AMD Ryzen CPU Release Date, Specs, News & Update: AMD Best Chip Family Yet Coming In Q1 2017

By Christopher John Alerta , Updated Dec 14, 2016 08:08 PM EST

At long last, a clearer picture has now been drawn to see whether purchasing AMD's latest CPU — AMD Zen (now Ryzen)— is worth its consumers' bucks. And without dilly-dallying, Advanced Micro Devices' latest offering is a behemoth in its own, which technically annihilates all its competition now.

According to PC Gamer, AMD has finally announced the official name of its new processor, to the tune of its former moniker: AMD Ryzen. It's clearly a homage to the firm's Zen codename, ultimately an easier take to market than the former. Further, the company has retained the same name for its architecture. As such, Ryzen will still refer to the consumer models of the Zen family.

Meanwhile, an official word on the different models from the Zen family has yet to be confirmed by AMD. This also goes to the release dates of these variants. Nevertheless, the new information and the much-needed additional demonstrations as of late have ultimately shed further light to AMD Ryzen's powerful specifications.

AMD Ryzen is set to sport an 8-core/16-thread parts which will be clocked at 3.4GHz or even higher. In addition, the CPU will be equipped with SenseMI along with automatic overclocking and improved cooling. Ryzen is also expected to come with TDP for the 8C/16T parts which is 95W. It should also equal or outpace the i7 -6900K in multiple tests. As such, the unit should be much more scalable than usual (e.g.,32-core Naples). Moreover, AMD has Vega GPUs up and running in a Ryzen system.

AMD Ryzen, with these powerful offerings, should be able perform well in both gaming and professional applications. This particular outing was shown off with an event last week, which showcased demos that comprised of 4K gaming and video editing which are both GPU-demanding. AMD is currently boasting its forthcoming CPU at 3.4GHz, which is a 400 MHz.

AMD Ryzen is expected to be shipped during the first quarter of 2017. Meanwhile, AMD is also slated to release its Server processors the quarter after.

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