If AMD can achieve a decent level of performance from Zen while competing with Intel's prices, we may finally have some competition in the CPU space once more. The event will be hosted by Geoff Keighley, the famous Canadian video game journalist and television presenter.
AMD plans to begin shipping retail Zen SKUs in Q1 2017, so the trickle of information will soon turn into a flood.
AMD are getting ready to release their new Zen CPU during the first quarter of next year; and now, ahead of that release, they have announced that they will be previewing the chip at The Game Awards this Thursday. We do know that eSports and Evil Geniuses "legend" PPD will (apparently) do some live gaming on a Zen system, and the company also notes that there will be appearances from other special guests and prize giveaways. The preview will be streamed at 1 p.m. PST on December 13. Gamers wouldn't want to miss this event! The mid-variant, SR5, which is said to have 6 cores and 12 threads, is priced at $250, while the higher end variant, SR7, costs $350 with 8 cores and a 16-thread configuration.
Reading between the lines, it's possible AMD will show off the rumored quad-core version of Zen.
Although the specs details of the upcoming processor chip are still not verified, tech experts noted that it may rival Intel's Core i7-6850K or the i7-7700K - the leading chipsets in the current market. The company's switch back to Simultaneous Multi-Threading (hyperthreading) allows each core to run two threads just like Intel chips, so even the ten-core Core i7 6950X with a 3GHz base and 3.5GHz Turbo is a benchmark to consider.