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.
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.
Shipped in tray pallets, these EPYC 9654 CPUs are production quality and may be manufactured in large quantities. Still, AMD may not be inclined to reveal their partners among server makers before they have the actual machines ready. On the other hand, some hyperscale data center operators want to stay on top of the latest and greatest technology, so they may deploy the new 96-core EPYC before others.
Officially, AMD’s next-generation EPYC is set to land in late 2022, but in the latest conference call with analysts and investors, AMD’s CEO, Lisa Su, said that these parts are expected to land in the second half of the year. It is expected to be officially introduced in September as it has shown an increase in four quarters. Too early.
“We are seeing Genova coming towards the end of the year [and] in 2023,” AMD’s chief said ( Seeking Alpha (opens in new tab)). […] “We expect to increase production [of Genoa] In the fourth quarter, and in the first half of next year.