AMD Zen: A serious opponent for Intel HeDT

Many of those who plan to assemble a multi -core working and game platform or update the existing one, but are not happy with the prices set by Intel in the HEDT solutions sector are looking forward to the appearance of AMD Zen processors under the code name Summit Ridge. And it seems that these chips already exist in nature, since information about them begins to appear on the network more and more, and this information is not only theoretical in nature. So, more recently, we could see how the engineering model Zen with a frequency of only 2.8 GHz easily dealt with his ancestor FX-8350, who worked at a frequency of 4 GHz. With an equal frequency, the advantage of the new architecture would be 98 %! It is curious that all the results with the participation of Zen are currently deleted from the ASHES of Singularity database, but we have saved this information for readers.

It is still known about the two models of Zen: 2D2801A2M88EA (8 nuclei, 16 streams, 2.8/3.2 GHz, heat -package 95 watts) and 2D2802A2M4KE4 (4 nuclei, 8 flows, heat -package 65 watts, frequencies are unknown). Both are present in the database of Zauba export-import. For comparison, the eight-core Intel Core i7-6900K (Broadwell-E), also capable of performing 16 flows, has a 130 Watt heating system, which speaks in favor of high energy efficiency of Zen. Both chips are produced using 14-nm production standards, but the difference in economy can be due to the differences in Intel and Samsung/Globalfoundries technological processes. Both of the Zen chip noticed in the database under the coden name Zeppelin, which means that both are different Summit Ridge configurations.

And the Advanced Micro Devices itself finally published new data on Zen architecture performance, in addition to having already managed to fill the slide’s soreness, which reads 40 % speed growth in terms of tact. On the new AMD slide compares the eight-core Summit Ridge with Orochi, a module underlying the FX-8350 processor with a similar number of nuclei (we leave aside the discussion about whether the real nuclei in FX processors). On this Summit Ridge slide, it shows twice the higher performance in Cinebench R15. If you believe the AMD numbers, each Zen core at an equal frequency is equivalent to two PileDriver nuclei, and this is very impressive and allows us to talk about Zen’s competition with Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition. Yes, in Ashes of Singularity, the prototype lost to the four-core Core i7-4790, but the latter’s frequencies were much higher — 3.6/4.0 GHz versus 2.8/3.2 GHz at the Summit Ridge sample.

It seems that in the near future AMD can really be congratulated on a successful return to the central processors market for powerful HEDT class desktop systems, especially on condition that the eight-core Summit Ridge model will cost cheaper than the Intel Core i7-6900K processors and 5960xwhich is at a mark of $ 1000, and its performance will be the same or not much worse. The head of the company Lisa Su confirmed that the experimental deliveries of Zen samples with its partners AMD will begin in this quarter. Despite the fact that the official AMD slides indicate the mass implementation of Summit Ridge in 2017, there are a chance to see the first copies of the AM4 platform in October this year. The new AMD platform will support all modern technologies: USB 3.1, m.2 SATA and NVME. If the graphic solutions based on VEGA 10 will be issued by the same time, then AMD will have a serious ligament of the CPU and GP, capable of withstanding Intel + Pascal combinations.



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