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AMD’s EPYC 9654 96-Core Genoa CPU Pictured as Launch Is Looming

hardware blogger YuuKi_AnS (opens in new tab) has released a picture of AMD’s 96-core EPYC 9000 series processors. It has the actual model number, not the “Engineering Sample” label. The image could indicate that AMD has started shipping at least some of its next-generation EPYC processors, codenamed Genoa, to partners. This means that the official launch is approaching.

The processor in question is AMD’s EPYC 9654, which has 96 cores based on the Zen 4 microarchitecture and has 384MB of L3 cache (although it covers the model 9654P). But what’s important about the photo is the CPU in the SP5 carrier frame resting on a tray pallet. Vendors typically ship large quantities of chips using tray pallets. In contrast, the EPYC case is still in the carrier frame, while the engineering sample comes in a special box.

AMD still has to confirm that it has started commercial shipments of its EPYC 9000 series processors with Zen 4 cores to partners, but the tray palette suggests that at least some of AMD’s partners will be getting their new CPUs in bulk. It may indicate that Additionally, Yuki_AnS believes that these CPUs could officially debut alongside AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7000 processors based on the same microarchitecture in September this year.

(Image credit: AMD)

We don’t know AMD’s plans, but by officially unveiling it alongside the up to 16-core desktop part for gamers and enthusiasts, the company will likely steal the 96-core server part’s thunder.

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