Its getting closer and closer folks. Rumours from AMD’s Chinese partner, MAXSUN, suggest that the company is planning to launch its highly anticipated Zen-based processors on 17 January. If this were to be the case, then it would most likely mean that AMD will be making the announcement during CES 2017.
Similar to what has been reported before, AMD’s upcoming Zen-based processors (Summit Ridge) will first be made to cater for the high-end desktop market. These processors will be categorised into three different ‘series’: SR3, SR5, and SR7 – much like Intel’s Core i3, i5 and i7 naming scheme.
Performance-wise, Zen CPUs are said to come with clock speeds higher than 3.0GHz. In fact, sources report that Zen-based processors will boast base clock speeds ranging from 3.15GHz up to 3.3GHz; and will be capable of boosting up to 3.5GHz. Surprisingly, some Zen CPUs may also be easily overclocked to 4.2GHz and up to a whooping 5.0GHz using LN2.
That said, do take this one with a grain of salt until AMD officially releases an announcement. Regardless, 2017 is shaping up to be one interesting year for AMD, with Zen possibly launching in January and its Vega GPUs to launch after.