AMD Zen Release Date, News & Update: Leaked Photo Proves AMD Zen’s Hype Level Is 10/10

By Arianne Gift , Updated Dec 12, 2016 03:57 AM EST

AMD Zen's New Horizon event will be live a few hours from now, and fans are getting antsier by the moment. Scheduled on December 13, the groundbreaking Zen CPU event will be hosted by Geoff Keighley, the Canadian TV presenter and video game journalist. As if the hype isn't real enough, a picture of AMD's 16-core SoC Naples enterprise chip was unveiled for the first time in a dual-socket motherboard.

The pictured 32-thread CPU is designed to rival Intel's Xeon range. Already impressive in its own accord, it is not AMD Zen's full extent yet. A 32-core, 64-thread is also in the works and is set to compete with Intel's E7-8890 v4, and tech junkies are already raving about it on Reddit.

AMD Zen Naples: Why It's Such A Big Deal

Earlier this year, the AMD Zen range revealed its dual-socket prototype board armed with 32-core Naples CPU, featuring 64 cores and 128 threads. It's kind of weird looking at it because it's rather large; bigger than AMD's Summit Ridge package.

AMD Zen's Naples comes in LGA (Land Grid Array) config, which means the pins are placed in the socket and not onto the CPU itself. Another thing is, the 16-core version make other Summit Ridge processors seem tiny. Whatever the reason for AMD's new design is, it certainly makes it a top-tier server curiosity, which makes the New Horizon event tomorrow worth a watch.

The Future of AMD Zen

Piledriver, AMD's last entry in the server market, marked the company's success in infiltrating the market forefronted by Intel. With AMD Zen, AMD has conquered another frontier, thanks to Jim Keller's initiative in continuing the company's line of successful processors, the original Opteron and the original Athlon.

At this point, it's safe to assume that the AMD Zen initiative is a success; a proof of which is the public performance demo that the company aced a few months ago, reports WCCFTech. Tomorrow's event will help AMD prove its point all the more. You can watch it live, 3 pm CST, at AMD's official site.

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