Few hours left to go for the event but we already have more info on Zen
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) is only few hours away from hosting its New Horizon event where it will talk more about Zen; the most ambitious microprocessor architecture for AMD as of yet. The event will be an hands-on experience for the public and it suggests Zen is on track for its official Q1 2017 release.
Ahead of the event, Videocardz has leaked the presentation slides we’ll be seeing later on during the show. As the previous trademark filing revealed, the 8-core Summit Ridge desktop processor is named “Ryzen”. This is the high-end CPU in Summit Ridge lineup based on Zen architecture and it will go head-to-head against the likes of Intel Corporation’s (NASDAQ:INTC) Core i7 7700K and X variants.
Ryzen features eight cores and two threads per cores, making for 16 threads in total. It is clocked at 3.4GHz but the interesting thing is, it can go beyond the frequency. AMD’s new Extended Frequency Range (XFR) feature allows the processor to detect thermal headroom and scale the frequency above the ordinary Precision Boost limit. Ryzen’s clock speed will vary between air cooling, water cooling and LN2 cooling. XFR requires no user configuration and is a completely automated feature, allowing everyone to enjoy the benefits even if they do not possess overclocking knowledge.
Whether or not the lower end six-core and quad-core variants in the lineup are also called Ryzen remains to be seen. It is possible that the SR3, SR5 and SR9 codenames we learned about are simply codenames and AMD will offer Summit Ridge under the Ryzen product name.