AMD Zen Release Date, Latest News & Update: Benchmark Results Spotted Online; Should Intel Be Worried?

By Arianne Gift , Updated Nov 18, 2016 07:12 AM EST

Recently leaked online are the SiSoft Sandra benchmark results for AMD's forthcoming Zen CPU architecture. The yet-to-be released 64-core, 128-thread SoC server platform will make AMD Zen a huge competitor for the high-powered Intel processors.

The AMD Zen benchmark results were first seen at the NewCitaviaBlog by user DresdenBoy. However, the post was immediately taken down but screenshots are still making its rounds on the Internet. The leak showed the platform code and the complete product string titled "4x AMD Diesel Platform, 2S145A4VIHE4_29/14_N, 16 C."

A report states that the Naples platform goes by the codename: 2S1451A4VIHE4_29/14_N. It comprises a CPU complex with four cores connected to 8M of L3 cache. Given it is merely an engineering sample, the produced performance isn't at all that superior, despite being a 64-chip. The AMD Zen benchmark tests were unable to detect its new abilities.

However, the upcoming AMD Zen processor is already expected to be a powerhouse and is already being compared to Intel's Kaby Lake chips. The Zen range uses a rather small 14nm FinFET architecture that's tinier than previous AMD chips. Still, the Zen will have more power efficiency.

Intel's upgrade on their Skylake processors gave birth to the Kaby Lake chips. Changes on both Intel processors were not seen as great as they should have, however. The AMD Zen, on the other hand, promises 40 percent more performance scalability. This doesn't quite cement Zen's superiority, but tech junkies and the like are already keeping an eye out on the upcoming chip.

Since the Kaby Lake is released way ahead of the AMD Zen range, Intel still has an advantage over the latter, especially when it comes to the best high-powered laptops. AMD processors have been known to be more suited to gaming ordeals, given its impressive horsepower. Moreover, the Zen range is said to be far more affordable than Intel's line.

Despite the leak, the power of the AMD Zen range remains to be seen. What makes for a better option won't be revealed until its release next year.

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