AMD Zen release date news: It's official, AMD Ryzen to launch in March

(AMD)A promotional image use for the Ryzen

Finally, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has confirmed the release of its Zen-based Ryzen central processing units (CPU), and it's going to be at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) 2017 in March.

The schedule of sessions posted at the GDC official website includes a presentation by AMD titled "Optimizing for AMD Ryzen CPU." Two of the company's Developer Technology Engineers, Ken Mitchell and Elliot Kim, will lead the session.

Also, there will be lectures about the Zen microarchitecture, power management, and CodeXL profiler. Other discussions will touch on code optimization opportunities using hardware performance-monitoring counters.

In December last year, AMD's "New Horizons" livestream presented a performance demo showing the Ryzen CPU going up against an eight-core Broadwell-E chip. The completion time result showed 54 seconds for Ryzen and 59 seconds for Broadwell-E. The former was about 10 percent faster.

According to ARS Technica, the Broadwell-E chip (currently, sold at about £1,000/$1,100) was using its standard boost speed of up to 3.7GHz, while Ryzen chip was just at its base clock of 3.4GHz. With this information at the table, AMD affirmed with pride that they have exceeded Intel's performance.

Referring to the recent AMD AM4 platform, Ryzen desktop CPUs will have 8 cores (16 threads) clocked at 3.4GHz and 4 MB of L2 cache as well as 16 MB of L3 cache. Details on the AM4 platform are not official except for the fact that it supports DDR4, PCIe Gen. 3, USB 3.1 Gen. 2, NVMe, and SATA Express technologies.

However, to further the product's introduction to the global market, AMD had presented another demo at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month. A third revision of the flagship was imposed, and this time with a base clock speed of 3.6GHz and the ability to turbo up to 3.9GHz.

Speculations are also circulating in the computer world of a fourth revision with a base speed of 3.6GHz clock and a 4GHz turbo frequency.

Based on these developments, the release of AMD Ryzen is expected to challenge Intel's hold on the performance superiority competition in the CPU market.

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