AMD to Launch First Zen Based Summit Ridge CPUs in October, Feature 8 Cores and 95W TDP
Back in November last year, we reported that AMD would launch their Zen based FX CPUs later this year, with Zen based APUs planned for 2017. Now, a new report has emerged online which suggests that first Zen based chips, code-named Summit Ridge, will launch in Q4 this year, more specifically this October.
The information comes from a source inside AMD which told WCCFtech that the 8 core Summit Ridge CPU dies have taped out in January, and that they are currently being tested and validated. The Summit Ridge FX CPUs, which are aimed towards high-end desktops, feature a 95W TDP and are set to be released on the new AM4 socket.
The 95W TDP if accurate, alongside 8 high performance Zen cores with multi-threading for a total of 16 threads, indicates that the next gen desktop FX CPUs from AMD are indeed very power efficient and will be on par with Intel’s Broadwell-E lineup launching this June.
AMD’s Zen chips are based on a new 14nm FinFET process technology. Built from scratch, the new architecture stacks transistors on top of each other, an upgrade over placing them next to each other, which improves performance as well as power efficiency.
Further, AMD Preisdent & CEO Lisa Su stated at the company’s Q4 2015 Earnings Call that Zen-based CPUs will bring greater than 40% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC) over their current lineup – which is undoubtedly a great jump by any standard.
Last but not least, these new FX CPUs include support for a new socket with DDR4 memory and PCI Express Gen 3.0.
In other news, AMD is hosting their “Capsaicin” live webcast today at GDC 2016 where they’ll give “a sneak peak of Polaris” as well as launch their dual Fiji Fury X2 graphics card, which is now allegedly called the Radeon Pro Duo. So stay tuned!