- AMD will finally have a modern CPU only chip to pair with a discrete video card.
- After years of inferior performance AMD might be able to go toe to toe with Intel in single core performance.
- Performance is said to be at least 40% better than the old Bulldozer architecture.
- For that matter AMD may have the only non APU chip out there. Intel is pretty much all APU now.
Personally I doubt that I'll be upgrading for a while because:
- My old school Intel Sandy Bridge/Nvidia GTX950/ Windows 10 box does just fine for my Train Simulator games at 1080p.
- To upgrade my Linux machine I'd have to junk my APU, motherboard, memory, and probably my video card.
- The trailing edge technology I have now is (finally) working great with Linux. I believe I'd need to have kernel 4.10 to work with Zen. Right now I am on Kernel 4.4. Who knows how a more bleeding edge video card will work. I have been burned before.
- I'm not gaming on this desktop system. My grandkids play browser based stuff on it and for that it works fine.
- What with an SSD, lots of RAM, an old school video card, and a 2nd generation Bulldozer APU this unit has plenty of snap and power for anything I'll ever need outside of the latest games.