What appears to be a new 32-core AMD Threadripper has appeared on the Geekbench benchmark database, giving ammunition to the belief that yes, we may be seeing a new Threadripper chip “soon,” in the words of AMD chief executive Lisa Su.
The Geekbench browser lists a 32-core “100-000000011-11” chip, with 32 cores and 64 threads. But the chip is also identified as an “AuthenticAMD Family 23 Model 49 Stepping 0,” code-named Sharkstooth, a member of the AMD Ryzen family. The CPU northbridge is also identified as a Ryzen part. The chip itself has a base clock of 2.2GHz, and a maximum frequency of 4.17GHz.
AMD has yet to announce a Threadripper using the same 7nm, Zen 2 CPU architecture as its latest Ryzen parts.
For her part, AMD chief executive Lisa Su has been somewhat cagey about a next-gen Threadripper, excluding it from her Computex address, but later confirming that it’s “moving up.” At the Hot Chips academic conference, Su said that details on a new Threadripper would be arriving “soon.” The Geekbench score appears to bear that out.
AMD’s current Threadripper 2990WX (32 cores/64 threads, with a base clock of 3GHz and a turbo clock of 4.2GHz) generates maximum single-core Geekbench scores of about 5,450 or so, with some multicore scores north of 80,000. (More recent scores are about 39,000.)
Of Sharkstooth’s three listed scores, the highest single-core score of 5,932 exceeds the 2990WX's, while the highest multi-core score of 94,472 exceeds the 2990WX’s more recent results. (The earlier 68,576 falls far behind the 2990WX, however.) Whatever the score, it’s possible that the AMD design team is merely testing it for functionality, rather than performance.
We won’t know for certain until AMD formally takes the wraps off of its next-gen Threadripper chip. Until then, we’ll have to be satisfied with leaked benchmarks that seemingly prove Sharkstooth’s existence—thanks to Twitter user momomo_us and Tom’s Hardware for pointing this out.