AMD Ready to Take On Intel Kaby Lake-S with Zen CPUs; First Shipments Coming in Q4 2016
During AMD’s quarterly earnings call, CEO Lisa Su confirmed that the first shipments of their high end Zen CPUs will hit retail by the end of this year however, supplies will be limited until Q1 2017. This is when Zen will be available in full range to users planning to build off their new PCs with AMD’s latest chip.
Su had the following to say during the company’s Q2 earnings call:
We have been very focused on the server launch for first half of 2017. Desktop should launch before that. In terms of true volume ability, I believe it will be in the first quarter of 2017. We may ship some limited volume towards the end of the fourth quarter, based on how bring up goes and the customer readiness.
AMD Zen CPUs will be based on the 14nm process node delivering 40% more IPC (Instructions Per Clock) than their existing Bulldozer architecture. If a recent leak is to be believed, these new high performance chips will feature 4-32 cores which will target Laptops to Desktop and Server platforms.
According to the leak, the SKUs designed for the AM4 socket include quad-core and octa-core chips having TDPs of up to 95W–the same as Intel’s upcoming 7th gen Kaby Lake-S desktop processors which are also set to arrive in Q4 2016. The TDPs are fairly low especially when we consider that the Zen based chips will support simultaneous multithreading (SMT) technology.
Back at the E3 2016, AMD showcased the Zen based Summit Ridge family of FX processors featuring eight cores and 16 threads. AMD claimed that the chips will achieve performance parity with Intel’s latest generation desktop CPUs. Not only that but the Zen CPUs will launch with very competitive prices as well, as AMD eyes to take back the mainstream market share.