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AMD Zen chips to debut on 17th January: Chinese mobo maker

by Mark Tyson on 18 November 2016, 13:01

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AMD will begin to roll out its Zen processors aimed at high end desktops (HEDT) on 17th January, says a new rumour from China. According to a post on Baidu, citing a motherboard manufacturer, the first chips released will be high-end AMD Zen chips priced between US$200-300, and be part of the AMD Zen SR7 range. It is thought that these processors will be announced at the CES 2017 show a week earlier. AMD has previously officially confirmed that its Zen HEDT chips will be the first to hit the market.

AMD Zen processors are expected to be launched in three 'SR' (short for Summit Ridge') ranges; SR7, SR5 and SR3. AMD's top HEDT processors, the SR7 range, will be launched first. The Chinese source found information about the launch from AMD partner MAXSUN, a motherboard maker. Most SR7 SKUs will be priced around the 1500-2000 Yuan range ($250-$300) according to MAXSUN (and the recent ChipHell image, above) but special 95W OC variants from the SR7 stable will cost as much as 3000 Yuan (~$500 US).

The best AMD Zen SR7 chips will be configured as 8C/16T parts and are said by MAXSUN to be competitive with the likes of Intel's $600 Core i7-6850K processor with 6C/12T in Cinebench. AMD previously demonstrated a Zen engineering sample with comparable performance to an Intel Broadwell-E 8C/16T processor, in Blender.

Official AMD Zen slide from August presentation

MAXSUN mentions an improvement on the 3GHz speeds we saw with Zen engineering samples. The first chips will offer between 3.15 to 3.3GHz base and 3.5GHz boost frequencies with conventional OC speeds reaching 4.2GHz, or up to 5GHz on LN2.

After the SR7 HEDT processor range launch in January, MAXSUN says that further releases relevant to its customers (it is making X370 and B350 chipset based motherboards) will come in March. Perhaps that's the time when we will see Zen SR5 and SR3 ranges launched.

Please remember that much of the above Zen release information is not from an official source. Take it with a pinch of salt and look forward to January.



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8 core Zen and a Radeon 490 could be my next gaming / video editing rig, lets just hope the prices are good!
As with all of Zen. I hope it will be good, but till we see the reviews and actual hardware its just hope.
I want Zen to impress me and show me that AMD is still pushing forward. I am ready to finally move to Intel but I've held off long enough and am thoroughly looking forward to the reviews, benchmarks and hopefully a reasonably clean launch. It's been in development long enough!
I really do hope that AMD's top of the line zen is comparable to intels socket 2011 offerings while being at those low prices mentioned. That would really shake up the prices for new pc's again..especially for those of us who can make use of all those cores :)
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I really do hope that AMD's top of the line zen is comparable to intels socket 2011 offerings while being at those low prices mentioned. That would really shake up the prices for new pc's again..especially for those of us who can make use of all those cores :)

Exactly what I am thinking, doing a lot of video editing the extra cores will be very helpful.