A new report by DigiTimes suggests that AMD could be crashing Intel’s HEDT party in October with its third-generation Threadripper chips, which bring up to 64 cores. Intel’s Cascade Lake-X parts, running on the Glacial Falls platform, top out at 36 cores.

A new chipset with PCIe 4.0 seems inevitable, but enthusiasts who wish to stick with their current TR4 motherboards should be able to do so with a BIOS update that adds support for the Zen 2-based Threadripper range.

AMD has the option to deploy up to 64 CPU cores across eight 7 nm “Zen 2” chiplets, while the 12 nm I/O controller die will be likely reconfigured for the HEDT platform with a monolithic 4-channel DDR4 memory interface and 64 PCIe gen 4.0 lanes. It’s capable of 8 memory channels on the 2nd generation EPYC.