AMD has caused some major turmoil in the CPU market during the last month or so, significantly undercutting Intel and offering some incredible high-end CPUs for under the $499 price point, as well as Ryzen 5 just around the corner. Don’t think that’s all AMD’s got to offer though, because the latest rumour is AMD is looking at the extreme end of the market with a 16 Core, $999 Ryzen CPU which can conquer all.

AMD’s current Ryzen champion is the Ryzen 7 1800X. It’s a octa-core CPU with 16 threads clockdd at 4.0GHz, and comes with a price tag of $499. The 1800X is fast enough to compete with some of Intel’s fastest processors, however it’s not quite fast enough to match Intel’s more extreme chips, such as the $1700 Intel Core i7-6950X 12-core.

Step forward the rumoured 16-core AMD Ryzen CPU, complete with an astonishing 32 threads and quad channel memory support. It’s said it can go head to head with the i7-6950X but at the significantly cheaper price point of $999. That’s still hugely expensive by anyone’s standards, but for those who want the best this could be the new value proposition.

On paper that puts the rumoured chip at double the performance of the Ryzen 7 1800X, however clock speeds are likely to be significantly lower than the other Ryzen CPUs and the gaming applications are going to be practically non-existent. Quad-core performance is where the real gaming optimizations currently lie, so anything above and beyond this is going to see limited returns in comparison to the cost you’re investing.

There’s no firm news on the rumoured CPU from AMD yet, but it’s expected we’ll see more of it during Computex is late May / early June. If I had to hazard a guess I’d expect AMD to name it the AMD Ryzen 1900X, although this high-end desktop platform (HEDT) may well be entirely separate to Ryzen, bridging the gap instead between Ryzen and the server-based Naples chips.

Can you see AMD targeting that gap between its Ryzen and Naples processors? How will Intel be forced to react? Let us know!

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