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Back then, we all know that AMD denies the fact that their Ryzen Threadripper has 4 fully-working dies, saying that only two 8-core Ryzen dies are in the CPU and the other 2 dies are just spacers or dummies in order to enhance the structural integrity of the chip.

But, thanks to world-renowned overclocker der8auer for his time, effort and his thousand dollars to spend – we now really know what’s inside these Threadripper dies that AMD might not want us to see or realize at all.

What’s delidding?

Delidding is done by removing the metal lid of the processor (also known as IHS or Integrated Heat Spreader) to reveal the inner chip structure. It voids your warranty, but mostly done by extreme overclockers and enthusiasts to expose the silicon die so that they can apply direct cooling onto the circuitry, giving much better performance than ever.

In this case, der8auer did more than just delidding – he also performed what our source calls as professional autopsy by removing the metal lid, unseating each of four Threadripper dies, sandpapering its copper layer down and leaving the silicon fully exposed.

Photo by der8auer
Photo by der8auer
Photo by der8auer
Photo by der8auer
Photo by der8auer
Photo by der8auer

Falsifying AMD’s claims somewhat somehow – der8auer confirmed that AMD was using four legitimate Ryzen dies into a single Threadripper chip (on this case, a 1950x).

However, there is no possibility of additional core unlocking, or enabling the remaining 16-cores to fully utilize all the 32-cores possibly buried inside Threadripper.


AMD EPYC and Threadripper

If you have heard of the AMD EPYC – which is AMD’s monstrous 32-core server processor, it seems that the Ryzen Threadripper and the EPYC might be made the exact same way – putting four Ryzen dies into a single chip.

Leaving us to the question, why did AMD endorses before that they only run 16-cores and leaving the 2 other dies like brick down there? Is it originally failed EPYC dies? or it was just turned off in order to reduce the cost of the Threadripper.

Or is it possible for us in the near future to have a 32-core desktop processor from AMD, seeing that the Ryzen Threadripper is capable of housing 32-core dies on its enormous chip?


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