We have been talking a lot about AMD’s upcoming Zen CPU core micro-architecture. We know that AMD is working on a 16-core APU and a 32-core Opteron processor using this architecture. This new core design will be a departure from its Bulldozer multicore module design and will be a monolithic core design. Zen will be much like “Stars”, which was the core design that AMD used in its Phenom series, except Zen will have a lot more horsepower!
The block diagram for AMD’s next generation R9 290 series “Hawaii” chip has been leaked by EasyCom in their review of the R9 280X. Recently we covered the R9 Series in detail and talk about the specifications, but until now very little was known about the Hawaii chip itself. Now we will get to see the architectural changes the Hawaii chip has made over its predecessor Tahiti.