AMD Zen Rumoured to Have Passed Testing With Flying Colours
Ashley Allen / 2 years ago
AMD’s next-gen x86 CPU core architecture, codenamed Zen, has, according to rumour, been fully tested and has “met all expectation [sic]” with no “significant bottlenecks”. A source told WCCFTech that AMD and its partners are “very excited” over Zen, and that the chip could help the company be more “competitive against Intel” following the poor reception to its Fury GPU series this year.
The full text, shared by a commenter calling themselves ‘Lurker’, reads:
“Regarding Zen performance, a guy who worked for AMD (at least his linkedin profile says that) and who, as he claims, worked on designing L2 cache for Zen and K12 said that their focus was to be competitive against Intel. He no longer works there but apparently his old colleague who still works there said Zen chips have already been tested and so far “it has met all expectation” [sic] and they “haven’t found any significant bottlenecks”. Apparently they haven’t finalized the specifications for the clocks and TDP, but their partners in server market are “very excited”.
It’s not much detail, but I think if there was a problem from having only 2 AGUs, it would count as a significant bottleneck. Also this is my first post ever, I just usually lurk here and this is the first time I have something useful to add to the discussion. Please no bully.”
AMD’s 14nm Zen processors will support DDR4 memory and Simultaneous Multi-Threading Support Technology (SMT), allowing a performance increase of up to 40% Instruction Per Clock (IPC). The K12 will be Zen’s ARM equivalent.
The report from WCCFTech’s source regarding the AMD Zen and K12 CPUs has not yet been verified, so should not be taken as fact.
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