AMD Zen: 8 Core 16 Thread CPU Could Beat Intel At The $300 Mark
Intel has dominated the CPU market for as long as we can remember but AMD has made a splash here and there. AMD Zen seems like a competitive offering from the red team that might be able to make a noticeable impact on the CPU market and it might be enough to knock Intel off its high horse.
Reports claim that the AMD Zen 8 Core 16 thread CPU will be able to beat Intel at its game at the $300 mark. If you think about value for money getting 8 cores for $300 is amazing plus the hyper threading to top it all off.
Talking about clock speeds AMD Zen hit the 3.8GHz mark back in August. Newer reports claim a faster clock speed of 4.2GHz. Word has it that 5GHz clock speed can be achieved with liquid nitrogen cooling.
Here are come updates regarding AMD Zen:
- There are some errata issues present in the current testing samples, similar in a way to the TLB bug of the Phenom. The workaround right now is done via the BIOS. The workaround, however, strips around 30 ~ 40% of the CPU performance.
- The CPUs are well behind schedule and every day there’s real progress and bug fixing being done. Unlike with INTEL’s E0 CPUs which make it to the wild that are almost completely final silicon. AMD’s samples will continue to get bug fixes right up until retail spec sampling to partners.
- In August Clock speeds were 3.8GHz, right now 4.2GHz overclocking is possible, with LN2 5GHz is doable. Again this will change of course, but it is just the current silicon that is behaving like this.
- Operating voltages (nominal) are 1.3v and all the way up to 1.5v should be fine it seems for AIO cooling. Frequency scaling isn’t a strong point but again that may have everything to do with the process at this point rather than an inherent design limitation.
- Can’t speak to how well the IMC is working as current samples are locked to low DRAM frequencies (2133MHz and lower) and of course this has an impact on performance.
- As stated in the beginning, every week is progress and AMD is working at an unprecedented rate to get these ready by March.
- You’re unlikely to see any high end boards for the CPUs prior to launch or at launch, simply because no vendors can commit to too much right now as plenty is changing at a rapid rate.
- All overclocking is done via Overdrive, you can’t change any performance features at all in the BIOS (on to that next) at all.
- BIOS or UEFI is actually built into the CPU, so only AMD can update the “BIOS” or microcode. All overclocking must take place within the Operating system
Are you excited about AMD Zen?