AMD’s Zen Summit Ridge 8-core CPUs On Par With Intel i7 5960X Extreme
Speculations around AMD Zen processors have been making rounds for months. Hopes are high that these next generation CPUs would help the company re-enter into the high-performance desktop market, finally catching up to Intel. Now, AMD has just revealed how powerful its upcoming processors will be.
According to AMD, Zen will deliver double the performance of their previous FX 8350, bringing them on par with Intel’s eight core i7 5960X Extreme Edition. Zen based CPUs are also revealed to offer beyond 40% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC) over the current Excavator lineup.
This may sound pretty impressive on paper, but AMD has also published the real-world performance comparison for Zen for the first time ever.
The comparison shows just how improved the eight-core Summit Ridge offering is compared to their “Orochi” quad module, which is also an eight-core die that powered the FX 8350.
Performance-wise, each Zen core is equivalent to two Piledriver cores. Considering Excavator cores are roughly 15% faster per clock than Piledriver, this means Zen would offer 60% more performance per clock than Piledriver – which in turn puts it in direct competition with Intel i7 5960X.
AMD’s highly-anticipated Summit Ridge will be available in both six- and eight-core arrangements. AMD Summit Ridge CPU Die has also leaked out, which reveals four Zen based cores, 16MB of L3 cache, and a dual-channel DDR4 memory controller, in addition to an integrated south bridge.
AMD is expected to launch its Zen Summit Ridge eight-core CPUs in October on the company’s all-new desktop platform based on AM4 socket.