AMD has had quite the journey over the past several years since the initial release of their Ryzen processors in 2017.
From what we’ve seen, it seems that AMD will not stop breaking the barriers and will continue innovating, especially after Intel’s Alder Lake release. The only way for AMD to stay competitive against Intel’s big.LITTLE is with Ryzen 7000 Series.
Yes, AMD did skip from 5000 to 7000 because they decided Ryzen 6000 to be mobile processors only. A bit confusing, but we’re here to clear that up.
Let’s see when these new CPUs will release and what we can expect from them.
- June 28, 2022: Added more information, tables and images for Ryzen 7000 mobile CPUs.
- June 20, 2022: Added segment for Ryzen 7000 mobile CPUs.
- June 18, 2022: Added new release date leak.
- June 14, 2022: Revamped entire article, added more specifications, information on AM5, DDR5, USB 4.0, PCIE 5.0 and a lot more.
- May 24, 2022: Added released date, boost clock, and more information from Computex 2022.
- May 19, 2022: Added new specification leaks.
- May 12, 2022: Added new release date rumors and a new segment for RDNA 3 in the Phoenix APUs.
- April 28, 2022: Added information on DDR5 support.
- April 21, 2022: Added more release date information.
- April 18, 2022: Added benchmarks for the 5800X3D and more information about 3D V-Cache.
- April 8, 2022: Added power draw leaks for Zen 4 SKUs.
- April 1, 2022: Added release date rumors.
- March 24, 2022: Added AMD’s official announcement for the new Zen 3 SKUs.
- March 15, 2022: Added leaks on new Zen 3 SKUs and new release date assumptions.
- February 28, 2022: Added another segment for possible RDNA 2 iGPU and reformed article.
- February 21, 2022: Added another possible Ryzen 7000 release date.
- January 14, 2021: Initial publishing of article.
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AMD has yet to confirm an exact release date for the Ryzen 7000 processors, but at Computex 2022, Lisa Su showcased the new CPUs, gave us a bit of information on the new AM5 platform, and confirmed a Fall (Q3) 2022 release, but with no exact date in sight.
Supposedly, the initial release of Ryzen 7000 will consist of Ryzen 7950X, 7900X, 7800X, and 7600X. So, just like the 5000 Series, the 7700X SKU will release later on. This is unfortunate as the x700X CPUs always offer much better value than the x800X SKUs.
A recent leak points towards a September 15th, 2022 release.
Weirdly enough, this leak comes directly from AMD’s presentation in China. They haven’t announced a date for Ryzen 7000, and yet on the top of this slide at the presentation, it says 15th September (if you translate it).
Could this mean an early Chinese-only release? And would the entire lineup release at that date or just one CPU?
Either way, we suggest you take this information with a big pinch of salt as it could be out of context.
If you’re looking for mobile CPUs or APUs, check out AMD’s roadmap below.
AMD’s Dragon Range and Phoenix lineups will be delivered throughout 2023. Dragon Range CPUs will be for extreme gaming laptops with 55W+ CPUs while Phoenix will be for thin and light gaming laptops. Both of these lineups are based on the Zen 4 architecture.
These new CPUs are a great option for anyone that’s still on an AM4 motherboard and looking for an easy upgrade.
With Intel’s Alder Lake lineup in full swing and Raptor Lake in the works, AMD has to catch up. And, they proved they are catching up with the showcase at the 2022 Computex.
AMD specifically showed the 16-core flagship Ryzen 7000 CPU running Ghostwire: Tokyo with the core clock going up to 5.5 GHz. That’s the single highest (factory) core frequency a Ryzen CPU has reached.
The previous highest clocked Ryzen was the 5950X @ 4.9GHz.
AMD achieved such a large increase in clock frequency because they moved from a 7nm process node to a 5nm node.
“We designed Zen 4 to run significantly faster than our previous generation and that increase in frequency can translate into a smoother gaming experience. And while this is just one example we’re really excited for gamers to get their hands on our Ryzen 7000 series.”AMD CEO Lisa Su, Computex 2022
However, core frequency is not the only thing AMD had to boast about. Zen 4 should have a greater than 15% boost in single-threaded performance, double L2 cache size, and expanded instructions with AI acceleration compared to Zen 3.
Currently, we have no idea what this AI Acceleration will bring. It could be a gimmick or it may bring an actual improvement to performance or efficiency.
After Computex, we got a bit more insight into the new Ryzen 7950X. But, AMD seems to be holding back on the marketing.
Let’s have a look at their slide.
So, this 8% IPC uplift in desktop workloads is definitely expected considering the 7nm to 5nm node shrink.
However, what’s interesting is that this supposed fastest desktop processor will have a greater than 5.5 GHz clock speed. How much greater will it be? Some rumors mention a 5.7 GHz clock speed.
That’s not all. They also claim a greater than 15% single-threaded uplift. They pair that information with the fact that it will get 25% more performance-per-watt, making this the most efficient desktop CPU.
Before we can confirm any of these very large claims, we’ll need to see some real third-party benchmarks.
Here is a table with Ryzen 7000 SKU estimates:
|Ryzen 7950X||16||32||5.5+ GHz||105-170W|
|Ryzen 7900X||12||24||5.4 GHz?||105-170W|
|Ryzen 7800X||8||16||5.2 GHz?||105W|
|Ryzen 7600X||6||12||5.1 GHz?||65W|
Previous Ryzen generations (1000, 2000, 3000, and 5000 series) did not have an integrated GPU except for a select few with the G suffix.
By removing the iGPU, AMD could crank out more CPU performance. And this made sense since most gamers already have a dGPU.
This time around, things might be different. Ryzen 7000 will have an RDNA 2 iGPU.
Ryzen 7000 Mobile
While most of the focus goes towards the desktop Ryzen 7000 processors, AMD’s next-gen mobile processors are also close to releasing.
Both Dragon Range and Phoenix are planned for 2023 and both of these lineups are based on the Zen 4 architecture, so we assume that these will take the Ryzen 7000 naming scheme.
Although it’s entirely possible that AMD names these as Ryzen 8000. We can’t know for sure until AMD announces them officially. Until then, let’s look at some leaks by Moore’s Law Is Dead.
These will be the successor to the Ryzen 6000 series and will be up to 8 cores and 16 threads. So, core count stays the same, but Phoenix will be on a 5nm process node so expect a 60% to 80% performance increase.
|Ryzen 9 7980HS||8/16||?||12 CUs (RDNA 3)||35-45W|
|Ryzen 9 7900HS||8/16||?||12 CUs (RDNA 3)||35-45W|
|Ryzen 7 7800HS||8/16||?||12 CUs (RDNA 3)||35-45W|
|Ryzen 5 7600HS||6/12||?||6 CUs (RDNA 3)||35-45W|
The RDNA 3 GPUs can have up to 6 WGPs and up to 1536 Stream Processors which supposedly provide performance comparable to the RTX 3060M.
With 1536 SPs, higher clock frequency, and DDR5 memory, these iGPUs will be world-class.
Not enough information on Dragon Range, but MLID expects that this lineup will go up to 16 cores and 32 threads to compete against Intel’s 95W H/HX SKUs.
Here are some SKU leaks:
|AMD Ryzen 9 7980HX||16/32||4.8 - 5.0 GHz+||2 CUs (RDNA 2)||55W+|
|AMD Ryzen 9 7900HX||12/24||4.8 - 5.0 GHz+||2 CUs (RDNA 2)||55W+|
|AMD Ryzen 7 7800HX||8/16||4.8 - 5.0 GHz+||2 CUs (RDNA 2)||55W+|
|AMD Ryzen 5 7600HX||6/12||4.8 - 5.0 GHz+||2 CUs (RDNA 2)||55W+|
It’s rumored that some of these SKUs might boost up to 5.0 GHz+ which isn’t impossible considering that the desktop Zen 4 CPUs will be capable to go above 5.5 GHz.
Information will probably go above 55W, but it should vary depending on laptop model/cooling solution.
These CPUs should be extremely competitive and it’s debatable whether Intel will have an equivalent answer.
Moving To The AM5 Platform
With the AM4 platform sticking around for 5+ years, it’s time for AMD to move to the brand new AM5 platform with a new LGA1718 socket.
The AM5 platform will be a breath of fresh air since it provides scope for many new technologies. Expect more and faster ports, more overclocking headroom, a higher PPT limit (230W vs 142W), and more.
The biggest and most important change for these new motherboards will be the support for DDR5 memory.
You won’t have to worry about grabbing a new cooler because the new motherboards will be compatible with the older AM4 Ryzen coolers.
DDR4 paved the road for faster memory with very low latency, but it’s time to retire it now and switch to DDR5.
DDR5 opens up the potential for faster clock rates, reduced power consumption, and latency.
However, DDR5 is still “young”, so it still hasn’t reached its full potential and is expensive.
This could potentially be a problem for AMD since the new Ryzen 7000 CPUs and AM5 motherboards do not support DDR4 memory while Alder Lake does. Although with time, DDR5 memory prices should drop and stabilize.
Ryzen 7000 will have one (memory-related) advantage over Intel’s 12th generation processors and that’s the higher clock rate support out of the box. AMD will support 5200MHz at launch (maybe higher with OC) while Alder Lake supports just 4800Mhz.
PCIe 5.0, USB 4.0, Heatspreader And More
PCIe 5.0 will be supported on all variations of AM5 motherboards. So, whether you get an X670 Extreme, X670, or a B650, you’ll have support PCIe 5.0.
However, B650 boards will have PCIe 5.0 only for storage while X670 boards will have 5.0 for the graphics lanes too. The Extreme variant of the X670 gets PCIe 5.0 in all ports.
Supposedly, this widespread use of PCIe 5.0 will allow motherboard manufacturers to add up to 14 20Gbit USB 3.x ports. In comparison, Intel’s Alder Lake platform can run only 4 of them at 20Gbit.
Also, we’re getting a new (and quite unique) heat spreader for this new generation of Ryzen CPUs. Whether this new heat spreader is used to cut costs or improve thermals, we do not know at this time, but we’ll find out this fall.
To further boost gaming performance on Ryzen processors, AMD introduced 3D V-Cache. A method that allows L3 cache to be 3D stacked. With this, AMD managed to add 96MB of L3 cache on the Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
That’s three times more than the original 5800X and almost double compared to the 5950X.
Since 3D V-Cache proved successful with the 5800X3D, this technology will most probably show up in Zen 4 processors too. If it’s so useful, why not utilize it, right?
Unfortunately, there are rumors that 3D V-Cache might not appear in the first iteration of Ryzen 7000 processors.
Can we expect similar pricing with Ryzen 5000? Considering that Intel will be very competitive throughout 2022, AMD will need to be very careful with these prices. This is why we believe Ryzen 7000 might be cheaper than the 5000 series.
Here are some estimates:
- Ryzen 5 7600X – $279
- Ryzen 7 7700X – $359
- Ryzen 7 7800X – $419
- Ryzen 9 7900X – $499
- Ryzen 9 7950X – $759
Keep in mind that, if they are better than expected, they might even be more expensive than the previous generation.
Before Zen 4, AMD needed to create one last big bang for the AM4 platform and take the number one gaming CPU spot from the i9-12900K. The Ryzen 5800X3D delivered exactly that.
|CPU||Cores||Threads||Base Clock||Boost Clock||L3 Cache||TDP|
|Ryzen 7 5800X3D||8||16||3.4 GHz||4.5 GHz||64MB 3D V-Cache + 32MB 2D Cache||105W|
This isn’t a Ryzen 7000 processor, but it’s a step in the right direction. It also shows us the potential of 3D stacking the L3 cache. Future Zen 4 CPUs with V-Cache will probably see huge gains in gaming performance.
Here check out the performance of the 5800X3D by Hardware Unboxed:
If you’re looking for performance numbers on the Zen 4, you are a bit early. At the time of writing, we don’t even have any first-hand benchmarks.
But, with AMD’s claims of a clock boost higher than 5.5 GHz, around 8% IPC improvement and a greater than 15% single-threaded performance, we can get a rough estimate on what to expect.
The flagship Ryzen 7950X will probably have a 20% lead in gaming over the 5950X and about 30% lead in productivity work.
For now, that’s about it. Every new bit of information we can get on the new Ryzen 7000 processors, we’ll make sure to share them with you in this article.