Early Test Chips of AMD Zen CPU Rumored To Have “Met All Expectation”
This year, AMD released its new flagship Fury GPU series, however, that somewhat disappointed users in terms of performance. So AMD kept on losing a huge chunk of GPU market share to Nvidia as well as suffered severe losses throughout the three quarters of 2015. But that might not the case in 2016 as the company has some solid plans to make a come back.
In AMD’s recent Q3 earnings teleconference, the company CEO and President Lisa Su confirmed that they are set to upgrade their entire graphics card portfolio next year – and that should all work in their favor.
To achieve that, AMD engineers must have set a goal for Zen to be competitive with Intel’s next-gen offerings. Now, according to a new report, test chips of the new CPU core have so far “met all expectation” with no “significant bottlenecks” in the microarchitecture being found.
AMD is said to have already taped out its Zen and K12 CPU cores – all focused towards granting decent power savings for their next generation products.
As for the specifications, AMD Zen architecture will be built on a 14 nanometer process. It will feature a unified AM4 socket with its GPU-equipped APU counterparts as well as include support for DDR4 memory.
Just like Intel’s, it utilizes Simultaneous Multi-threading (SMT) technology allowing the CPU to process two threads at once. That results in a performance increase of 40% Instruction Per Clock (IPC) throughput.
Further, there will not be a shared FPU anymore as the company is planning to drop the “core pair” approach that was a foundation of its Bulldozer architecture. The systems would also use a new compression standard that allows for 4K or 1080p streaming.
You should take these details with a grain of salt though, as nothing is official as of yet. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we get more information. Stay tuned!
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