The AMD Tech Summit held in Sonoma, California from Dec 7-9, 2016 was not only very exclusive, it was highly secretive. The second major announcement we have been allowed to reveal is the new AMD Ryzen desktop CPU, formerly known as Summit Ridge.
Like our Radeon Instinct article, we will not only share what AMD revealed during the AMD Tech Summit at Sonoma, we will bring it to you in our videos. It will be as if you were there with us! Enjoy! 🙂
The AMD Ryzen Tech Briefing Summarised
For those who just want the quick low-down on the AMD Ryzen desktop processor, here are the key takeaway points :
- The AMD Zen “Summit Ridge” processor is officially branded as the AMD Ryzen processor.
- The first AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will officially launch in Q1, 2017.
- The AMD Zen-based server processor, codenamed Naples, will launch in Q2, 2017.
- The AMD Zen-based notebook APU, codenamed Raven Ridge, will launch in H2, 2017.
- The top Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processor SKU will have a 3.4 GHz base clock, or better. Its boost clock was not revealed.
- The Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will have 8 cores and process 16 threads simultaneously.
- The Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will have a 4 MB L2 cache and a 16 MB L3 cache.
- The Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will feature the AMD Infinity Fabric network-centric interconnect technology.
- The AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors will feature the AMD SenseMI sensing and adaptive technologies like :
- Pure Power, which uses real-time sensors to support a closed-loop control through Infinity Fabric.
- Precision Boost, which allows for fine-grained frequency control in 25 MHz increments.
- Extended Frequency Range (XFR), that is fully automated and permits frequencies above the Precision Boost limits.
- Neural Net Prediction, which anticipates future decisions, preloads instructions and chooses the best processing path.
- Smart Prefetch algorithms have been greatly improved.
- Preliminary benchmarks of the AMD Ryzen (3.4 GHz, no boost) showed that it was slightly faster than the Intel Core i7-6900K (3.2 GHz base, 3.7 GHz boost).
- At idle, the total power consumption of the 3.4 GHz Ryzen system was about 13.5 W (12.67%) less than a Core i7-6900K system.
- At full load, the total power consumption of the 3.4 GHz Ryzen system was about 3.8 W (1.98%) less than a Core i7-6900K system.
In the subsequent pages, we will give you the full low-down on the AMD Ryzen desktop processor, with the following presentations by AMD :
- Jim Anderson : The AMD Summit Ridge Technology Update
- John Taylor : The AMD Summit Ridge CPU’s Performance
- Mark Papermaster : The Infinity Fabric & SenseMI Technologies
- Dr. Lisa Su : Introducing AMD Ryzen
- Dr. Lisa Su : AMD Ryzen Performance & Power Efficiency Demo
- Dr. Lisa Su : Closing Remarks On The AMD Ryzen Desktop CPU
We also prepared the complete video and slides of the AMD Ryzen tech briefing for your perusal :
- The Complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” Tech Briefing Video
- The Complete AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” Tech Briefing Slides