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Potential leak points to updated Zen engineering samples

Earlier this year, we got our first look at AMD's Summit Ridge/Zen 8-core desktop processor thanks to an engineering sample leak. However, the SKUs floating around at the time were still a bit off from being the final consumer spec. However, as we get closer to the Q1 2017 launch, new engineering samples have been sent out and this week, two new SKUs were apparently spotted.

The previous engineering sample leak detailed a quad-core and an octa-core SKU, with both running at around 2.8GHz with a 3.2GHz boost clock. The quad-core chip ran at a lower 65W TDP while the eight-core variant runs at a higher 95W TDP.

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Two new samples have apparently been spotted, according to a curious poster over on the Anandtech forum. According to this post, AMD's new 8-core sample comes with AMD's own implementation of Hyper-Threading, along with a 3150MHz clock speed, which boosts up to 3300MHz.

The new quad-core sample still runs at its 65W TDP but the base clock has been bumped to 2.9GHz with a 3.1GHz boost clock. The final tidbit from the post claims that retail AM4 motherboards will have retail availability by February, hinting that we may see Zen launch sooner in the quarter, rather than later.

It is worth noting that the source of this information is unverified, so take it all with a grain of salt. This is deep rumour territory, so don't take it all as hard fact.

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KitGuru Says: It is always exciting to hear more about AMD's upcoming Zen chips, after all, it has been a while since we've had a major shake up in the CPU market. Are any of you planning on building a new system when AMD's Zen processors come out?

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