AMD’s Next-Gen ZEN 3 Will Have 20% Higher Integer Performance Than Current-Gen ZEN 2 With Production Set To Commence In September

AMD’s next-gen ZEN 3 Core Architecture is reportedly packing at least 20 percent higher ‘Integer Performance’ over the current-gen ZEN 2 Architecture. Despite the ZEN 2-based processors selling well, AMD is set to commercially mass-produce ZEN 3-based CPUs in the next two months. Simply put, AMD appears to remain committed to the self-set timeline of readying ZEN 3-based parts and selling them before the current year runs out.

AMD’s 7nm ZEN 2-based Ryzen, EPYC, and Threadripper 3000 Series desktop, as well as 4000 Series Mobility CPUs, are performing quite well. But AMD is already deep in development of the next-gen Core Architecture, the ZEN 3. Although based on the same 7nm Fabrication Node, the ZEN 3 Architecture has been reportedly better in nearly every aspect. A new report now claims the ZEN 3 SKUs will have 20 percent higher Integer Performance compared to the ZEN 2 CPUs.

AMD ZEN 3-Based CPUs Already In Advanced Stages Of Commercial Development:

The upcoming ZEN 3 Core Architecture has had three important revelations in the past few days: L3 cache size would be unchanged from ZEN 2, overall IPC gains over ZEN 2 would be between 10 and 15 percent, and AMD EPYC Milan’s B0 stepping would arrive in September.

According to new reports, the ZEN 3 Core architecture will allow the upcoming Ryzen 4000 Series desktop-grade CPUs to be at least 20 percent faster than the current-gen Ryzen 3000 Series in Integer Performance. While the boost doesn’t seem much, this performance parameter is rarely discussed as achieving significant boosts is very difficult. More often than not, it is the Floating-Point Value (FPV) which is brought forth and announced by CPU as well as specialty computing device makers.

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Some reports go on to claim that AMD’s ZEN 3 parts would have a 50 percent improved FPV. However, the number appears a little too large to be plausible. Nonetheless, the new upcoming 7nm ZEN 3-based AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Desktop-grade as well as Threadripper and EPYC CPUs should be able to outpace even Intel’s Xeon by a much wider margin than currently visible. Overall, the upcoming Milan EPYC CPUs are reportedly over 20 percent faster in single-threaded integer workloads compared to Rome, 20 percent faster in 32 Core integer workloads, and between 10 and 15 percent faster in all core (that is 64 core) workloads.

AMD To Dominate Intel In The Desktop, Server, And Gaming Segments With ZEN 3-based CPUs?

On the desktop front AMD ‘Vermeer’ Ryzen 4000 should be around 20 percent faster than Matisse Refresh based Ryzen 3000 or ZEN 2. Interestingly, it could be the ZEN 3 that finally allows AMD’s CPUs to become dominant even in the gaming sector. AMD’s choice of going with unified CCX and the enhanced L3 cache should significantly reduce overall latency when using more than 4 cores. This strongly suggests AMD could overtake Intel in the gaming arena. ZEN 2’s greatest bottleneck was the rather restricted latency, and AMD has reportedly addressed the same with ZEN 3.

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On the server-side, AMD ‘Milan’ EPYC could beat Intel’s Ice Lake in the same way EPYC ‘Rome’ has beaten Intel Skylake and Cascade Lake. In fact, AMD’s Threadripper PRO Series of OEM CPUs are now identical to AMD EPYC Server CPUs by supporting up to 128 PCIe 4.0 Lanes and eight lanes of up to 2TB memory.

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