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The Moment we’ve All Been Waiting For: Zen shows a 38% Performance Boost!

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Posted August 10, 2016 by Josh Jackson in CPU & Motherboards

Alright! Go ahead and grab a tiny pinch of salt just in case, but something VERY exciting has surfaced and it’s about as legit as we can get until Zen’s actual release arrives. We’ve heard AMD talk about the 40% IPC gain for some time, but that doesn’t translate into a real world performance scenario. However, WCCFtech just picked up a benchmark that finally gives us a lot of hope for the CPU market next year.

Apparently an Ashes of the Singularity Benchmark leaked that had the new Zen chip as the processor. The chip was an engineering sample so it was only running a 2.8 GHz base and 3.2 GHz boost clock. While the benchmark results were standalone, WCCFtech took the opportunity to bench other processors using a similar setup (The RX 480 being the other key piece). While this won’t be as accurate as a full review, the new Zen chip easily performed above an i5-4670K while still falling behind the i7-4790. Here’s the big deal though. Against the previous FX-8350, the Zen chip has almost a 40% performance increase in this benchmark! Granted, this is early and across two different systems, but this is a good sign that Zen is going to reach expectations.AMD-Zen-ES-AotS-Benchmarks

Another thing that makes this a pretty big deal is the fact that the clocks seem really low for the average CPU nowadays. It’s very likely that these clocks are going to be higher once the chip actually hits the market. Even a 20% boost on the current clocks will likely push the chip ahead of the i7-4790. On top of that, there’s bound to be more performance optimizations in chipsets and instruction sets as well. All-in-all, this is the first sign we’ve seen that AMD has something that will certainly be competitive with INTEL soon. So whether you’re on team Red, or team Blue, or team green (your wallet), then you can be pretty excited about what’s to come too!

(Check out the full article at WCCFtech for their full analysis.)


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