AMD Ryzen Threadripper 5000 Series May Reintroduce 16-Core SKU

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AMD’s current Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series only comes in 64-, 32-, and 24-core flavors, but a 16-core SKU could be making a return for the upcoming, Zen 3-based “Genesis Peak” lineup. That’s according to DRAM Calculator for Ryzen author Yuri Bubliy (1usmus), who shared a HEX riddle that converts to an interesting line of ASCII text.

“I think some of you will want to solve this riddle,” Bubliy tweeted. “47454e4553495320313620434f524553.” Throwing that gibberish into a hexadecimal to ASCII text converter gives us the following:

HEX: 47454e4553495320313620434f524553
ASCII: GENESIS 16 CORES

Specifications of what will presumably be the Ryzen Threadripper 5950X are a complete mystery, but it’s possible that AMD might make an announcement for its latest multi-core monstrosities during January’s all-virtual CES 2021.

We’ll also note that a 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series SKU does exist in the form of the 3955WX, but it’s relegated to the professional workstation segment. This is a 16C/32T processor with a base clock of 3.9 GHz, max boost clock of up to 4.3 GHz, and TDP of 280 watts.

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