While the Zen 1 based Ryzen Threadripper line-ups featured a 16-core SKU, we did not get a 16C/32T Ryzen Threadripper 3000 chip. As we look ahead to Ryzen Threadripper 5000, it looks like the 16-core chip will be making a return.
According to Yuri Bubliy, AMD might be working on bringing this SKU back. The creator of CTR has shared a cryptic HEX message teasing a 16-core Threadripper 5000 series processor.
The HEX message was translated to ASCII, which revealed that a “Genesis 16 Cores” CPU should be introduced alongside the rest of the Ryzen Threaripper 5000 series. The Ryzen Threadripper 5000 series (codenamed Genesis Peak) will be AMD’s HEDT series featuring the Zen3 architecture.
I think some of you will want to solve this riddle.
— Yuri Bubliy (@1usmus) January 1, 2021
The Ryzen 9 5950X is also a 16C/32T processor. Nonetheless, the Threadripper CPU should still have some advantages compared to the Ryzen 9 CPU, including a bigger cache, quad-channel memory support, and more.
It’s also worth mentioning that with the 5950X naming already being used by the Ryzen 9 CPU, the naming scheme of the Threadripper 5000 processors would have to fit accordingly. AMD may choose to use the “5950X” model name and rearrange it for the Threadripper series (Ryzen Threadripper 5950X), bump it to 5960X, or call it 5955X, similar to the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3955WX (16C/32T).
AMD is expected to talk about its new HEDT Ryzen Threadripper 5000 series at CES 2021, which takes place later this month.
KitGuru says: Would you like to see AMD bring back the 16-core SKUs to its HEDT platform? Would you choose a 16-core Ryzen Threadripper featuring Zen3 over the Ryzen 9 5950X?