The rumour mill has been churning out some new information regarding AMD's upcoming Zen architecture processors this week. According to someone supposedly familiar with AMD's internal tests, the upcoming Zen CPUs have met the company's own expectations and they have found no significant bottlenecks. While this may well be true, this is still rumour and should be taken with a pinch of salt, as the source of this information is a little shaky.
This all stems from a post coming from someone going by the online name ‘Lurker' on the RealWorldTech forums. He claims to be in touch with someone who worked at AMD, who helped design the L2 cache for Zen, with the sole purpose of being competitive against Intel. However, while performance expectations have been met, AMD has apparently yet to finalize specifications for clock speeds or TDP.
We already know that AMD is expecting its new Zen cores to deliver 40 per cent more instructions per clock over the older Bulldozer architecture, so assuming this new information is correct, then it would seem that AMD has met that goal. AMD's Zen processors have been in the making for quite some time now, so hopefully they will be as competitive against Intel's counterparts as it is hoping. Maybe we will see the CPU market shaken up a bit this time next year.
KitGuru Says: The source on this is a little shaky so take this information with a pinch of salt. However, assuming its all true, then it would seem that we have quite a bit to look forward to in the CPU market next year. Are any of you running an AMD CPU right now? Have you been waiting on Zen to upgrade?