According to a recent report AMD has finished testing its first “Zen” micro-architecture CPU prototypes. They have concluded that these prototypes “meet all expectations” with “no significant bottlenecks found” it the chips design. This means that Zen CPUs could be as competitive with Intel as AMD set them out to be.
AMD’s Zen CPUs are set to launch in 2016 and will be built on a 14nm or 16nm FinFET process. AMD will be focusing heavily on Zen’s per-core performance rather than delivering more, but limited CPU cores like we’ve seen in previous designs. The new CPUs will be built for the AM4 socket and will have DDR4 memory support and integrated PCIe.