AMD could be working on a monster 16-core CPU that will beat any desktop model from Intel. - From Forbes
The post in Anandtech’s forum, and discussed on Wccftech.com points at a completely new platform to take advantage of this mega CPU, which has six more cores than Intel’s current flagship desktop CPU – the Core i7-6950x which has just 10 cores and 20 threads.
If recent performance is anything to go by, with 16 cores on tap, it’s likely this CPU could be the ultimate desktop CPU for multi-threaded workloads.
Interestingly, the new platform is supposed to have a Land Grid Array (LGA), with the pins in the CPU socket like Intel has currently – not on the CPU as we have with Ryzen.
The opposite is true for cost, though; the Intel 10-core retails for around $1700, but the post claims the 16 core Ryzen CPU could be up to $1000 less than this, with the flagship SKU sitting around $1000, with some cheaper models too, just like we have now with the three Ryzen 7 CPUs.
At the moment, the flagship AM4 chipset, X370, can only offer 8 PCI-E lanes to a two-way GPU setup, while pairing an Intel Core i7-6850K, 6900K or 6950X with its X99 chipset, gives you far more lanes and bandwidth, with two-way GPU setups benefitting from the full 16 lanes each.