AMD is moving away with the “FX” and “Athlon” naming for its next-generation processors based on the “ZEN” micro-architecture. Apparently, the codename could carry over to the actual processor names. Take, for example, the ZEN X370. When the CPU launches around the 2017 International CES next January, it will be the fastest desktop processor from AMD, that will compete with Intel’s Core i7 CPUs. The AMD ZEN X370 will be built for the AM4 package, and based on the new 14 nm “Summit Ridge” silicon, featuring eight CPU cores spread across two ZEN CPU-complexes (CCUs).
Both CCU houses four CPU cores each with 512 KB of dedicated L2 cache, and 8 MB of shared L3 cache. The total 20MB of cache (L2 + L3) for the ZEN X370. AMD also packs SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), a feature similar to Intel HyperThreading, which allows 16 logical CPUs for the OS to interact. The ZEN X370 include a dual-channel DDR4 integrated memory controller, a PCI-Express gen 3.0 root complex, and an integrated southbridge with USB 3.0 and SATA connections.