AMD Zen vs Intel Cannon Lake: Which 8-core processor is better?

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AMD Zen vs Intel Cannon Lake

The new AMD Zen Summit Ridge release is probably just around the corner. According to recent reports, AMD plan on releasing the chip early next year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Intel is rumored to unveil its new Cannon Lake processor sometime in the middle of 2017. Nevertheless, these two processors will surely go head-to-head as they compete for the desktop market in 2017.

Here are just a few of the major differences between the AMD Zen and Intel Canon Lake processors.

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Process technology

Intel makes its current processors using its very own 14nm process technology. This is quite a big jump from the previous generation?s 22nm process. However, the company?based the Cannon Lake line of processors on Intel?s even smaller 10nm process technology. This new manufacturing technology is approximately 30 percent smaller than the upcoming Kaby Lake processors which also uses the 14nm process.

Intel Technology Roadmap (via

Intel Technology Roadmap (via

On the other hand, the AMD Zen processor is manufactured under Samsung?s 14nm process technology. Although still less advanced than Intel?s 10nm, AMD has made considerable design changes to its micro-architecture. These changes are put to assure that the new processor will perform better than its predecessor.

AMD Zen Core Architecture (via

AMD Zen Core Architecture (via

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During AMD?s presentation for its new Zen line of processors, the company showcase benchmarks for the new AMD Zen. According to the tests done by the company, the new Zen processor boasts a massive increase in performance. In comparison to its predecessor, the AMD Zen performed 40 percent faster.

Unfortunately, the new Cannon Lake processors are still in development and benchmarks are somewhat non-existent. However, Intel’s 10nm process mean that the Cannon Lake will be faster and better than current offerings.

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Target Market

AMD has been clear that the new Zen processors will target the mainstream desktop computer market. The new processor will feature speed grades of 3.3GHz base, and 3.5GHz boost. Furthermore, AMD will also release an overclocked version of the same processor running at 4GHz clock.

That being said, Intel has not yet to identified whether the Cannon Lake will be for desktop or server applications, or both. According to sources, the new chip will feature high speed fabrics and coherency protocols found on server-grade processors. However, what makes it a bit confusing is the fact that the processor will have a maximum of 8 cores only.

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A lot of people knows that AMD provides good products on the cheap. The company has been competing with Intel in providing the best desktop solution for consumers for a very long time. As a part of its marketing strategy, the company reduced its profit margin to make its products more attractive to the market. According to reports, the price for the top-tier AMD Zen processor will be around $500 while the entry level is at $300. Meanwhile, consumers can expect the same 8-core processor from Intel to fetch between $600 and $1000.

Release date

As mentioned earlier, it is rumored that AMX will unveil the AMD Zen at next year’s CES event. On the other hand, the Cannon Lake processor is set for a mid-2017 release as confirmed by Intel.

In brief, the AMD Zen features high performance at affordable price. However, the Cannon Lake will surely outstrip the Zen in benchmark tests owing to the fact that the former?is based on the 10nm process. Unfortunately, as with any Intel product, the top-tier Cannon Lake processor will be reserve for the enthusiasts and high-end workstations.

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