AMD Unveils 8-core Zen Based Summit Ridge CPU, Delivers 40% More IPC
A couple of weeks ago, AMD confirmed that it will be revealing its 14nm Zen CPUs during Computex on June 1st. Well it’s June 1st and AMD has kept its promise, by revealing Zen-based Summit Ridge CPU at the end of their Computex 2016 event.
AMD CEO Lisa Su showed the first ever Zen architecture based Summit Ridge CPU. This latest chip was revealed to several members of the AMD press event. AMD Summit Ridge CPU will be available in the market by the end of the year.
The chip AMD showed at the event features design similar to the of FX-Series processors. If you look closely at the chip, you’ll find that it has no pins on the bottom side, which creates a possibility that AMD is moving away from AM3+ sockets. Looks like ditching old CPU sockets is becoming a trend this year for the companies, as Intel is also discontinuing LGA 2011-3 and introducing LGA 3647 sockets.
However, AMD has confirmed that AM4 sockets is already being shipped to OEMs and will be available in the market along with 7th generation desktop APUs.
While AMD Summit Ridge CPU showing was brief, Lisa Su did reveal that AMD Summit Ridge FX-Series processor will deliver 40% IPC (Instructions Per Clock) improvement over the existing Bulldozer architecture.
AMD also confirmed that its Zen based Summit Ridge CPU features 8 cores and 16 threads. These chips will go toe to toe with Intel’s current generation chips, as AMD has mentioned that they have achieved parity in performance.
Not only did AMD reveal Zen based Summit Ridge CPU, but the company also unleashed its Radeon RX 480 built on 14 nm FinFet process technology. This graphics card is designed to deliver great performance, but not enough to directly compete with Nvidia’s GTX 1080 and GTX 1070.
AMD plans to release the Zen based Summit Ridge CPU first for desktop PCs, then the company will move towards servers, notebooks, and embedded sectors.