AMD Zen Summit Ridge Processors Rumored For 17th January Launch – Performance on Par With Core i7-6850K at $250-$300 US Pricing

Latest rumors regarding AMD's Zen based Summit Ridge processors have just emerged from Chinese sources. The rumors are based off an official letter from MAXSUN who are cooperating with AMD in offering AM4 boards in the Chinese mainland region.

AMD's Next-Generation Summit Ridge Processors With Zen Cores Rumored For Launch on 17th January

Now there are several parts to this rumor and we should start off with the launch date. The rumor alleges that AMD is going to launch Summit Ridge processors on 17th January 2017. The January launch inclines with AMD's claim of a Q1 2017 launch for Zen based enthusiast chips. However, there's also a mention of March release of new processors so that may indicate launch of more SKUs. We know that the first SKUs will be aimed at HEDT (High-End Desktop), Enthusiast users so more budget oriented chips will arrive later.

AMD has already selected Maxsun as a key partner for shipping high-performance AM4 motherboards in the mainland China region. They will be offering both X370 and B350 chipset based motherboards to consumers. Several other manufacturers are also readying new, high-end boards to support the upcoming Summit Ridge processors.

If the January launch holds any truth, then we expect AMD to release several details regarding Summit Ridge CPUs at CES 2017. Intel is also expected to launch their Kaby Lake desktop processors at CES 2017. This will mark a battle between the companies in the desktop CPU space after several years.

Next Generation AMD CPUs And APUs

WCCFTechAMD Summit RidgeAMD Pinnacle RidgeAMD Bristol RidgeAMD Raven RidgeAMD Gray Hawk
Family NameRyzenTBDAMD 7th Gen A-SeriesRyzenTBD
Product ArchitectureZenZen Refresh / Zen 2ExcavatorZenZen 2
Process Node14nm12nm28nm14nm14nm
CPU CoresUp to 8Up to 8Up to 4Up to 4Up to 4
GPU ArchitectureN/AN/ACaribbean IslandsVegaNavi
Memory SupportDDR4DDR4DDR4DDR4DDR4
Launch201720182016 (Mobile)
2017 (Desktop)
2017 (Mobile)
2018 (Desktop)

AMD Summit Ridge Processors With $250-$300 US Pricing To Have Performance Equivalent To Intel's Core i7-6850K

AMD will ready several variants for their Summit Ridge processors. Yesterday, we talked about the branding scheme and price targets for these processors. The Zen SR7 series will be the top-end parts and are expected to be priced around $250 US. The source mentions that a 1500-2000 Yuan SKU that rounds up to $250-$300 US will have performance on par with Intel's Core i7-6850K CPU. The Zen based chip will feature 8 cores and 16 threads. Intel's offering has 6 cores and 12 threads.

In Cinebench rendering test, the Summit Ridge processor is as fast as the much expensive Intel Core i7-6850K. The Intel processor also costs more at $600 US. So that sounds like a pretty good deal considering the overall performance level.

It is once again mentioned that AMD will have special overclocking variants, something we discussed a few weeks back. These variants will be priced around or more than 3000 Yuan  (~$500 US). While all Zen based chips will have unlocked cores, these special variants will feature even lesser overclock restrictions and will support higher frequencies. TDP for these variants will be rated at 95W.

AMD Zen Summit Ridge Processors Currently Optimized Around 3.3 GHz Base and 3.5 GHz Boost - Up To 4.2 GHz Overclock Support, 1.5V

Moving onward, AMD has optimized the clock speeds for Summit Ridge chips around 3.15-3.30 GHz base and 3.5 GHz boost on FinFET process. The rumors currently mention that Summit Ridge can overclock to 4.2 GHz with ease and voltage can go as high as 1.5V with stability. It's also mentioned that the chip can only break the 5 GHz mark with LN2 cooling. The clock speeds are based off a rumor from a different source but Maxsun did quote it in their official statement so it might hold some legitimacy.

AMD X370 For Enthusiast AM4 Motherboards:

AMD X370 is the chipset for overclockers and tweakers who need robust platforms. This chip provides the ultimate low-level control to its users and delivers ultimate graphics card bandwidth. By bandwidth, AMD is referring to max PCI-Express lanes as this is the only chip in the stack that supports multi-GPU functionality. The chipset supports both, CFX (CrossFire) and SLI.

AMD X370 AM4, B350 AM4, A320 AM4, A300 AM4 Chipsets

AMD has mentioned two full x16 (Gen3) lanes for GPUs. AIBs can add additional lanes through a PLX chip but that would add to the cost. X370 features full overclocking support with a very sophisticated GUI that will allow the best overclock tools and experiences. Since all AM4 CPUs have an unlocked multiplier, record breakers will definitely put X370 boards to the test on liquid and LN2 setups.

The X370 platform would be recommended to overclockers and enthusiasts who want to try out these overclock-aimed Zen processors. AMD Zen definitely sounds like a well worth upgrade for several AMD fans who are looking to upgrade to a performance enriched platform that doesn't break the limits of their wallets. We can not wait to see Zen in action in Q1 2017.

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