According to latest rumors out of China, AMD is preparing to launch its Zen based Summit Ridge desktop processors on January 17th 2017.
The source of the leak is an official letter from MAXSUN, who are working with AMD to provide AMD AM4 motherboards in mainland China. The leak suggests AMD will be launching a few SKUs on January 17th and then release some more SKUs sometime in March. The initial lineup to be released in January will mainly comprise of HEDT (High End Desktop) processors targeted at the enthusiast segment.
The leak also confirms that the top end SR7 processor lineup will be priced between 1500 to 2000 Yuan in China ($250 to $300). These processors will feature eight physical cores and 16 virtual threads, capable of delivering performance similar to Intel’s Core i7-6850K processor. In a leaked Cinebench rendering test result, the AMD Summit Ridge processor managed to achieve scores identical to the Intel processor, which is significantly more expensive at $600. For users who require higher performance, AMD is expected to offer “special overclocking variants” as well, which are going to be priced higher than 3000 Yuan in China ($500). Featuring higher base frequencies of up to 3.30 GHz, these processors will have a rated TDP of 95W. They are claimed to be easily overclockable up to 4.2 GHz on air and up to 5 GHz with liquid nitrogen cooling.