AMD’s Dec 13 event “New Horizon” was full of laudable performance demonstrations. AMD chief executive and president Lisa Su took the state to present one demo after another, flaunting the performance enhancements Zen is bringing along to boost user experience on multiple fronts including gaming, rendering, streaming, as well as video transcoding.

Here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know about AMD RYZEN CPUs:


First and foremost, RYZEN is the official brand name of AMD’s next-generation Zen CPUs codenamed “Summit Ridge”. The official launch is expected to happen sometime during the first quarter of 2017, although rumors are rife that AMD is planning to do it next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

All RYZEN CPUs will be compatible with the next-generation AM4 desktop platform featuring DDR4 memory support, third-generation PCIE, second-generation USB 3.1, SATA Express, and NVMe. They will come with eight cores with the ability to handle 16 threads at any given time and a base clock of 3.4 GHz or higher at launch.

RYZEN will be more powerful than the best from Intel?

The TDP stands at 95 watts which is 45 watts less compared to RYZEN’s counterpart from Intel. On a one-on-one standoff against Intel’s fastest eight-core and 16 thread product (the $1199 worth the $1199 Broadwell-E. i7 6900K), RYZEN fares a lot better when it comes to power efficiency.

AMD boasts that RYZEN CPUs will have the ability to auto-overclock themselves to deliver the maximum attainable clock speed under any cooling condition — including liquid, LN2, and air cooling.

Apart from that, all RYZEN CPUs will have hundreds of integrated sensors for constantly monitoring a number of parameters such as voltage, cache traffic, and temperature. Finally, they will also feature an advanced artificial intelligence framework with a native neural network designed to self-train and increase adaptability to different codes and apps.


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