AMD Zen ES Specs Leaked, 4- & 8-Core Chips Coming with Fairly Low TDPs
Rumors regarding AMD Zen have been making rounds since last year. Built using the 14nm FinFET process technology, the new CPU architecture is set to deliver 40% more IPC (Instructions Per Clock) than their existing Bulldozer architecture. Today, new details about the AMD Zen specs have leaked out, which have been confirmed by the reputable Dresdenboy as well.
According to leaked information, Zen engineering samples are currently set at revision A0. There are four chips out there which feature 4, 8, 24 and 32 cores. The first two SKUs are designed for the AM4 socket, while the other two are server focused. TDPs of these Zen ES chips are as follows:
- AM4 4 cores with 65W TDP
- AM4 8 cores with 95W TDP
- SP3 24 cores with 150W TDP
- SP3 32 cores with 180W TDP
Given AMD Zen supports simultaneous multithreading (SMT), the TDPs are fairly low which shows AMD has made a mssive leap in the power efficiency department.
Further, the quad- and octa-core AM4 chips feature 8 and 16 threads, respectively. Both Zen ES samples run at clock speeds of 2.8 GHz stock and 3.2 GHz boost. The quad-core variant would feature 2 MB L2 cache and 8MB L3 cache, while the amount gets doubled for octa-core variant.
AMD revealed the octa-core Zen based Summit Ridge CPU at this year’s Computex event in Taiwan. Zen will be a high-performance CPU which the company claims would compete directly with Intel’s Skylake offerings not only in terms of performance and power, but also price. First AMD Zen based products are rumored to launch in January 2017 at CES 2017.