AMD officially announced its processors Ryzen 7000 at Computex 2022. The chips are built on the new Zen 4 architecture, which AMD says is up to 31% faster than the best processors Intel in certain applications. Details are light for now, but AMD says the new range will be available this fall.
We didn’t get any specs or model names from Computex, but amd it still showed off its flagship 16-core chip that renders an image in Blender 31% faster than Intel’s Core i9-12900K. The company also dove into gaming, showing off a 16-core pre-production chip that runs Ghostwire Tokyo while increasing around 5.5GHz. That’s without overclocking, too.
Although AMD did not share explicit specifications, the company says that the Ryzen 7000 CPUs use a chiplet design that houses two Zen 4 chiplets, each with up to eight Zen 4 cores. That means the flagship chip will come with 16 cores, the same number. than the Ryzen 9 5950X. Instead of core count, AMD is emphasizing clock speed as the defining specification of this next generation.
AMD CEO Lisa Su said that the Ryzen 7000 will be capable of clock speeds “significantly” above 5GHz. We only have 5.5GHz speed on Ghostwire Tokyo to reference for now, but AMD has previously referenced the overclocking potential and clock speed limits of the Ryzen 7000.
In addition to clock speed, which AMD says is bolstered by a more than 15% generational improvement in single-thread performance, the Ryzen 7000 CPUs come with twice the amount of L2 cache as the Ryzen 5000. However, AMD did not mention whether the new chips will support 3D V-Cache like the Ryzen 7 5800X3D does.
Part of the reason there are only 16 cores is to make room for a dedicated I/O die on the processor, which does double duty. First off, it houses RDNA 2 graphics on Ryzen 7000 processors. Finally, AMD’s Ryzen lineup will have integrated graphics, and based on the RDNA 2 performance built into the Ryzen 6000 mobile CPUs, they should be solid for gaming.
The I/O die also allows for a host of connectivity options for the new AM5 platform. We’ve known for a while that AMD is retiring its AM4 platform that launched with first-gen Ryzen, but this was our first official look at the upcoming socket. AM5 motherboards support 24 PCIe 5.0 lanes, up to 14 USB ports with 20Gbps speeds, and four independent display outputs (either HDMI 2.1 or DisplayPort 2), all of which are enabled by the I/O die.
Additionally, AM5 supports DDR5 to compete with Intel’s Alder Lake platform. However, as previous rumors suggested, AM5 motherboards exclusively use DDR5. This is a different approach than Intel Alder Lake took, which supports both DDR5 and DDR4.
Socket AM5 takes some other notes from Intel with an LGA socket, which places the pins on the motherboard instead of the CPU (as PGA sockets do). That cloud inflates the cost of AM5 motherboards, as we’ve traditionally seen with Intel platforms.
A new socket means a new chipset, and AMD has some changes on that front too. In addition to the X670 and B650 chipsets, the company is launching the new X670E chipset. This chipset is designed for extreme overclocking scenarios, according to AMD, and comes with PCIe 5.0 support on all storage and graphics slots.
The cheaper X670 and B650 options still support overclocking, but limit PCIe 5.0 access. X670 supports at least one PCIe 5.0 NVMe slot, as well as optional PCIe 5.0 graphics, while B650 cuts out PCIe 5.0 graphics altogether.
The Ryzen 7000 is due out this fall, so hopefully, we’ll hear more about specs, pricing, and the release date in the coming months.