We could have got our first clue as to what AMD’s Ryzen third-gen ‘Matisse’ CPUs will bring to the table with the alleged leak of a 7nm AMD processor in the UserBenchmark database.

There has been discovered an AMD engineering sample in UserBenchmark with the codename 2D3212BGMCWH2_37/34_N. The AMD CPU in question is 12 Cores and 24 Threads, utilising the same AM4 socket as the rest of the Ryzen processor range. Outside of Threadripper, AMD’s current crop of CPUs maxes out at 8C/16T with the Ryzen 7 2000 series but we could be set to received a core count bump with the next generation.

As for the benchmark results themselves the AMD 12-Core engineering sample is categorised as ‘Outstanding’ and in the top 4.9% of CPU benchmark results. We can also see the current sample has a base clock speed of 3.4 GHz, peak boost of 3.7 GHz and an average turbo speed of 3.6 GHz across all cores. This is an engineering sample, however, and we’d expect AMD to push these figures higher.

The inevitable IPC gains are also on the cards. AMD’s 12-Core CPU scores 130 in single-core floating point performance, some 13% higher than a Ryzen 7 2700X. Combine this with less conservative final boost clock speeds and Zen 2 could deliver some formidable improvements. In terms of the multi-core benchmark results, this chip is beating Intel’s Core i9-9900K.

AMD announced a few months ago that they would be releasing a new processor Mid-2019, could this be the one they were referring to?

All we now really need to know to paint a fuller picture is AMD’s planned pricing for this monster. If the price undercuts that of the Intel i9s as we expect then AMD could quite easily replace Intel at the top of the game.

The opinion has been for a while that the high price of the Intel processors was somewhat excusable for their high performance, but if AMD can release a processor that can do what Intel does for a cheaper price then Intel will have to pull something out of the bag to maintain sales, especially since last year Intel failed to hit anywhere near their sales targets – although still making a substantial profit – because their high prices are turning away a lot of customers, including businesses.

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