AMD has been working on their next generation Zen CPUs for a while now, and they have opened up about this project in San Francisco. AMD claims that their most awaited Zen processors are under production and they will be available for purchase from next year onward. This company is ready to take it’s their arch rival Intel by directly aiming at High-End PC gaming.
AMD’s CEO Lisa Su said her focus is only on high-performance CPUs and GPUs, hinting at most recent achievements like producing powerful yet cost efficient $200 video card Radeon RX480, building chips for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Zen processors did some tweaking with their new processors like adding:
- 14nm FinFET (3D transistor) architecture.
- Let’s you run multiple cores at the same time, thanks to Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT).
- Increased Zen’s Instruction Scheduler by 1.75x and execution resources by 1.5x.
- Increased chip IPC (Instructions per Cycle) by 40%.
All these would allow Zen Processors to produce around five times more juice than its predecessors.
AMD benchmarked its upcoming CPU against Intel’s recently-released $1089 core-i7 6900K Broadwell-E processor. Zen processors features an 8-core, 16- thread desktop chip called “Summit Ridge”, which will run on the company’s new AM4 motherboard platform, support DDR4 RAM, PCI EXPRESS GEN 3 and Next-Gen I/O.
With all these advancements, it will be fascinating to see how well it handles 4K video and gaming. Even though at this conference in San Francisco, both the Intel and AMD performed roughly the same, with Zen taking a short lead. While more technical details will be revealed at the Hot Chips conference next week, AMD is not ready to talk about its clock speed and pricing just yet.
Summit Ridge is expected to hit the market officially in the first quarter of 2017. Lisa said that the prices of these processors will be higher than the current ASPs (Average Sale Prices). Despite such amazing with the Zen Processors, Intel will not hold back as it will be launching its seventh-generation Core CPUs this fall.