Rumor: Zen 4 based Ryzen CPUs get up to 16 cores and higher TDP up to 170W

AMD Ryzen CPUs from the unannounced 7000 series will reportedly have up to sixteen Zen 4 cores. This means that this Raphael series does not offer more cores than the current top model, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X with sixteen cores. The tdp would go up quite a bit.

ExecutableFix reports on Twitter: that Raphael will go up to sixteen cores. This account is more likely to publish unannounced data about CPUs. Last year, for example, the account prematurely posted the specifications of AMD’s Ryzen 5000 laptop processors that ultimately proved correct. According to Videocardz, the new information matches previous information from Gamers Nexus, centering on a March 2020 slide leaked last month about Raphael, which mentions two Zen 4 CCDs called Durango.

If the new information is correct, the top-end Ryzen 7000 series desktop model will likely go up to 16 cores. That probably also means that the number of CCDs will remain at a maximum of two, as each CCD can contain up to eight Zen 3 cores on current Ryzen 5000 processors.

Raphael is based on TSMC’s 5nm process, while the current Ryzen 5000 CPUs are still baked on the 7nm process of the Taiwanese chip manufacturer. Despite this, the tdp values ​​of AMD’s new desktop processors are going up significantly. Patrick Schur, who is more likely to share information about processors early, poses that the exact TDPs for the new processors are 65, 95, 105, 120 and 170W.

Such a 170W TDP is remarkable in that the current AMD Ryzen 9 5950X with sixteen cores has a TDP of 105W. If the top model of the Ryzen 7000 series indeed also has sixteen cores and is also baked on a more efficient process, 170W would be a significant increase. That may indicate higher clock speeds, but there are also rumors about the addition of an integrated GPU as an explanation for the higher TDP.