Taking the stage today at Computex 2022, AMD made a suite of announcements, including details about its upcoming Ryzen 7000 series of desktop processors, as well as several new technologies and laptop details.
Starting with the desktop stuff, AMD did not share information about the exact SKUs or an architectural breakdown of the Ryzen 7000 parts. However, the company did mention several key features as well as details on motherboards.
The Ryzen 7000 series processors will be based on AMD’s new 5nm Zen 4 architecture. The new processors will have double the L2 cache per core, taking it from 512KB per core to 1MB. AMD is also claiming a greater than a 15% increase in single-thread performance.
The big claim of the night is the increased clock speeds. AMD is claiming over 5GHz clock speeds while gaming. In a demonstration running Ghostwire: Tokyo, an unidentified 16-core processor from the 7000 series was able to hit clock speeds as high as 5.5GHz.
Running an all-core Blender workload, AMD was able to demonstrate a 30% faster render time in a custom test on the same 16-core 7000 series processor from before compared to the Core i9-12900K.
In addition to the 5nm, Zen 4 compute die, the processor will also have a new 6nm I/O die. This includes the AMD RDNA 2-based graphics, which will be a standard feature of all Ryzen 7000 processors. The new I/O die also allows support for features like DDR5 and PCIe 5.0.
AMD also elaborated a bit on the Socket AM5 platform, which will host the Ryzen 7000 and presumably future Ryzen processors. AMD, however, has provided no firm information on future compatibility for this platform.
The biggest change to the socket is the switch from PGA to LGA, which means the pins will now be on the motherboard rather than the CPU. It will have 1718 pins and native support for parts with TDP up to 170W. Despite the change in design, AM5 will be compatible with AM4 coolers.
AM5 motherboards will offer 24 PCIe 5.0 lanes, up to 14 Superspeed USB 20Gbps and Type-C ports, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 LE, and up to 4x HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0 ports.
AMD AM5 Chipsets
AMD announced three new AM5 motherboard chipsets. At the top of the range is X670E, which will feature all the new features and the most connectivity options with PCIe 5.0 available for two graphics slots and one for storage. Next is X670, which provides PCIe 5.0 lanes for one storage slot and optionally for graphics. Lastly, there’s the budget-oriented B650, which will offer PCIe 5.0 only for storage.
Motherboards will be available from all major OEM partners. AMD has also promised PCIe 5.0 storage availability by the time Ryzen 7000 hits shelves. They will have up to 60% faster sequential read speeds compared to 4.0 drives.
Aside from the desktop announcements, AMD also had a few other announcements to share. The company will be releasing new ‘Mendocino’ series of processors for laptops in the $400-$700 price range. These will feature Zen 2 CPU cores and RDNA 2 graphics.
AMD also announced AMD SmartAccess Storage, which is based on Microsoft’s DirectStorage and utilizes AMD Smart Access Memory and other AMD technologies to speed up game load times and texture streaming.