AMD has just revealed its next-gen Ryzen 7000 desktop processors at the ongoing Computex 2022. The new lineup is the successor to the beloved Ryzen 5000 series. With the new Raphael processors, AMD is shifting to a new 5nm manufacturing process, Zen 4 architecture, and a new family of AM5 socket motherboards.
AMD Ryzen 7000 Processors
Zen 4 Architecture
As mentioned earlier, Ryzen 7000 series marks AMD’s move to its Zen 4 architecture. The new architecture is based on TSMC’s 5nm process node. This is the first time that this process has been used in a desktop processor, though we have seen its use in a lot of smartphone SoCs.
Like its predecessor, Zen 4 brings a chiplet-based design where two Core Complex Dies (CCDs) are connected via an Infinity cache Core Chiplet Dies (CCD). Zen 4 promises 1MB of L2 cache per CPU core, almost twice what Zen 3 offers. It also has integrated RDNA 2 GPU, DDR5 Memory, and support for PCIe Gen 5.
In addition, AMD is even claiming up to 15% of single-threaded performance boost, max clock speeds higher than 5GHz, and “AI-accelerated” instructions. However, the company has refrained from providing much detail.
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AMD’s AM5 Socket
Ryzen 7000 series is also the first desktop processor family to support the new AM5 socket. The new socket from AMD will be replacing the AM4 that has expanded across five generations of CPUs.
So, if you are thinking of upgrading to the new Raphael chips, you will be compelled to get a new motherboard. However, you will still be able to use the AM4 coolers if you like.
AMD’s AM5 has Land Grid Array (LGA) array compared to the Pin Grid Array (PGA) on its predecessor. It features 1718 pins, up to 24-lanes of PCIe 5.0, and DDR5 compatibility.
Furthermore, it also has Wi-Fi 6 with Dual Band Simultaneous (DBS), Bluetooth LE 5.2, and up to 24 SuperSpeed USB ports with speeds of up to 20Gbps.
Three New Chipsets
AMD has even announced three new chipsets for the new Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 desktop processors. The most premium of the bunch is the X670E with the “E” standing for extreme. X607E guarantees full support for PCIe 5.0 and advanced overclocking.
Then there is the X670, which AMD says will allow for enthusiast-level overclocking and PCIe storage and graphics. Finally, the B650 is targeted at the mainstream audience and will be cheaper than X670 and X670E. It also has PCIe 5.0 lanes but only for storage devices.
The company has already confirmed multiple flagship AM5 motherboards from partners like Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI.
AMD Ryzen 7000 Processors Launch Date:
AMD is yet to officially announce any SKU of the Ryzen 7000 desktop processor family. However, it demoed an unspecified 16-core chip with boost clock speeds of over 5.5GHz. We hope to learn about the new Raphael family of desktop processors later this year when it will officially hit the shelves.
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