AMD has had quite the journey these past several years since the first release of their Ryzen processors in 2017. Before then, the CPU market was pretty stagnant. The only good chips we had available were Intel’s 14nm refreshes that brought minimal performance uplifts with no changes to core/thread count.
Fortunately, AMD took a giant leap of faith and introduced us, consumers, to affordable high-core count CPUs that also delivered Intel-like performance in gaming which was something unseen on the market.
Since then, the CPU “dark ages” ended and 4-thread i5 CPUs became the thing of the past. Today, the standards are changed as both Intel and AMD CPUs have budget-oriented SKUs with 6 core/12 threads.
Even after taking such a giant step, AMD is not planning to stop innovating and breaking the barrier, especially with Alder Lake just behind the corner. The only way for AMD to stay competitive is by releasing the Ryzen 6000 Series on a 5nm process.
However, things aren’t exactly clear right now as the supposed 6nm Ryzen 5000 refresh, codenamed Warhol was supposedly canceled while Rembrandt, the mobile SKUs are still in production.
Since the 6nm desktop processors will not be coming to the shelves, the Zen4 generation (Ryzen 6000) on a 5nm process definitely are.
What exactly can we expect from the next generation of Ryzen processors?
Well, considering that the jump to the 7nm node process for the Ryzen 5000 Series brought such a huge performance and efficiency increase, we can make a few assumptions on what to expect this time around.
- September 13, 2021: Updated some outdated information.
- September 6, 2021: Updated information on Rembrandt and added a possible release date.
- August 30, 2021: Updated information regarding AMD’s 3D V-Cache and its potential.
- August 2, 2021: Updated potential Zen4 release date based on information directly from Lisa Su.
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Like all releases of the next generation of CPUs or GPUs, it is impossible to guess the exact release date as AMD has not released any concrete information regarding the Ryzen 6000 Series.
For the first half of 2021, we only had a few roadmaps hinting at mobile Ryzen 6000 on the 6nm process.
Fortunately, at the end of July of 2021, Lisa Su herself confirmed that both RDNA 3 and Zen 4 will be releasing in 2022. In other words, we will definitely see 5nm desktop CPUs.
AMD’s roadmaps show no evidence regarding desktop SKUs, but it’s definite that mobile chips are going to be Zen3+ instead of Zen4.
Warhol on the other hand might not see the light of the day considering Lisa Su’s announcement that Zen4 is expected in 2022 while there has been no information whatsoever for Warhol.
So, what does this mean?
It could mean two things. Either we are kept in the dark for Warhol or it has been canceled so AMD can focus their resources to bring Zen4 on the 5nm process as soon as possible. That jump to a 5nm node will translate to considerable performance and efficiency improvements.
If Warhol is still in play, Ryzen 6000 series would release late 2021 or the first half of 2022, and Zen4 would follow in late 2022.
If Warhol is canceled, Zen4 would be AMD’s main focus which would either be named “Ryzen 6000” or “Ryzen 7000 series” and its release in Q3 or Q4 of 2022.
Ryzen 6000 mobile would probably show up after Zen4.
Finding specifications so early can be a bit difficult as information is very scarce. AMD is keeping it hush-hush.
Desktop Ryzen 6000
As mentioned previously, the supposed Zen3+ Warhol was supposed to be the stop-gap for AMD to bring a small, but important battle against Alder Lake, before Zen4.
AMD has a lot to worry about considering that Intel’s new hybrid technology, big.LITTLE is going to bring an impressive increase in both efficiency and power so staying competitive is essential.
This might be the best move for AMD as the improvements of Zen3+ could be insignificant, especially when put against 12th gen Intel. But, allowing Intel to hold the lead for such a long time can’t be a good idea. We know what happened last time when Intel held the reigns.
If AMD scrapped Warhol, we might at least get an XT refresh of the Ryzen 5000 series, similar to the XT refresh of the 3000 series.
But, those XT SKUs are known to have minimal performance increases. Nothing more than just a clock speed bump.
So, that leaves us with one other option. Ryzen 6000 is either going to be mobile or APU only. But, it is unlikely that APUs will show up before Zen4.
What is most likely to happen is that a Ryzen 5000 refresh will be skipped for desktop and we’re going straight for Zen4 on the 5nm node. We’re not sure if Zen4 is going to be 6000 or 7000 series because it wouldn’t be the first time AMD has skipped an entire naming scheme (from Ryzen 3000 to Ryzen 5000).
However, what would make a Ryzen 5000 refresh is AMD’s new cache, 3D V-Cache. This boosted cache is supposed to bring an improvement of 10% to 15%. Whether this improvement is specifically going to be for gaming or overall performance, we do not know, but we welcome it either way.
What’s more exciting is that higher frequency could bring additional performance and jumping to 6nm or 5nm process can also boost performance. It may be that Intel’s Alder Lake is not going to have such an easy time.
Keep in mind, all of this is just rumors and theories. It could be that AMD is not interested in sharing any official information until the time comes. So, if they are keeping it hush-hush in the company, leaks are going to have a tough time coming out.
Moving To AM5 Platform
What is for certain is that future generations of AMD processors will be moving on to a new platform and leaving AM4 behind. And, that is not a bad thing considering that five generations of CPU stuck to AM4, so it’s time to give it up and update to something faster, efficient, and overall better.
Moving to AM5 is the best possible decision because it opens up room for a lot of new features, most importantly, DDR5.
DDR5 is supposed to be much faster than DDR4, rocking much higher frequencies. And, considering that this is just the beginning for DDR5, frequencies will probably go even higher as this new technology gets older.
Switching over to DDR5 is crucial for AMD because leaks are showing that Intel has already made that move and has prepared Alder Lake for this new generation of RAM.
Mobile Ryzen 6000
Rembrandt is destined to get out in 2022 for the AM5 platform on a Zen3+ (6nm node) paired with DDR5 and PCIe 5.0.
Additionally, mobile Ryzen 6000 is probably going to come with RDNA 2 GPUs with 12 CUs (768 SP).
New leaks are claiming that Rembrandt is already in mass production and that it is destined to release during the first half of 2022. We assume that Rembrandt APUs will release in laptops first and maybe we’ll get desktop APUs later.
With so little information on Ryzen 6000, Zen3+, or Zen4, it’s impossible to figure the pricing of these future CPUs.
What we could do is make some assumptions based on the pricing of the Ryzen 5000.
- Ryzen R5 5600X – $299
- Ryzen R7 5800X – $449
- Ryzen R7 5900X – $549
- Ryzen R7 5950X- $799
This last generation of Ryzen is the one that completely took over Intel’s gaming crown which is probably why its pricing is higher than the previous Ryzens.
So, can we expect similar pricing? Well, considering that Intel is going to be very competitive throughout 2022, AMD will need to be very careful with thee prices. This is why we believe that Ryzen 6000 might be cheaper than the 5000 series.
Here are some guesses:
- Ryzen R5 6600X – $279
- Ryzen R7 3700X – $359
- Ryzen R7 3800X – $419
- Ryzen R7 5900X – $499
- Ryzen R7 5950X – $759
AMD can push the same pricing as 2020, but they could also go for even more expensive prices if they have something to show for it. Either way, the price-per-performance for these CPUs should be through the roof.
If you are looking for benchmarks of Zen3+ or Zen4, you are a little bit early as there are no samples available for the public or for professional reviewers for that matter. We may get a few leaks throughout 2021, but it’s going to take some time for real benchmarks to start showing up.
But, when they do, we assure you that we will update this article accordingly with all of the information that hints at the true performance of the Ryzen 6000 series.