AMD’s Zen chip is just around the corner; it’ll first come to gaming systems any day now. There’s a lot of excitement about Zen, which AMD believes is its most important chip this decade.

The high-performance Zen could put AMD back on the map as a legitimate competitor to rival Intel. AMD’s chips in recent years haven’t been as sophisticated as Intel’s offerings, but Zen could bring AMD up to par. The AMD faithful are salivating over Zen, and even some Intel chip enthusiasts can’t wait to give it a try.

AMD CEO Lisa Su has said Zen would be available in a few gaming systems by the end of the year, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. A more likely scenario is that systems will start coming early next year. Zen chips for servers will follow in the first half of next year, with Zen for laptops and other desktops coming later.

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