AMD introduces ZEN processors for the first time ever: a promise of record performance and real competition for Intel • HWzone

AMD introduces ZEN processors for the first time ever: a promise of record performance and real competition for Intel

At yesterday's conference, the processor developer presented the technologies behind its new processor architecture, which promises to be a relevant choice for those looking for On their computers without compromise and without discounts

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It was a long time since my employer Be relevant and popular with home computer users. The promise at a conference just yesterday sparked expectations and real competition again in the domestic processor world: "The flagship processor is capable of competing with the 8 core processor Intel i7-6900K. "

Let's start with the architecture: ZEN is a processor produced in the 14 nanometer process with FinFET transistors, and brings an entirely new internal structure. Unlike previous processors of the company in the last five years, it is not based on Older.


The great emphasis on designing ZEN processors is the efficiency and speed of execution and processing of operations. One of the reasons that the latest Bulldozer and Piledriver processors have such lukewarm performance in single core operations is a slow, cumbersome communication process between the parts of the processors. Without going into too many complicated technical details, She performed in my lab It is a parallel processing of previously performed serial operations - resulting in significantly reduced data processing time.

In her demo At the conference she introduced how fast the ZEN processor is in certain operations. The processor it uses contains 8 cores and 16 capillaries. Such a combination exists in Intel processors under a technology called HyperThreading and seems to be this time Adopts the idea without resistance. No more secondary cores to be compared to core cores. Faced with this processor has set No less than the thousand dollar monster's , God- i7-6900K which also has 8 cores and 16 capillaries.

The two processors were not tested in a completely fair manner, but at the same frequency to show how they both behaved exactly at 3 GHz. In the renderer test of the Blender it ran, we observed the ZEN processor bypassing the monster of Not a big gap.


At this stage we do not know what the processor frequency will be As a shelf product. It 's Comes in a frequency of 3.2 and can reach up to 4 GHz with turbo capability. To be a real competition, the ZEN processor will also have to reach such respected frequencies and not sit somewhere below the 3 GHz line. However, it is already pretty clear that the Zen processors will be offered at prices significantly lower than the counterparts of .

When it comes to strong parallel processing, ZEN seems to be going to deliver the goods. At the moment, we do not know which power consumption, not even at what price, but there is a different aspect of Including the Will also have to meet the core performance of the individual.


This is mainly because of computer games. If this processor wants to market itself as the one that is suitable for gamers, it should maintain a single core performance. Thus, perhaps cutting from the structure of 8 cores and 16 capillaries to that of 4 cores and 8 capillaries will enable it to work at a significantly higher frequency and compete with Such as successful i5-6500 The popular- i7-6700.

Along with high performance, the ZEN processors are expected to bring all new and demanding technologies to modern motherboards. The memory used is of the type , And motherboards will also find interfaces Such as M.2 capable of running drives And SATA Express side interfaces 3.0.

AMD is still not giving a release date to the ZEN processors and the forecast is currently in the window between February and May next year. We hope and stick to truly competitive performance and an accessible price that will bring back the To the masses.

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