AMD Confident Zen Will Deliver on Performance



/ 2 years ago

AMD Austin Texas HQ Lone Star Campus

AMD took a blow this past week after another major departure. While some have taken Jim Keller’s departure to be negative news, we aren’t so sure. Internally though, AMD still seems to be in high spirits and hopes are high for Zen.

Speaking for the Zen design team, engineer Suzanne Plummer is optimistic:

It is the first time in a very long time that we engineers have been given the total freedom to build a processor from scratch and do the best we can do,” Plummer said. “It is a multi-year project with a really large team. It’s like a marathon effort with some sprints in the middle. The team is working very hard, but they can see the finish line. I guarantee that it will deliver a huge improvement in performance and (low) power consumption over the previous generation.

Set on a 14nm FinFET process, Zen is expected to boost IPC by 40% over current Excavator designs. While that probably won’t be enough to catch up to Intel’s Skylake, it should place Zen withing striking distance of Ivy Bridge or Haswell. This would be good enough performance to claw back sales provided pricing is competitive. Zen is set to launch in Q4 2016.

Thank you myStatesman for providing us with this information


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8 Responses to “AMD Confident Zen Will Deliver on Performance”
  1. Graham Culleton says:

    If performance is as opinioned in the artical then AMD are dead ducks. They are way behind the curve, not catching up and they are cheaper NOW which is doing them no good at all.

  2. Graham Culleton says:

    If performance is as opinioned in the artical then AMD are dead ducks. They are way behind the curve, not catching up and they are cheaper NOW which is doing them no good at all.

  3. Graham Culleton says:

    If performance is as opinioned in the artical then AMD are dead ducks. They are way behind the curve, not catching up and they are cheaper NOW which is doing them no good at all.

  4. Graham Culleton says:

    If performance is as opinioned in the artical then AMD are dead ducks. They are way behind the curve, not catching up and they are cheaper NOW which is doing them no good at all.

  5. Thomas Wootten says:

    If AMD can be at least in the same ballpark as Haswell and Skylake in IPC and clock rate it will be better for all. Intel could clearly produce a much better processor for gamers than they do, imagine Skylake i7 meets Broadwell eDRAM L4 cache and ditch the iGPU, but without serious competition they’ll just keep up the drip feed, holding back their best because they know there’s nothing to stop them releasing it as something “new” two years after it became possible.

    It’ll be too late for me though, I’m going to buy Skylake to replace my old Phenom II.

    • hellowalkman says:

      I think Zen getting Ivy Bridge IPC will be more than enough for many .. Don’t forget Intel is much much larger than AMD and have a lot more money to spend on R&D..

    • hellowalkman says:

      I think Zen getting Ivy Bridge IPC will be more than enough for many .. Don’t forget Intel is much much larger than AMD and have a lot more money to spend on R&D..

  6. Thomas Wootten says:

    If AMD can be at least in the same ballpark as Haswell and Skylake in IPC and clock rate it will be better for all. Intel could clearly produce a much better processor for gamers than they do, imagine Skylake i7 meets Broadwell eDRAM L4 cache and ditch the iGPU, but without serious competition they’ll just keep up the drip feed, holding back their best because they know there’s nothing to stop them releasing it as something “new” two years after it became possible.

    It’ll be too late for me though, I’m going to buy Skylake to replace my old Phenom II.

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