Friday March 24, 2017

RUMOR: AMD X390 and X399 Chipset Diagram Leaks

Rumors about a higher end workstation platform for AMD's Zen architecture have been floating around for some time now, and while we like to focus on bringing you confirmed news, even we can't ignore them forever. The rumors are really based on these images, and the rest is conjecture at this point, suggesting that X399 for dual socket designs and X390 for single socket designs will be supporting a new AM44 socket. If you like counting PCIe lanes on pictures you'll see that X390 has 44 PCIe lanes (slightly more than Intel's top -E products) as well as Quad Channel RAM. The rumors suggest that these are intended to be used with 16 core 32 thread Zen based CPU's.

If you, like me, have been waiting for a more Workstation-oriented Zen, this might be it. The extra PCIe lanes and Quad Channel RAM are certainly right up my alley, even though I think 16 cores is more than I need. I'd rather have an 8 core part with higher clocks.

As always, take this with a boatload of salt, as the source on this one is Reddit.

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