In a recent story circulating the web, rumors of AMD's (confirmed) deference to AS Media for its Zen chipset design have pointed toward USB3.1 transmission speed degradation issues. The reports indicated a slow-down of USB3.1 speeds as ports are distanced from the chipset, resolvable by motherboard manufacturers with a separate controller for USB3.1. The reports have not presented numbers for the alleged speed degradation; we do not have a clear picture of how heavily – if at all – this rumor impacts USB device speed.
Should USB3.1 transfer speeds truly be impacted this greatly by circuit distance, motherboard manufacturers can opt for inclusion of aftermarket ICs that resolve the issue at increased BOM. There is also still some time prior to mass production and shipping – motherboard manufacturers and AS Media may find a remedy to this reported choke-point by then.
The bigger story, we think, is that AMD has officially stated its on-track production for the Zen processors and chipset. The chipset is slated for 3Q16 shipment, with mass production of product by 4Q16. That would put AMD Zen and its accompanying AM4 motherboards on course for 4Q16.
As a reminder, the first AMD Zen processor officially unveiled at the recent Computex event was an 8C/16T FX successor.
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