Just a couple of days back a leak confirmed that AMD will soon be launching its 16-core processor under Whitehaven platform. It was supposed to be different from the original Ryzen lineup launched earlier this year and come with a larger size that doesn’t fit the AM4 socket. Until now we didn’t know how its new socket would be like, but this new leak gives us a look at it.
AMD is rumoured to launch a 16-core processor for a really long time now and the newer leaks gave a confirmation about them. AMD’s enthusiast Ryzen Threadripper CPUs and the next gen Whitehaven platform will reportedly launch at Computex that will start next month.
Talking about the socket for these processors, it would be a massive 4096 pin socket that the AMD’s 32-core Naples will also share. The Threadripper is rumoured to be compatible with the modified version of SP3 server socket that was originally designed for the yet to be launched Naples server parts.
There would be a few differences between the sockets for Threadripper and Naples. The major point of difference is that the SP3 socket will also be made available in dual socket server boards, on the other hand, SP3r2 will be available only on single socket boards.
Other differences include changes in maximum thermal design power and some technical changes in PCB implementation. For the similarities, the physical specifications and the pin count are exactly the same.
To bring a context for the pin count, the AM$ socket for the original Ryzen processors contains 1331 pins. Now you know how big this SP3r2 socket would be.
AMD will be benefitted from this large socket to take on the Intel’s Skylake X parts and even their own Ryzen processors with AM4 sockets by launching larger chips. AMD can also be in a position to launch 32-core processors for the high-end desktops in the future if the need be. However, there is no information if AMD is planning to go beyond 16-core processors under Whitehaven platform.
Whitehaven is expected to come with much larger cache capacity of 64MB against 16MB of the current Ryzen processors. Moreover, the processors launched on Whitehaven platform will support quad channel DDR4 RAM.