This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about all of the information that came out of AMD’s Financial Analyst day which includes both their CPU and GPU plans for 2016, we get our first look at the R9 390X, talk about Rockstar banning players in GTA V, and more!
AMD will really be focusing on the “generation” of their upcoming 2016 CPUs and APUs when it comes to branding. And it looks like AMD will really be playing a game with Intel as well. In 2016 AMD’s FX-series CPUs and A-series APUs will be the company’s “6th Generation”.
There have been quite a lot of AMD leaks recently, this week we had the Zen CPU block diagram come out, then just yesterday the quad core design slide was leaked. Either AMD is trying to create some hype, or they just can’t keep their secrets safe. Now the roadmaps for both the desktop side and mobile side have been leaked.
We will see the first implementation of “Zen” on a very powerful APU that will feature 16 physical “Zen” cores, 32 logical CPUs enabled with SMT, 512 KB of dedicated L2 cache per core and 32 MB of L3 cache. We will also see AMD do some string cleaning of the CPU’s ISA instruction set, removing underused instruction sets and introducing new ones.
Well things don’t seem to be getting any better for AMD. It looks like they will be facing a securities fraud lawsuit. Apparently over-promising and under-delivering on its very first APU, codenamed “Llano” is coming back to haunt the company.
AMD’s upcoming Godavari APU lineup has been leaked by the guys over at VR-Zone ahead of its summer launch. These new APUs will be part of the Kaveri-refresh platform, which is aimed to refresh current Kaveri APUs with the new 8000 series branding. AMD is planning 12 new APUs that utilize the x86 Steamroller core and GCN graphics architecture.
AMD’s CEO Lisa Su revealed that AMD’s upcoming Carrizo APU will deliver the largest ever generational leap on performance per watt for mainstream APUs ever! In addition, she also confirmed that Carrizo will be launched in the second half of the year.
Intel has constantly been pushing new CPU architecture year after year, but what about AMD? According to a recent interview with Bloomberg, AMD will not be releasing a new micro-architecture until 2016, with all CPU or APU products being released between now and then based on the current architecture.