Sometime later this 12 months, AMD will launch a brand new spherical EPYC server CPUs based mostly on its Zen 4 structure, codenamed Genoa (EPYC 9000 collection). While we stand by and watch for the next-gen chips to manifest, images of engineering samples and AMD’s accompanying large SP5 socket have discovered their approach to the online, giving us a visible teaser of what is to come back.
AMD hasn’t precisely been quiet about Zen 4 or Genoa. The firm already confirmed that its EPYC 9000 collection CPUs based mostly on a 5-nanometer course of node be provided in as much as 96-core/192-thread configurations. AMD additionally mentioned Genoa will serve up 12 channels of DDR5 reminiscence and next-generation I/O (PCI Express Gen 5 and reminiscence growth through CXL).
If all goes to plan, Genoa will take its place because the highest-performance general-purpose server platform in the marketplace. According to AMD, its flagship EPYC 9000 collection processor will ship a greater than 75 p.c uplift in enterprise Java efficiency in comparison with its flagship third gen EPYC CPU.
As to the images of some early Genoa silicon, these had been shared by @yuuki_ans, a well-known leaker within the Twittersphere…

One of the images is simply an all-black picture, as a result of sadly for @yuuki_ans, the 2 Genoa CPUs they obtained ended up “burned and damaged” after working them for just a few seconds.
The top-left picture exhibits thermal paste utilized to your entire floor. It’s speculated within the Twitter thread that somebody might have forgotten to fill the radiator that was tasked with cooling these chips, however no particulars are offered on how they really burned up, solely that they’ve handed on to the silicon graveyard.
“Friends who work in the testing department tell us they have dozens of SPRs and dozens of Genoas burned on their machines… — It’s normal, isn’t it … Tests are always like this,” the leaker said when requested in the event that they had been certain the CPUs had been useless.
We additionally get a glimpse of the top-side of one of many CPUs, in addition to the completely monstrous SP5 socket that may home these next-gen chips.
AMD will launch its Zen 4 EPYC Genoa processors within the fourth quarter of this 12 months. Then in 2023, Genoa-X will debut with as much as the identical core and thread rely and constructed on the identical 5nm course of, however with as much as 1GB or extra of L3 cache per socket.