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The most powerful CPU of 2020 may be coming soon, but it won’t be one for gamers

AMD EPYC
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It may not be as eye-catching as Apple’s M1 wunderkid, but if you’re looking for the fastest processor in the world to go in your dedicated server, AMD will answer your prayers with its new EPYC 7763 CPU.

The processor has not yet been released, but pictures have emerged on the forum of a Chinese technology website called Chiphell. The order part number (100-000000312) shown in the leaked picture can also be found in a PDF on AMD’s website.

It appears the new processor is part of the Milan family, which is based on the Zen 3 microarchitecture - the same that powers the Ryzen 5000 series.

The 7763 is likely to have 64 cores and 128 threads (same as the existing 7662), with a 256MB L3 cache. Screenshots show a base clock speed of 2.45GHz and a boost clock of 3.53GHz, numbers that are to be taken with a pinch of salt as they are likely to be so-called ES (engineering samples).

One element we don’t yet know about is the TDP, which sits at 225W on the 7662. Given that the base clock speed seems to have shifted north by about 20% and based on AMD’s 19% IPC gains, it can reasonably be assumed that the new EPYC 7763 could be faster than its predecessor by as much as 40%.

There’s not yet a 64-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on the horizon that comes with Zen 3. The current champion is the 3990X, which was released in February, so we expect the next iteration (the 4990X?) to be announced at CES 2021 and sold from February 2021 onwards.

Via Tom's Hardware

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.