As AMD is rolling out the Ryzen 7000 ‘Raphael’ processors with up to 16 cores based on the Zen 4 microarchitecture, the company itself is already testing its next-generation Ryzen Threadripper 7000-series ‘Storm Peak’ CPUs with increased core count and other perks that high-end desktops and workstations tend to offer.
AMD (and some of its close partners) tend to test the company’s EPYC and Ryzen Threadripper processors on distributed computing workloads since they take advantage of high core counts. However, this time, someone tested an engineering sample of AMD’s yet-to-be-announced CPU with 64 cores with simultaneous multithreading support in [email protected] (opens in new tab), as uncovered by Benchleaks (opens in new tab).
The CPU carries the “AuthenticAMD AMD Eng Sample: 100-000000454-20_Y [Family 25 Model 24 Stepping 1]” identifier, which does not correspond to any known AMD processor. Meanwhile, since there are not so many new 64-core CPUs from AMD, it is safe to assume that we are dealing with the codenamed Storm Peak processor.
AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 5000WX-series processors for workstations (which are the best CPUs for workstations these days) came to market a lot later than expected, perhaps because the company repositioned these CPUs from enthusiast-grade extreme desktops to a more lucrative workstation market, or maybe because its arch-rival Intel did not have any decent rival for AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3000- and 3000WX-series CPUs.
Yet it looks like with Zen 4-based Ryzen Threadripper 7000-series processors AMD will be somewhat faster. According to AMD’s roadmap, the company plans to launch these CPUs in the first half of 2023.
In addition to next-generation Ryzen Threadripper, someone is testing AMD’s next-generation APU codenamed Phoenix Point APU accelerated processing units for mainstream laptops and desktops in [email protected] (opens in new tab).
Unfortunately, neither [email protected] nor [email protected] reveals decent performance numbers for CPUs, so we can only guess how fast AMD’s upcoming processors are. Meanwhile, it is essential that they already exist in silicon and are being tested outside of the lab.