AMD’s high-performance x86 Core “Zen” architecture delivers an unprecedented 40% improvement in instructions-per-clock-cycle over the previous generation AMD core, without increasing power. The new Zen core from AMD is designed for maximum data throughput and instruction execution plus high bandwidth, low latency cache-memory support leading to optimal compute efficiency. AMD expects to introduce the Zen core-based computing products in 2017. The Zen core is suitable for high-performance desktops, enterprise-class servers, mobile PCs and embedded applications.
A Redditor recently spotted the benchmark of the upcoming AMD x86 Zen architecture on aggregate Blender test database Blenchmark.com. It looks like the find reveals performance details of the upcoming x86 Zen architecture. From the benchmark image, there’s no way to confirm the identity of the processor. If you are willing to believe in the fact that the image does represent x86 Zen, then you may also want to believe that the performance matches that of Intel E5 2680 v2 processor. It’s only marginally faster than Xeon E5 2650 v2.
There’s no way we can confirm that this is indeed the benchmark result of AMD x86 Zen. But the authenticity of the benchmark results posted on Benchmark cannot be questioned, going by the history of the website. Also, the results only talk about “AMD Engineering Sample” and don’t reveal the actual CPU name. But it is most likely to be that of the upcoming x86 Zen architecture. The performance looks quite impressive for 8 cores (more powerful than the Core i7-6900K) but lags behind when it comes to 16 cores or more.
The unidentified processor manages Blender run in 1:09 minutes providing similar performance as the Intel Xeon E5 2680 v2 processor, a chip with 10 cores. It manages to beat the Xeon E5 2650 v2 marginally. The results, as we mentioned, must be taken with a grain of salt, since “Engineering sample” does not necessarily mean it’s the upcoming AMD x86 Zen architecture based chips.
AMD plans to initially ship a few variants of the new architecture scaling from 8 cores for Summit Ridge and up to 32 cores for Naples processor. It looks like AMD will continue to stick to its philosophy of maintaining a homogeneity across Zen architecture.
Note: The source website has removed the benchmark image, on the request of AMD.