed and memory capacity specs and differ in memory clock speeds.

GPUMemoryGPU FrequencyMemory FrequencyMemory Bandwidth
Potential RX Vega (687F:C1)8GB1500925474GB/s
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition16GB1600925474GB/s
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition16GB1600945484GB/s

AMD has already announced that the Vega Frontier Edition has 480GB/s of memory bandwidth, which suggests that the slightly lower clocked part could be an older part that won't make it to production. The 8GB Vega engineering sample is the more intriguing one however. It has a slightly lower GPU frequency and a very slightly lower memory frequency. Notably though, it has significantly more memory bandwidth than the Radeon Pro Vega 64 and Radeon Pro Vega 56 workstation cards that will go inside the IMac Pro. This makes the engineering sample a likely candidate to be a precursor to the gaming Vega card that we'll see AMD launch in July.

AMD Radeon Vega Lineup:

Graphics CardRadeon R9 Fury XRadeon RX 480Radeon RX Vega Frontier EditionRadeon RX Vega 64Radeon RX Vega 56(Radeon Pro Vega 64Radeon Pro Vega 56
GPUFiji XTPolaris 10Vega 10Vega 10 XTX/XTVega 10 XLVega 10Vega 10
Process Node28nm14nm FinFETFinFETFinFETFinFETFinFETFinFET
Compute Units64366464566456
Stream Processors4096230440964096358440963584
Performance8.6 TFLOPS
8.6 (FP16) TFLOPS
5.8 (FP16) TFLOPS
26 (FP16) TFLOPS
Up to 13+ TFLOPS
26+ (FP16) TFLOPS
~25 (FP16) TFLOPS
22 (FP16) TFLOPS
Texture Mapping Units256144256256TBA256224
Render Output Units64326464TBA6464
Memory Bus4096-bit256-bit2048-bit2048-bit2048-bit2048-bit2048-bit
Launch20152016June 2017July 2017July 2017December 2017December 2017
Price$649 US$199 (4 GB)
$229 (8 GB)
$999 (Reference)
$1499 (Liquid)
$499 (Reference)
$549 (Limited Air)
$599 (Liquid)
$649 (Liquid LE)


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