- Aug 19, 2007
It was my understanding that N6 was meant as a cheap-ish way for clients on N7 to get an an upgrade path, and that N7P was superior to N6.Re: Zen 3+, I do think it would be very reasonable for AMD to work on this IF they are doing Zen3 on N7P. I do not have the slightest clue if they are, but here's my rationale:
1) porting N7P to N6 w/o retooling (as I understand it) for fairly easy 5-10% improvements
2) extend the shelf life of B550/X570 and give further upgrade path
3) a nice gesture of good will, as they eschew AM4 and move on full speed ahead
4) will give them more time to work out kinks on Zen4 / AM5 (almost 2 year cycle between Zen3 release and a Zen4 release could be created - if they need it)
Of course, things may have changed.By contrast, N7+ uses different design rules, but also provides more benefits than N6 when compared to N7.