Okay Buzzfeed-Esque Title Aside, Delidding Shows That The Monstrosity Of A CPU Is Based Off Epyc Server Chips
While most people can’t help but look at the jaw-droppingly big size of Ryzen threadripper processors, an enthusiast overclocker who goes by Der8auer has decided to find out the reason behind it by delidding a Threadripper 1950X processor which he got his hands on. After taking apart the IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader), it was found that the processor was actually made out an Epyc server chip configuration with 4 Dies of 8 cores.
Image Credits: Der8Auer
The enthusiast overclocker actually contacted AMD about this and was told that the 16-core threadripper is indeed a duo of 8 core dies (four CCX of four cores each). This module is actually in contrast to Multi Chip Module (MCM) that has 2 dies with two CCXs of four cores per die. Though overclockers might raise an eyebrow after this since this actually might hint towards the potential of unlocking the two dies, there’s no information if the cores are simply disabled or if they are defective. If it’s the latter, there’s obviously no way that unlocking the dies are a possibility.
UPDATE: It was announced by AMD that the cores are dummy ones and have been placed for the sole purpose of heat management. They are spacers that helps in maintaining the structure of the IHS.
However, on the ‘big brand acting as a jerk’ side of things, AMD did ask De8auer to take down the video of him delidding the CPU, to which he agreed but fortunately a few people were able to take screenshots of the juicy bits (ok that came out wrong) before it went down. Take a look (there’s a mandatory potato at the end of the images as well):
You can initially buy AMD’s threadripper in two variants. The first is the beefier 1950X with 16 cores and 32 threads clocked at 3.4GHz and overclockable to 4GHz with a price tag of $999 and it’s cheaper but still beefy brother the 1920X which is priced at $799 and features 12 cores and 24 threads clocked at 3.5 GHz and overclockable to 4GHz. Though both of them can be grabbed off shelves in the next month, AMD hasn’t announced a specific release date, yet.