AMD isn't offering up too many details about the event, other than the fact that retired esports player PPD will be on hand, along with appearances from unnamed special guests. It will be hosted by Geoff Keighley, former host of GameTrailers TV and co-host of the now-defunct G4tv.com. After all, competition is always a good thing for consumers! True to that name, AMD is asking folks who want to watch to sign up on its site for a slot ahead of the event. Whether that level of performance extends into other programs and gaming is something that will be asked and speculated upon until Zen actually launches in the first quarter of next year. AMD plans to offer a preview of the Zen processor at 1 p.m. PST on December 13. The result showed that the Summit Ridge sample could render AMD's Zen logo slightly faster than the Intel chip. This is really going to make the fans of AMD extremely jubilant who have been waiting for some updates regarding the AMD Zen CPUs which are slated to come with Summit Ridge processors.
AMD, which is now taking signups for the live-stream event, said the Zen preview will be "the first time the public will be able to try it themselves and see its capabilities". Not only is that metric much more relevant to a typical user's workload, it's also a specific point of interest given the poor single-threaded performance of AMD's Bulldozer-family chips. The top end CPU may include eight core chips along with Simultaneous Multi-Threading. Eve disruptive will be a six-core SR5 for $250 and a quad-core SR3 for $150. Should AMD confirm them to be true once the products are unveiled early next year, the highest-end 8-core will be priced at $500, while a slower 8-core chip could be worth $350. The company compared an eight-core Summit Ridge processor sample against an eight-core Intel Core i7-6900K "Broadwell-E" down-clocked processor, both of which were set at 3GHz for an actual clock-to-clock, core-to-core, thread-to-thread boxing match.