New AMD Zen Processors to Make BOINC Computing & Gridcoin Mining More Competitive?

AMD recently unveiled some key specs about its new “Zen” processor architecture at the Hot Chips 28 convention. The new Zen “Summit Ridge” desktop processor will feature 8 cores and 16 simultaneous threads, while the “Naples” enterprise server version will sport an impressive 32 cores, with a total of 64 threads of processing power.

AMD officials staged a Blender rendering demo that pitted the 16-threaded Summit Ridge processor against Intel’s 8-core i7-6900k, both processors ran at 3Ghz. The new AMD chip outperformed the i7 by just a second:

The new Zen chips will be about 40% more efficient than previous generations, so 40% more instructions per clock cycle. A massive improvement compared to the FX line of processors. AMD’s current generation of processors have cores that are more akin to modules with a shared floating point core, but the Zen chips have standalone cores, much like Intel’s designs. AMD has stated that the Summit Ridge line will be available to consumers in the first quarter of 2017, with the behemoth 32-core Naples coming out by the middle of 2017.

Will these new Zen CPUs impact Boinc distributed computing and cryptocurrencies like Gridcoin?

Electricity costs are a huge factor in the field of Boinc distributed computing, especially in European countries that have some of the highest power costs in the entire world. Zen’s 40% efficiency boost over previous generations of processors will sound very appealing to the Boinc cruncher paying $100-200 in electricity costs on a monthly basis.

CPU-only Boinc distributed computing projects like Universe@home, LHC@home and Rosetta@home will likely become more competitive as enthusiasts begin to upgrade their hardware.

While AMD has not officially released any TDP specifications for the Zen line, or any estimates on retail pricing, it's very unlikely that the Summit Ridge chips will have a significantly higher power draw than, say, FX-8350 Vishera-based chips. In fact, Digital Trends reports that AMD is aiming for a TDP of 95-100 watts for Zen. Given the whopping 40% hike in performance, many Boinc participants - even diehard Intel fans such as myself - may be tempted to upgrade their power-thirsty, aging rigs with AMD’s new workhorses.

The temptation will be even higher for the thousands of miners on Gridcoin, a blockchain-based digital currency where miners mint coins by computing Boinc scientific work units. The Gridcoin network spits out 48,000 coins/day - about $250 at current exchange rates - with the largest slice of the daily pie going to the miners with the biggest Boinc contributions.

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  1. I was looking to create a new cpu based computing system and I have heard about boinc in the past. What i did not know is the Gridcoin project and what it does. Looking more into it, it looks really interesting and unique in what it achieves as a cryptocurrency. I will propably invest in one cpu from the new zen lines to get me started on my dream rig. thank you for the extremely useful information posted here.

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    1. Make sure to let your friends know about how important Boinc computing is! Gridcoin too! ;-)

  2. Ill look carefully at the benchmarks. The more efficient the better, specially for BOINCing and Gridcoin. Yet my main interest is in GPUs.

  3. Well as boincer from a EU country, where as you say the leccy costs are 'up the wazoo', I'll certainly be looking into a less power hungry way to crunch.

    If the Zen lives up to it's name I'll be more zen too. My leccy is windpowered but still too high.

    Mercosity - Team Gridcoin.

    S8ihT24YVhDpu7aid9ETnFw5kSiqb1Gu5k - !Tanks!

  4. I suppose so, with every new generation the efficiency and power get's taken up a notch. However with a finite number of gridcoins minted wouln't this drive up the RAC making it harder for people with lesser gear to grab a share?


  5. The New AMD Zen Processors will take Gridcoin mining to a new level. It sure can make mining more competitive and any serious miner will have to upgrade their mining system to live up to the competition.

    Every miner should allocate some of his hash power to support projects like Gridcoin and Curecoin which helps mankind to make progress.

    Just wondering, Is there any serious difference between Gridcoin and Curecoin? I think you should article an article about Curecoin.

    I am just starting my journey with Gridcoin ;)



  6. Not sure that would be viable for using 24/7 100Wh in Croatia (which is cheaper than in most of Europe), is about 10€cents per 2,4€ per day for a single computer!
    So, last year I've made a decision to donate 80% of my GRC to some charity & did so to year, I'm going to repeat it, just going to donate a BOINC team also! It's just too little money, to use for paying bills or shopping... ;)