Possible 3rd-gen Ryzen Threadripper appears in Geekbench, beats 2990WX by 35%

midian182

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A 32-core, 64-thread processor appeared on the Geekbench database under the name Sharkstooth, which is presumed to be AMD's internal name for 3rd-gen Threadripper. The engineering sample uses the codename AMD 100-000000011-11 and has the same configuration as the Threadripper 2990WX flagship.

The entry states a base frequency of 3.6GHz—no mention of a boost speed—along with 2MB of L1 cache, 16MB of L2 cache and 128MB of L3 cache. Threadripper 2950x, for comparison, has a 3.0GHz base clock, a 4.2GHz boost, and 64MB of L3 cache.

There are two Sharkstooth entries. One has a single-core score of 5932 and a multi-core score of 93344, while the other is 5677 single and 94772 multi. This beats the Threadripper 2990WX by 7-10% in single-core results and up to 35% in multi-core.

As with Ryzen 3000 and Epyc Rome, it’s expected that the next Threadripper line will support PCIe 4.0. As Tom’s Hardware notes, this will likely see AMD launch a new chipset to support the interface, possibly X599.

There’s no 100 percent guarantee that this is 3rd-gen Threadripper, but all the signs point to it being AMD's next HEDT chip. No official word on when it might arrive, but some predict the company will launch it on September 7 alongside Ryzen 9 3950X.

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neeyik

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The cache is the giveaway that it's a Zen 2 chip - the L1 instruction cache is 64 kiB per core on Zen/Zen+ and 32 kiB on Zen 2; likewise, the L3 cache is 8 MiB per CCX on the older architecture and 16 MiB for the newer one.

Edit: For comparison, the Epyc 7502P (32 core Zen 2) has a base frequency of just 2.5 GHz and a boost of 3.34 GHz, but there again, it only has a declared TDP of 200W. The Threadripper 2990WX runs at 3.0/4.2 GHz for a TDP of 250W, so a base clock of 3.6 seems achievable.
 
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Raytrace3D

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"Threadripper 2950x, for comparison, has a 3.0GHz base clock, a 4.2GHz boost, and 64MB of L3 cache."

I think you mean to say the 2990WX. The 2950X has a base of 3.5 and a boost of 4.4
That's okay. I only mentioned it because I have a TR 2950X and had to Google the specs to be sure because I could have swore it was different. lol No worries my friend. I enjoyed the article and appreciated the news. :)
 

Markoni35

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I have trouble using more than 2 cores on my 6-core Ryzen.
95% of the software I'm using are old-fashioned single-core apps.
 

Jeffrey2009

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"this will likely see AMD launch a new chipset to support the interface, possibly X599."

It's a mess about the naming for both Intel and AMD about their next generation HEDT platform. The latest update rumors about this topic are always confusing and contradictory.
However, AMD can only use X499 for Zen2 and Zen3 cores' Threadripper platform, if Intel had decided and registered X599 to replace X299 for their HEDT chipset.
 

candle_86

TS Enthusiast
"this will likely see AMD launch a new chipset to support the interface, possibly X599."

It's a mess about the naming for both Intel and AMD about their next generation HEDT platform. The latest update rumors about this topic are always confusing and contradictory.
However, AMD can only use X499 for Zen2 and Zen3 cores' Threadripper platform, if Intel had decided and registered X599 to replace X299 for their HEDT chipset.
You can't register a number, look back to 1991 where Intel lost its argument that it owned the number 486 and 386
 

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