After all the time of waiting AMD now just released the first part of the new high end CPU line called Ryzen 7 with all new Zen cores to the market. It has been a lot of work in the past years to get the new core ready for launch. Some of the people of the Zen team talk about the work on the Zen core and products, including:
Suzanne Plummer (Sr. Director Design Engineering)
Mike Clarke (Sr. Fellow Design Engineering)
Jim Anderson (Sr. Vice President and GM Computing and Graphics)
Most of the Ryzen CPUs have their own user friendly auto overclocking feature called XFR.
For advanced users AMD just released the AMD Master Application which is a overclocking and monitoring tool for detailed settings of the CPU. For more information check out the AMD Ryzen Master Overclocking Users Guide. Download of Ryzen Master is available from this site.
Intel completed the Kaby Lake Family of CPUs with the release of the Kaby Lake Desktop CPU in January 2017. The Mobile CPUs were already released in the end of 2016. Kaby Lake is a refresh of Skylake with higher clocks and an improved graphics core due improved manufacturing.
Symantec has just released a critical security hotfix for the dll loading issue (CVE-2016-6590) in GSS 3.1. The hotfix is included in the latest maintenance pack 4 (MP4). More about the issue can be found in the security advisory.
It took some time but its now available: the ASDK for GSS 3.x. Its the same that can be found in DS 6.9 but it has been recompiled with an updated version of NET. It now requires NET Framework 4.6.1 to be installed. The ADSK makes it possible to use VBScript via COM/web service interface to manage GSS or to write a different frontend in other languages. Its also possible to access the web service from a remote computer. A help file and examples are included in the ADSK. Note: at the moment the ASDK is released as is with no support.
The AM4 desktop platform is a long awaited refresh to replace the current AM3+ and FM2+ platform with
new chipsets that have USB 3.1 Gen1/Gen2 support and the support for DDR4 memory. The AM4 socket platform is the target for the current Bristol Ridge Desktop APUs and the upcoming Zen based CPUs and APUs.
Bristol Ridge for Desktops is a refreshed Excavator Core that was first released in Carrizo Mobile. Changes are: improved performance, support for DDR4 memory and several extended power saving mechanism.
AM4 platform for OEMs
The AM4 platform is currently only available to OEMs, e.g. HPs EliteDesk 705 G3 Series which we will cover a little bit. There is no support for Windows 8 or Windows 7 because of Microsoft’s support policy.
Update January 2017:
HP added Windows 7 Enterprise to the list of supported OS. This is a change to the Windows 10 only support policy earlier, the product documentation and the customer advisory was not updated to reflect this change.
There is also a new model 1AA87AW available that ships with Windows 7 Pro preinstalled. This is really good news as till now no other new CPU line (Apollo lake, Kaby Lake) comes with Windows 7 support.
In the history of Intel’s Developer Forum (IDF) AMD is always presenting new products close to the IDF in a hotel. This time AMD had a nice surprise because it was the first official demo of a Zen “Summit Ridge” Engineering Sample clocked at 3 GHz. Mark Papermaster revealed some new information about the Zen architecture. Also surprising was the comparison of the 8 Core Zen ES on the new AM4 platform with an Intel Broadwell-E CPU by using the Blender CPU Render Benchmark. The Zen ES finished the benchmark slightly faster than the Intel part. The 2nd chip that was presented was the 32 Core ZEN Server chip “Naples” in a two socket server mainboard.
For more technical information and slides check the link below.
Update: Hot Chips 2016
On 23th of August Michael Clark presented the Zen architecture with more technical details in his session “A New, High Performance x86 Core Design from AMD”. An audio record of this session is available on youtube – The AMD Zen Technical Briefing.