Igor’s Lab has seemingly uncovered something huge for both AMD fans and those that love bleeding-edge hardware in their PCs. The new Ryzen 4000-series CPUs have a codename now. These are the Vermeer CPU and Renoir CPU lines according to details obtained by the outlet. The samples seen in the wild appear to be early engineering samples.
Engineering sample CPUs are like a proof-of-concept. These early test builds are designed by AMD and Intel to test out the hardware limits of new CPUs, and to find any obvious manufacturing faults that could be common across the line. The engineering sample for the Vermeer CPU reveals that AMD is aiming higher and higher with the new Zen 3 architecture.
Vermeer will not have any integrated graphics, which will set it apart from the Ryzen 4000G series, based on Renoir silicon and using an APU setup for visuals.
Here are the details from Igor’s Hardware:
Name: Vermeer (VMR)
OPN 1: 100-000000063-07_46 / 40_N
OPN 2: 100-000000063-08_46 / 40_Y
OPN 3: 100-000000063-23_44 / 38_N
OPN 1: 100-000000059-14_46 / 37_Y
OPN 2: 100-000000059-15_46 / 37_N
In other words, it looks like the new CPU lot from AMD will have up to 16 cores and 32 threads. This shows that the increasingly tight manufacturing tolerances for the current-gen 7 nm MOSFET node are about to get creative in Zen 3. AMD’s next-generation Zen 3 architecture will sport improved core counts, and according to the leaks, it looks like we’re getting better cache too. We’re getting a unified L3 cache on both variants.
A total of 5 OPNs have been leaked, showcasing SKUs with three 8-core samples and two 16-core samples comprising the bunch. These samples seem to be successors for the AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X, Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 9 3950X CPUs, offering similar core/thread counts compared to those Zen 2 CPUs.
Also, AMD is aiming to improve both “single-threaded” and “multi-threaded” IPC with some redesigns of the core layout.
It seems that both lines will run with a 4.6 GHz boost clock in most cases, with one OPN listing a 4.4 GHz boost. All of the models seem to hover between 3.7 GHz and 4.0 GHz base clocks. (Those are the numbers ahead of the _Y/N on the OPNs)
So with AMD announcing that the Zen 3 lines would get microcode updates to older motherboards after all, it seems like they’re serious about competing with Intel based on these specs pushing the core counts and speed up.