AMD has so far only confirmed that desktop processors AMD Ryzen 7000 based on its new 5nm architecture Zen 4 and corresponding platform AM5 will be released in the second half of 2022, but it seems that the whistleblower Greymon55 learned that the announcement would happen much earlier, already in the third quarter of 2022.
According to a leak and an insider, AMD Ryzen 7000 desktop processors may already be presented at the exhibition Computex 2022which will take place in May 2022. Now that seems a bit premature given AMD’s official H2 2022 announcement, meaning it won’t launch until July 2022 at the earliest. What could happen is that we’ll get more information and details at Computex, but AMD is announcing a more specific launch date in their presentation, stating either July or August 2022 of the year as the official retail launch of its Ryzen 7000 line.
In addition to AMD’s Ryzen 7000 desktop processors, the leak also states that AM5 motherboards will be ready for production soon, with the first samples expected to be shipped within this month. The AMD AM5 platform brings a number of new features as well as a new socket LGA 1718which will support the new Zen 4 chips. This will also mean that the upcoming AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D will have a short lifespan of only a few months before being replaced by a better Zen 4 based variant.
And why such an early announcement of new products? Well, AMD may have taken a hit from Intel’s recent 12th Gen Alder Lake Core lineup, which snatched the crown of gaming performance, efficiency, and value from the Reds. Intel also plans to introduce their 13th gen Raptor Lake lineup around Q3 2022, further expanding their lead, and AMD doesn’t want Intel to have any leverage over them or Zen 4 per se, so it’s preparing one. hasty announcement.
The next generation Zen 4 based Ryzen desktop processors will be called Raphael and will replace the Zen 3 based Ryzen 5000 desktop processors codenamed Vermeer. Based on the information we currently have, Raphael’s processors will be based on the 5nm Zen 4 architecture and feature 6nm I/O dies in chip form. AMD has hinted at an increase in the number of cores of its next-generation mainstream desktop processors, so we can expect a small increase from the current maximum of 16 cores and 32 threads.
The all-new Zen 4 architecture is rumored to deliver up to 25% increased data exchange between threads of the same and / or different processes (IPC) compared to Zen 3 and reaches a clock frequency of about 5 GHz. AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 3D V-Cache chips based on the Zen 3 architecture will feature stacked chips, so the design is expected to carry over to AMD’s Zen 4 chip line as well.
AMD Ryzen ‘Zen 4’ Processor Expected Specs:
- Brand New Zen 4 Processor Cores (IPC / Architecture Enhancements)
- Brand new TSMC 5nm process node with 6nm lead
- Support on AM5 platform with LGA1718 connector
- Dual channel DDR5 support
- Support for AMD RAMP (Ryzen Accelerated Memory Technology)
- 28 PCIe lanes (without processor)
- 105-120W heat dissipation (Upper range ~170W)
As for the platform itself, AM5 motherboards will feature an LGA1718 connector that will last quite a while. The platform will feature DDR5-5200 memory, 28 PCIe lanes, more NVMe 4.0 I/O and USB 3.2, and may also come with built-in USB 4.0 support. Initially, there will be at least two 600-series chipsets for AM5, the flagship X670 and the mainstream B650. Motherboards based on the X670 chipset are expected to feature support for PCIe Gen 5 and DDR5 memory, but due to size increases, it is reported that ITX boards will feature only B650 chipsets.
Raphael Ryzen desktop processors are also expected to feature RDNA 2 integrated graphics, meaning that just like Intel’s mainline desktop CPU lineup, AMD’s mainstream lineup will also support iGPU graphics. As for how many GPU cores the new chips will have, it’s rumored to be anywhere from 2-4 (128-256 cores). This will be less than the number of RDNA 2 CUs shown on future ‘Rembrandt’ Ryzen 6000 APUs, but it will be enough to keep Intel’s Iris Xe IGP at bay.