According to a current report, AMD will not rest on the laurels earned with CPUs of the Ryzen 5000 series. The chip manufacturer could deliver even more impressive processors in the form of the Ryzen 7000 series in the near future.
AMD made a big hit with the market launch of its current Ryzen 5000 processors. The x86 CPUs based on the Zen 3 microarchitecture are ahead of the comparable offerings from the competitor Intel in practically all-important performance disciplines at the beginning of 2021. The only annoyance for both AMD and its customers is the current market situation and the poor availability of the processors. Nonetheless, the chipmaker is not resting on its laurels and could deliver even more impressive products in the near future, as recent rumours aim to make clear.
Change from socket AM4 to AM5 is pending
The current Zen 3 chip series will very likely be the last processor generation from AMD, which is based on the well-tried AM4 socket. According to a report on the blog Chipsandcheese the announcement of a kind of transition generation “Zen3 +” can possibly be expected later this year. CPUs of this series could come onto the market under the official name Ryzen 6000 and require the new AM5 socket for the first time and support DDR5 memory. In addition, these chips are to be manufactured by TSMC in a further optimized 7 nanometer (nm) process. The increase in performance per clock cycle (IPC) of the Zen 3+ compared to the Zen 3 should, however, be moderate. The leaked information represents an IPC delta of 4 to 7 percent in the room.
Zen 4 can already inspire
If the technical details of the overall platform are excluded and only the raw performance data is evaluated, the leaked information on the real next generation of processors from AMD is undoubtedly more impressive. The chip manufacturer could achieve a truly impressive increase in performance with Zen 4: A CPU test copy based on the Zen 4 architecture should work 29 percent faster in direct comparison with a Zen 3 processor – and this with exactly the same clock frequency and number of cores .
In view of the expected clock rate increases in connection with the brand new 5 nm production of Zen 4 chips, the next generation of processors from AMD could even work up to 40 percent faster than the current Zen 3 series. This would be one of the most impressive generational changes from AMD since the very first Ryzen processors were launched. In addition, the company could use the 5 nm manufacturing process to further increase the maximum possible processor cores. Provided, of course, everything goes according to plan for the remaining development time and the information leaked is actually correct.
Question mark behind TSMC’s production capacity
The first processors based on the Zen 4 microarchitecture can very probably be expected in the second half of 2022 at the earliest Ryzen 7000 series are a little further away in the future. The 5-nm process does not bring at least the advantage that appropriate PC processors will be longer with the 7-nm chips for the new consoles Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X / S have to compete for production capacity.
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