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AMD announces Ryzen 7000 series; first 5nm processors for PC

AMD has announced its next-generation Ryzen 7000 series processors at Computex 2022. The new processors come with a new architecture — Zen 4 and a new socket, AM5. The company claims that these 7000 series processors will feature up to 16 cores and will be able to go above 5GHz, finally putting them on equal terms with Intel’s 12th gen processors. 

The new processors are the first PC processors built on a 5nm process. As for the new socket, the AM5 motherboard platform is built to support DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 from the get-go. 

While clock speeds aren’t exactly a great indication of performance, AMD claims that the Zen 4 architecture is 15% faster than Zen 3 for single-threaded performance. This could also mean that the new family might be more power-hungry, with the AM5 motherboards able to deliver up to 170W of power. 

The new Ryzen 7000 Series processors. | Source: AMD

While the company didn’t go into detail in this announcement, we know that the new chips will consist of three individual chiplets, two 5nm Zen 4 CPU modules and a new 6nm I/O die with integrated RDNA2 graphics. DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 controller and built-in power management. 

This means that every Ryzen 7000 chip will have some integrated graphics capability, meaning users only have to use a dedicated GPU if they need one. Another new thing is that every AM5 motherboard tier, namely X670 Extreme, X670 and B650, will have at least one PCIe 5.0 NVMe storage slot as standard. AMD claims that 60% faster sequential read speeds. 

Another thing that’s common among tiers is PCIe 5.0 bandwidth, coming in at 24 lanes on all three motherboards. These motherboards will have up to 14 USB 3.x ports, some of which will support 20Gbps and USB-C. Additionally, users will also get up to four display outputs, with manufacturers deciding whether they’re HDMI 2.1 or DisplayPort 2.

The current crop of AM5 motherboards | Source: AMD

PCIe Gen 5 graphics, however, aren’t guaranteed on all motherboard tiers. Only the X670 Extreme gets it as standard out of the three tiers announced. OEMs can include or omit it on the X670, and the inexpensive B650 completely misses out on PCIe Gen 5, getting Gen 4 instead. 

Price and availability haven’t been announced yet, with AMD claiming that it’ll be releasing more details over the summer ahead of the launch in the fall.

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