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AMD's Zen CPU Silicon will only be used for 8-core CPUs initially

AMD's Zen CPU Silicon will only be used for 8-core CPUs initially

AMD's Zen CPU Silicon will only be used for 8-core CPUs initially

AMD's Zen CPU Silicon will only be used for 8-core CPUs initially

 

It is rumored that AMD's Zen CPU Silicon will only be used to make 8-core CPUs initially, meaning that AMD will not be making and specific Quad Core Zen-based silicon, or higher end 12-core CPUs. AMD's Zen CPUs are designed around quad core modules, meaning that Zen based silicon can only be manufactured with core counts that are multiples of 4. 

This does not mean that AMD will not be releasing a Quad Core Zen CPU later this year, it just means that if AMD does release one it will be an 8-core core unit with 4 non-functioning cores lasered off or disabled with microcode. 

AMD's Bristol Ridge of CPUs will be making up the low end of AMD's product stack on the AM4 socket, meaning that will be dual and quad core CPUs based on Bristol Ridge/Excavator based silicon. So AMD only needs to focus on the mid-high with their Zen based products. 

 

AMD's Zen CPU Silicon will only be used for 8-core CPUs initially  

In the past, it has been common for AMD to make up the lower end of their lineup with CPUs that have had CPU cores/modules disabled, with all of AMD's piledriver lineup being made up of the same 8-core silicon with different parts of the silicon disabled depending on yields and functionality. This allowed AMD in the past to make 4, 6 and 8 core variants of their FX series of CPUs, despite all using the same 8-core silicon.  

Right now we do not know exactly how AMD's Zen lineup will be made, though we expect Quad core, Hex core and Octo core variants of Zen, though this time AMD will also have SMT (Hyperthreading) to potentially differentiate some of the CPUs in their lineup. This could be done in a similar way to what Intel does with their i5 and i7 ranges of desktop CPUs, with lower end CPUs having hyperthreading disabled and higher end CPUs having that ability enabled.

 

You can join the discussion on AMD's Zen CPUs on the OC3D Forums.    

 

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05-05-2016, 12:25:02

NeverBackDown
Hopefully the 8 core is competitive then. Everything is going to bank on initial reviews for themQuote

05-05-2016, 13:09:21

Dicehunter
I REALLY want Zen to be amazing, I keep saying it but I would love to finally have an all AMD build Quote

05-05-2016, 13:23:38

AngryGoldfish
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
I REALLY want Zen to be amazing, I keep saying it but I would love to finally have an all AMD build
I know, I would as well. It doesn't have to topple a 6700K for me to invest in it. All it has to have is equal the performance of a 4790K at a cheaper price with a decent selection of motherboards and I'll be happy.Quote

05-05-2016, 13:32:44

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
I know, I would as well. It doesn't have to topple a 6700K for me to invest in it. All it has to have is equal the performance of a 4790K at a cheaper price with a decent selection of motherboards and I'll be happy.
Like I said previously, just has to be competitive. If they can match at least Haswell I7s, OC pretty well, and have really good chipsets/boards at launch, i think it would turn out to be a success so long as it's priced accordingly to it's performance.Quote

05-05-2016, 13:52:57

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
I know, I would as well. It doesn't have to topple a 6700K for me to invest in it. All it has to have is equal the performance of a 4790K at a cheaper price with a decent selection of motherboards and I'll be happy.
For me to invest in an AMD setup it would at the very least have to match what Intel has out currently.Quote
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