Some more rumors and speculation about AMD's future Zen lineup was published over at WCCF Tech. The site claims Zen-based desktop FX processors are slated for Q4 2016, whereas Zen-based APUs won't arrive until sometime in 2017. One interesting nugget the site has learned is that even the frugal notebook chips of the Zen lineup will offer performance comparable with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
Fortunately that’s not all we have for you today, as we’ve managed to learn about a number of additional interesting tidbits as well. There are several SKUs planned based on the Zen CPU die, with 8, 6 and 4 cores with the possibility of even higher core counts later on. The Zen core itself is surprisingly compact and power efficient. The CPU die itself isn’t particularly large and the Zen FX CPUs will target mainstream price points in which they will compete very aggressively with their upcoming Intel counterparts. This is a space that’s been traditionally occupied by Intel’s quadcore I7, i5 and dual core i3 CPUs .
Zen FX CPUs will debut with a brand new chipset on socket AM4 that’s planned to push AMD’s connectivity, storage and entire feature set forward and much closer to parity with Intel. The upcoming FX processors will also include enhanced platform security features built directly into the hardware.