Skip to main content

AMD’s new powerful server processor leaked, including pictures and an X-ray

AMD has a new line of EPYC processors in the works. Based on the Zen 4 architecture, the upcoming Genoa server CPUs will support up to 96 cores and require massive amounts of power.

Following a leaked photo from last week, we now have more information about the new Genoa CPUs, including additional photos and an X-ray of the chip.

AMD EPYC Zen 4 Genoa processors.
Image source: VideoCardz VideoCardz

The new photos of the chip have been released by VideoCardz. Aside from two photos of what is likely a working prototype of the new AMD EPYC Zen 4 Genoa CPU, we also have an X-ray and AMD’s official render to go by. AMD showed off the general structure of its new 5nm accelerated data center chip during its CES 2022 keynote. The X-rayed image of the processor is consistent with the render presented by AMD.

AMD’s upcoming server processor marks a switch from Zen 3 to Zen 4 architecture and brings with it a brand-new socket. AMD actually has two EPYC processors planned for this year: One codenamed Genoa, pictured above, and one dubbed Bergamo. Both Genoa and Bergamo are rumored to use the same new SP5 (LGA-6096) socket.

As for the pictured Zen 4 Genoa CPU, this sample is not the most powerful option that the lineup will offer. The processor has 16 cores and a boost clock of 3.7GHz. It has a quite hefty 195W TDP, although that is nothing compared to the top Genoa CPUs that may have a TDP of up to 400W.

The fact that the sampled CPU offers 16 cores is proven by looking underneath the large heat spreader. As the processor features only two charge-coupled devices (CCDs) out of a maximum of twelve, it means that each CCD offers 8 cores. The Genoa processors can support up to 96 cores with twelve CCDs.

An x-ray of the AMD EPYC Zen 4 Genoa processor.
Image source: VideoCardz Image used with permission by copyright holder

The rear of the processor features four groups, each with around 1,520 pins. Compared to the current generation of EPYC processors (which are based on the SP3 socket,) the new SP5 platform offers 2,002 more pads. AMD had to increase the number of connectors in order to support DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 5.0, both of which require more bandwidth than the previous generations.

It’s going to be a busy year for AMD. The company has confirmed that AMD EPYC Zen 4 Genoa is on track to be released this year, followed by Bergamo. Sometime in 2023 or 2024, AMD is planning to release the next iteration of its EPYC lineup, code-named 7005 “Turin.” The rumored Turin CPUs are also said to use the same SP5 socket as the chips AMD is releasing later this year.

Editors' Recommendations

Monica J. White
Monica is a UK-based freelance writer and self-proclaimed geek. A firm believer in the "PC building is just like expensive…
CES 2023: AMD Ryzen 7000 laptops CPUs go up to 16 cores
AMD CEO holding the Ryzen 7040 series processor.

AMD announced the upcoming release of its Ryzen 7000 mobile processors during its CES 2023 keynote. With a strong focus on performance and efficiency, these CPUs will soon arrive in some of the best gaming laptops, but AMD is not just targeting gamers.

The lineup includes processors made for all kinds of laptops, and today, AMD gave us our first glimpse at the Ryzen 7040 "Phoenix" and the Ryzen 7045 "Dragon Range." Here's everything you need to know about them.

Read more
AMD’s new 65W processors fix Ryzen 7000’s biggest problems
Pads on the bottom of the Ryzen 9 7950X.

There's no doubt that AMD's Ryzen 9 7950X is an impressive processor, but AMD's most recent generation hasn't been off to the best start. Like it or not, AMD's latest chips are expensive, require a lot of power, and run hot. At CES, AMD is looking to correct course.

The company introduced three non-X CPUs to go alongside its big, beefy Ryzen 7000 processors, and they address the problems with the latest generation point-for-point. They're more efficient with a 65-watt power limit, but more importantly, they're far cheaper than their X-branded counterparts.

Read more
AMD 7000X3D V-Cache CPUs could challenge Intel at CES 2023
AMD 3D V-Cache chip is shown over a coppery background.

New AMD 7000X3D V-Cache CPUs could be shown as early as January 2023 at next year’s CES, promising big gaming performance gains and potentially wrestling the title of best gaming chip from Intel once more.

The latest news comes from a supposedly leaked internal road map that reveals AMD is planning to unveil its next-generation 3D V-Cache CPUs based on the Zen 4 architecture at CES 2023. This information comes from Wccftech which has a good track record of uncovering insider information. The report goes on to suggest that there will be two 3D V-Cache chips announced at the event, which is notable.

Read more