AMD has released a video showing id Software’s DOOM running on one of its upcoming Summit Ridge chips based on AMD’s Zen architecture. As we all know Zen is entirely new CPU architecture from AMD, and claimed to provide a 40 percent IPC improvement over previous Excavator core based CPUs.
DOOM’s recommended system is an Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better, 8GB of RAM, and a Nvidia GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better. So this indicates the Summit Ridge chips should be powerful enough to push the game at playable FPS.
AMD’s behind the scenes E3 2v016 video is hosted by Louis Castro, one of the firm’s Lead System Engineers. Castro informs us that Zen core-based chips have been undergoing extensive testing in its labs for; system integration, a feature enabling, and playing DOOM. Panning around the AMD testing facility, we find an AMD tech guy blasting DOOM monsters, while sat behind a range of shelves stacked with tech equipment. The game appears to play very smoothly, but there’s not much else you can garner from such a YouTube video – even when played back at its maximum resolution/quality on the full screen. Importantly, we have no information about what GPU was powering the DOOM player’s machine.
Still AMD video doesn’t give us a lot of information, but it’s good to see AMD start talking and showing actual Zen chips and this is just beginning, expect many more teaser in upcoming months. The Zen scheduled to launch by the end of this year.