Without any competition from the red side for 5 years, AMD is finally back in the game with their latest CPU architecture, Zen. Zen’s based on a 14nm die process, theoretically making it on-par with Intel’s latest offerings in both energy efficiency and IPC. AMD has also come out with a new feature for AMD CPUs called SMT (Simultaneous Multi-threading) Which is comparable to Intel’s hyper threading. It essentially splits each core, giving you 16 threads on an 8 core chip capable of handling different tasks.
Here are some of Zen’s highlights according to AMD.
- Two threads per core (SMT)
- All new Micro-op Cache
- Up to 20MB unified Cache
- Two AES units for security
- High precision Mhz boost
- High efficiency FinFET transistors
AMD’s new processors will all use the AM4 socket, bringing DDR4, PCI-E 3.0 and a whole slew of features never before seen on AM3+ boards. It comes down to the individual board makers themselves to implement things such as USB 3.1, NVMe M.2 SSD’s and more.
The benefits and drawbacks of AMD’s Zen architecture is for a whole other article. Let’s take a look at what AMD has to offer with their new chips!
AMD Ryzen Test system specifications
- ASUS Prime X370 Pro AM4 motherboard
- Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB 2 stick kit @2400mhz
- Corsair RM750X PSU 80+ Gold Certified
- ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1070 OC
- Seagate 7200RPM 10TB Barracuda PRO
Cinebench R15 Multi
Time Spy DX12
PC Mark Creative
Those benchmark numbers look really great, what do you think? Vote below.