AMD Event ‘New Horizon’ Unveils ‘Zen’ CPU This December 13 – Live Streaming Available

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 11/30/16 05:20PM EST

AMD is fast-tracking world domination on CPU. Just as we enter the last month of the year, AMD will hold an event this coming Dec. 13 to unleash their latest next generation, high-end processor, "Zen".

In the latest announcement posted on AMD's official website, the leading processor manufacturer invites everyone to watch and see the unveiling of their latest CPU, "Zen". The event will be available via live streaming. For those who would like to see the unveiling of "Zen" live, the event will be held in Austin, TX and will be hosted by gaming journalist Geoff Keighley.

The First High-End Enthusiast-Focused CPU from AMD

As reported by, this is the first time in five years that AMD will attempt to provide high-end CPU to the 'enthusiasts' market. Describing the features of the "Zen" CPUs without any specific details, it will be the 'first ever CPU architecture to feature simultaneous multithreading'.

In addition, "Zen" CPUs will be the first AMD product 'to be built on a process technology that's very close to parity with Intel since the days of the original Athlon more than a decade ago'. Based on Jim Keller's design, it is believed that "Zen" CPU could be the biggest long-term technology since Athlon XP and Athlon64 processors.

Currently, there are four known CPUs under "Zen" which is reportedly going to be released within the first quarter of 2017. All these CPUs are part of the "Zen" Summit Ridge Family which will target the 'enthusiast desktop' market. The Summit Ridge "Zen" CPU features 8 Cores, 16 Threads and supports the latest AM4 Platform.

There are two versions of SR 7, both scheduled for launch in January (L2 Cache: 4MB; L3 Cache: 16MB; Cores: 8; Threads: 16; Power: 95W). The first version has Core Clock set at 3.2; Turbo Clock: 3.5 and price of $499. The second version has Core Clock of 3.0; Turbo Clock: 3.2 and tagged at $349.

The third is SR5 which is scheduled for release by March and priced at $249. Here are the specs: L2 Cache: 3MB; L3 Cache: 12MB; Cores: 6; Threads: 12; Power: 65W. The fourth is SR3, the cheapest at $149 and also scheduled by March. Here are the specs: L2 Cache: 2MB; L3 Cache: 8MB; Cores: 4; Threads: 8; Power: 65W. The Core and Turbo Clock for the last two “Zen” CPUs are yet to be announced.

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