AMD (provided additional architectural details and a first look at the performance of its next-generation, high-performance â€œZenâ€ processor core. AMD demonstrated the â€œZenâ€ core achieving a 40% generational improvement in instructions per clock, delivering a landmark increase in processor performance.
During the event, AMD demonstrated an 8-core, 16-thread â€œSummit Ridgeâ€ desktop processor (featuring AMDâ€™s â€œZenâ€ core) outperforming a similarly configured 8-core, 16-thread Intel â€œBroadwell-Eâ€ processor when running the multi-threaded Blender rendering software with both CPUs set to the same clock speed. AMD also conducted the first public demonstration of its upcoming 32-core, 64-thread â€œZenâ€-based server processor, codenamed â€œNaples,â€ in a dual processor server running the WindowsÂ® Server operating system.
The â€œZenâ€ processor core features multiple architectural advances designed to increase the performance, throughput, and efficiency of AMDâ€™s future products. â€œZenâ€ is based on a clean-sheet design and features a new cache hierarchy, improved branch prediction and simultaneous multithreading (SMT). These advances will allow the â€œZenâ€ core to scale to meet the needs of a broad range of applications, including fanless 2-in-1s, embedded systems, high-performance computing, and the datacenter.
â€œAMD invested where it counts, with an x86 core that can scale from PCs to high-performance servers,â€ said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst, Linley Group. â€œConsumers today expect to get the most out of their systems to create transformative experiences. The versatile design of â€˜Zenâ€™ delivers highly-efficient performance that should provide increased computing capabilities across the spectrum â€“ from devices to cloud computing.â€
Expected to launch first, the â€œZenâ€-based â€œSummit Ridgeâ€ desktops will utilize the AMD AM4 socket, a new unified socket infrastructure that is compatible with 7th Generation AMD A-Series desktop processors â€“ previously codenamed â€œBristol Ridgeâ€ â€“ for exceptional performance and connectivity scalability required by AMD partners and customers. The first desktop systems featuring 7th Generation AMD A-Series processors and new AM4 sockets are scheduled to ship in the second half of 2016 in OEM PC designs.
With dedicated PCIeÂ® lanes for cutting-edge USB, graphics, data and other I/O, the AMD AM4 platform will not steal lanes from other devices and components. This allows users to enjoy systems with improved responsiveness and benefit from future-ready technologies that the AM4 platform provides with a powerful, scalable and reliable computing solution.
AMD AM4 platform key technology features include:
â€¢ DDR4 Memory
â€¢ PCIe Gen 3
â€¢ USB 3.1 Gen2 10Gbps
â€¢ SATA Express
I believe nothing until I see actual benchmarks. It’s not uncommon that benchmarks used will be one that’s favoring the product. Suffice to say, I loved AMD’s processors however I am disappointed of their progress over the past few years, especially that they released nonsense products that’s basically old products with a little speed boost.
The “Zen” processor is one that I’ve been looking forward for the longest of time and I must say I’ve never been more excited over a processor, deep in my heart I do hope to see a 95W processor that can outperform the Intel Core i7-5960X or at least come close in performance without breaking the bank.