AMD has announced that it will launch its Ryzen 7000 series CPUs and its new AM5 series motherboard platform in a live-stream event on August 30 at 4:30 am IST (August 29 at 7pm EST). Presentation of the program by AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su, CTO and EVP Mark Papermaster and other company executives. Fans around the world can tune in AMD’s YouTube channel And watch a replay shortly after the live stream ends. The chip maker will finally reveal pricing and product specifications and reveal further details of the Zen 4 architecture on which these new CPUs are based.
AMD had confirmed the upcoming launch of the Ryzen 7000 series at its Computex 2022 event in May this year, promising unparalleled performance for desktop PC gamers and enthusiasts. Now, the company has teased a “new era of performance desktop PCs” in its announcement. We can expect Ryzen 7000 series versions for laptops to be announced at a later date.
The Ryzen 7000 series CPUs, codenamed ‘Raphael’, are based on the new Zen 4 architecture. AMD has so far confirmed models with at least 16 cores, manufactured on the new 5nm process by TSMC and arranged in modular ‘chiplets’ that allow for scalable designs and cost-effective integration. The boost clock speed should be “significantly above 5GHz,” according to previous announcements. A new central IO die manufactured at 6nm will also be introduced.
The Ryzen 7000 series CPUs will use the new LGA (Land Grid Array) CPU package with pads instead of pins, requiring pins that contact them in the motherboard socket. Also, AMD has said that all these CPUs will feature integrated graphics capabilities based on the RDNA2 architecture for the first time. Other changes include doubling the L2 cache and new instructions to speed up AI workloads. AMD promises a 15 percent increase in single-threaded performance over the previous generation, as well as significant power efficiency gains.
The new socket and AM5 platform break upgrade compatibility with AM4 motherboards, which have been in use since the launch of the original Ryzen desktop CPUs in 2017. This was necessary to introduce support for DDR5 RAM and shift to the PCIe 5.0 interconnect standard. However, the cooler mount and clearance remain the same, ensuring compatibility with all existing air and liquid coolers.
There will be at least three tiers of desktop motherboards at launch. Based on the X670 Extreme chipset, it will be aimed at “the most demanding enthusiasts” who want to use overclocking capabilities thanks to multiple PCIe 5.0 devices as well as high-end power distribution features. The X670 chipset is aimed at “most enthusiasts and gamers” and will allow at least one graphics card and PCIe 5.0 lane for one M.2 storage device. Motherboards based on the B650 chipset will only support PCIe 5.0 for storage devices, which will be suitable for most mainstream users.
Recent leaks Point to AMD announcing models with Ryzen 9, Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 designations. Due to the status of the new platform, it is likely that previous generation or even newer AM4 products will continue to serve price-conscious customers for some time.