I don’t use them. The basic reason is cost and timing. When I’ve been ready to buy Intel has had a CPU with a better performance to price ratio. I have no particular love or hate for either AMD or Intel. Its who has a well performing CPU and what will it cost me at the time I need one?
One of the commenters here suggests people looking for a new CPU wait for AMD to release its new Zen CPU. One can always wait for the next new thing but, then they wait. However, I did wonder if a wait would be worth the time. I started researching AMD and their next CPU.
Rumor has it the Zen CPU will come out fourth quarter (Q4) 2016. Official statements from AMD said before the end of the year, 2016. Recent official statements say ‘early 2017’.
Release dates for hardware are based on physical manufacturing. Basically, when will there be enough new product in the warehouse so demand for the new product can be met? A fairly easy question for the manufacture to answer. Whether they tell us is another story.
Then there is the company’s decision about when to release. Politics and market forces come into play.
This means people in the company and along the manufacturing pipeline know what’s going on. Leaks happen. So, we have some pretty solid rumors about company plans. Most are betting on October. But, I would not make that bet. The issue is too confused to make a safe bet. I expect a ‘PRESS Sampling’ release in October. This will give reviewers and IT peeps time to look at the chips, hopefully building media excitement for the release.
Then there are the investors. AMD has been hurting financially… or maybe it would be more accurate to say AMD is not performing as well as Intel. So, the company explains their great and awesome plans for capturing market share to the investors so they stay invested. More people know the plans and some of them leak. Again we get pretty solid rumors about where the company is headed. Sometimes companies announce where they are going and what they plan to release hopping people will put off buying their competitors’ products.
We have information from all those sources showing up in the media.
It is pretty certain AMD is going to focus on using one CPU socket for all their new CPU’s. They are calling it an AM4. The socket has 1331 pins. For the foreseeable future all AMD silicon will use this socket. Theoretically, you should have a good future upgrade path. Something I hope I have with my LGA-1151 socket z170 motherboard.
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