AMD’s Zen based Summit Ridge processors have been widely discussed in the processor industry. There have been several rumors speculating the launch date of the Summit Ridge Processors. And the latest rumor from Chinese sources is based on an official letter from MAXSUN, the company that’s co-operating with AMD. For mainland China, in case you aren’t aware, AMD has selected MAXSUN as its key partner for shipping high-performance AM4 motherboards.
AMD’s Summit Ridge Processors To Launch on Jan 17th
If rumors are to be believed, AMD is all set to launch Summit Ridge processors on 17th Jaunuary, 2017. There are also rumors about March release. But, going by the company’s agenda, the March release will likely include the launch of more SKUs. One other way of adding weight to these rumors would be to expect AMD to announce details about Summit Ridge at CES 2017, the same venue where Intel will launch Kaby Lake desktop processors.
AMD’s Summit Ridge processors are likely to be priced around $250. This processor will match the performance of Intel’s Core i7-6850K CPU. Intel’s core has 6 cores and 12 threads, while Zen based upcoming chip will sport 8 cores and 16 threads. The Summit Ridge processors are optimized for around 3.15-3.30GHz base clock and 3.5GHz boost clock on FinFET process. The FinFET process is an extremely complicated, advanced technology node that is also extremely power-efficient. Given that FinFET technology can provide an overall performance boost, the Summit Ridge can easily overclock to 4.2GHz. Again, these clock speeds are based on collective information gathered from several sources/rumors and so need to taken with a pinch of salt.
Rumors also hint at AMD having special overclocking variants. These overclocking variants are likely to be priced higher – above $500 or so. The best part about these variants – albeit the extra cost – is that they will have very minimal restrictions on overclocking. With a TDP at 95W, the variants leave a lot of room for experimenting with higher frequencies
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