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AMD slide shows Zen CPU offers double FX 8350 performance

by Mark Tyson on 26 May 2016, 09:31

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A slide revealed at an AMD investor meeting shows comparative performance between AMD's eagerly anticipated Zen CPUs and earlier generation processors from the chipmaker. Of the two comparative graphs revealed in the slide, the most interesting is on the right, where we see that the 'Summit' processor for high end desktops appears to provide double the 'Orochi' score in Cinebench multi-threaded compute tests. Summit Ridge processors include AMD Zen CPUs and Orochi is the codename for the AMD FX 8350 CPU.

Tech site WCCFTech uncovered the above slide and did a bit of maths based upon the graphs. It came to the conclusion that the upcoming Zen CPU, as performance charted above, will be direct competition for the octa-core Intel Core i7 5960X. There's quite a lot of assumptions in there, considering the sketchy graphs, with the one on the right probably (but not necessarily) sharing the same axes/scale as the other graph.

On the topic of the upcoming Zen processors, a wafer shot of AMD's octa-core Summit die is thought to have been 'accidentally' revealed by AMD at its shareholder's meeting earlier this month. Tech commentators over at SemiAccurate are largely of the opinion that the wafer shot reveals that each Zen module will comprise of; four cores, an L3 cache in the centre and a DDR4 interface on top, with a South Bridge to the top right. Furthermore some suggest that on the bottom right of the chip is a Global Memory Interconnect (GMI) for chip-to-chip communication.

It will likely be the end of this year before we see Zen-based high end desktop processors. AMD does have new desktop processors to show us soon though, the "launch of 7th Generation AMD A-Series Processors, Polaris updates and more," are scheduled for Computex in less than a week.



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Planning on building a new system early next year, will be interesting to see whether Zen is any good and I can have an all AMD system, or whether it will end up being Intel + Nvidia/AMD.

All boils down to best performance for the £££
Slide displays ‘Orochi’ (aka FX 8350)… it's all in the detail, Mark! ;-)
Where did the 2x performance come from exactly, that graph could be any scale they like as we've all seen it before where they start at some number other than 0 and have a tiny section blown up to make it look better.

Don't get me wrong I would love to see AMD put pressure on Intel if for nothing more than reducing prices but I'll be waiting until it's released before getting my hopes up :)
LSG501
Where did the 2x performance come from exactly, that graph could be any scale they like as we've all seen it before where they start at some number other than 0 and have a tiny section blown up to make it look better.

Don't get me wrong I would love to see AMD put pressure on Intel if for nothing more than reducing prices but I'll be waiting until it's released before getting my hopes up :)

Have a look on the left axis or better still, perhaps hit the WCCF source link & have a read. Its Cinebench R15 - which observes the 2x perf jump.

The red capes are coming…………
I'm sure there will be carefully chosen benchmarks where Zen can double Fx8350. If each Zen core has the same SSE/AVX throughput as an Fx module, then with 8 cores vs 4 modules that is a potential doubling right there in things like compressing HD video files.

What people are really going to be interested in though is how it copes with single thread loads like WoW that used to favour Intel. That gives a step change in how the platform feels. Then there are things like database performance where AMD used to get hammered (which is particularly sad when Fx was clearly intended as an integer heavy server part to get thrashed in basic integer compute tasks like that).