AMD Zen Based Notebooks Expected to Arrive in 2H 2017
Last month during an event held at San Francisco, AMD unveiled its much anticipated Zen architecture. The company claims that the Zen CPU is brand-new, made from scratch with multiple design advances that would the improve performance and throughput efficiency. While first Zen processors are expected to hit the shelves in February 2017, reports suggest that Zen based notebooks will start shipping sometime in the second half of the year.
Built using the same 14nm FinFET process as the AMD Polaris GPUs, Zen architecture would deliver more than 40 per cent IPC (Instructions-Per-Clock) uplift over the Excavator core.
The next-gen CPU design features significantly enhanced pre-fetcher, and better branch prediction, as well as micro-op cache for efficient op issue. This should help improve the instruction schedule window by 1.75 times and its extension resources by 1.5 times.
AMD has also demoed the real-world performance of an 8-core Zen desktop processor vesus Intel Broadwell-E i7 6900X CPU. Both processors were compared using a custom blender workload, with the AMD CPU rendering the scene in about half a second faster than Intel chip. This is a first party benchmark so we would see it with suspicion, but if the performance is anywhere as near as AMD claims then Zen is poised to be a game changer for the chip maker.
AMD has already launched their 7th-generation A-series Bristol Ridge APUs for both mainstream and gaming desktop PCs. With Zen based notebooks scheduled to land in 2H 2017, this should help open up new sources of income for the company, and finally take the fight back to Intel.